Kindle Cover Disasters: the world’s worst ebook artwork

Judging a book by its cover is generally frowned upon, but the same cannot be said for ebooks. Especially when they are ebooks called Young Tales of the Old Cosmos, and the cover is a picture of three moons with human expressions best described as “Buh?”, “Hmm” and “Ooh”. When they’re that, you can frankly […]

Tracking travelers’ phones let Cincinnati airport cut security line waits by a third

Going through airport security is a miserable experience, but airports are at least starting to figure out ways to get you through the line quicker. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport says that the median wait time in its security lines has dropped by a third, going from 13.2 minutes to 8.9 minutes, after installing a system […]

Why we should design things to be difficult to use

Something similar has happened to driving. It’s possible to hurtle down a road at 50 miles an hour without thinking at all – until it’s too late. One of the most successful safety design campaigns of recent years aimed to tackle this. The shared space movement puts ambiguity back into road use, for pedestrians and […]

University installs prototype ‘pee power’ toilet

A prototype toilet has been launched on a UK university campus to prove that urine can generate electricity, and show its potential for helping to light cubicles in international refugee camps. Students and staff at the Bristol-based University of the West of England are being asked to use the working urinal to feed microbial fuel […]

A brief history of user experience design

A good primer on user experience design here by Ali Rushdan Tariq: Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant. What cuisine did it serve? What made you to choose that particular restaurant? What was your first impression as you walked in? Were you asked to wait till you were ushered to an available […]

The future of design: texting cows and life-saving toilets

Immense pleasure might be derived from Moocall, a device that allows cows to send text messages to farmers. Not of the “Set me free” or “Stop squeezing so hard” kind, but an auto-alert along the lines of “COME QUICK, I’M HAVING BABIES!” Moocall simply slips on to a cow’s tail and, using gesture- recognition technology, […]