Archive pour décembre 2008

Table tactile géante au service de l’architecture

Mardi 30 décembre 2008

Voilà une application intéressante de concepts d’interactions que l’on a pu voir récemment chez Jeff Han. Les interactions sont simples et intuitives. Elles permettent d’améliorer l’expérience utilisateur de la visite virtuelle en mettant en corrélation plan 2D et visualisation 3D.

Ce projet a été réalisé au sein de l’IGD (Institut Graphische Daventenverarbeitung) et ce n’est pas le seul projet à être intéressant.

Un écran pour deux contextes d’utilisations simultanés

Mercredi 24 décembre 2008

Un écran pour accompagner deux contextes d’utilisations différents et donc deux scénarios d’usages avec par exemple une vision orientée sécurité et l’autre orientée divertissement.

Apparemment, cette technologie devrait arriver chez Mercedes dans un premier temps.

Is a passenger necessarily a traveler?

Lundi 22 décembre 2008

« And now I must fly, Bernard. » (Aldous Huxley, « Brave new world »)

Today I was invited by AirFrance, whose flights I sometimes board, to join a community called Bluenity. On their website they claim to be the ‘the first social network for travelers launched by an airline’. A quick tour of blogs reveals this bold statement not to be exactly true: there is already dopplr, a seemingly successful traveler community (although not limited to an airline) and GenFlyLounge (a true tongue-breaker of a name), a traveler community founded by Lufthansa and targeted specifically at students.

Why would an airline (or, to be more precise, a partnership between AirFrance and KLM airlines) start their own traveler community? And who would be interested in participating in such a community? The advantage of joining, as the website claims, would be ‘discovering other travelers on your trip’ and ‘taking advantage of their travel tips’. I wonder if they ever actually observed people boarding the same plane. Most of them – if not all – just want to get off as soon as possible, us humans being more comfortable on solid ground despite all the technological miracles. Besides, people rarely interact with strangers during the flights, except maybe long hauls, and then mostly if they are stuck next to a talkative neighbor. Most people doze off, others read or listen to the music, yet others work. There is, in my experience, less eye contact than, for example, on a train, and less willingness to converse, due no doubt to the confined space of your own seat. When traveling, people in general just don’t want to be disturbed. Who would actually be checking ahead who of his ‘traveler friends’ will be on same plane? To do what, exactly? And why would I check the travel tips of an unknown AirFrance client rather than consult websites dedicated to my destination? Or should I try to attract my real friends to take the same flights as I do?

We all know that in these times of crisis people cut down on travel. Luring users to your ‘community’ is an safe way to gain knowledge about them and therefore develop a better targeted marketing strategy. Consider, for instance, the feature called ‘Trip attitude’. It is supposed to help you define your profile in the community. In fact it is nothing less than an extensive questionnaire aimed at discovering your consumer habits. Trip Attitude

Besides, you are not allowed to answer just some of the questions – you have to answer each of them to proceed to page 2 of 5 (!). It made me wonder how a question ‘I would rather buy my travel tickets from an agency where I can get advice, than online’ could be interesting for the members of the community viewing my profile to see if I will board the same plane.

The suspicion of having just another marketing questionnaire before me is reinforced by the box ‘User stories’, which both in English and in French display the same user story by someone called David. The story is obviously not written by a user and stresses specifically the feature Trip Attitude described above.
User Story

Would be interesting to see if and how this community takes off. Pun intended.

Un perroquet très web 2.0

Lundi 22 décembre 2008

Pour des maquettes papier réussies, voici l’outil idéal pour tout webdesigner. Le bloc papier imprimé navigateur et le trace forme web 2.0!!! A vos crayons…

via Design Commission

Comment offrir des vêtements sans se tromper de taille

Vendredi 19 décembre 2008

Parce que c’est toujours un peu galère d’offrir (ou se faire offrir) des vêtements comme cadeau à noël, Made in England propose la feuille des « mensurations » pour avoir le cadeau à la taille parfaite. A distribuer…

Existe en version « boys » & « girls »

Représentation schématique des métiers du design

Jeudi 18 décembre 2008

Une représentation par Dan Saffer des métiers du design et leurs relations entre eux.

The next train

Mercredi 17 décembre 2008

I like Paris metro line number 14. It’s the only line, which is never on strike. Why? It is fully automatic. The stations are modern, clean, the trains spacious and light, and the ‘user experience’ is, so to say, very pleasant. Not that I don’t like the ‘traditional’ metro lines in Paris – I do. Even when the stations are a little bit old, a little bit smelly, the light a little bit yellowish, the trains small and crowded, the advertising huge and the strikes as regular as public holidays.
One thing that surprises me as not very well considered, in terms of user experience on line 14, is the traffic prediction monitor. You see a blue screen with small white characters, which you can only read from very close. So, if you want to know when your train is coming, you have to go look for this information. And what will you see? The first and the second train, its destination and the expected time in minutes AND seconds. Something like this:
Saint-Lazare 0min 40sec
Saint-Lazare 2min 40sec
The thing is, on line 14 there can be only one destination in each direction, so why repeat ‘Saint-Lazare’? And does the user really need to know how many seconds still remain? Besides, it will take you some time to figure out, what time it is and the whole monitor looks like an old Windows computer with a permanent fatal error.
Station Olympiades, line 14
Consider, on the contrary, the monitor on most ‘old’ stations. Practically from the any spot on the quay you will be able to read the direction of the line, the current time, the expected time before the first and the second train – in minutes. I find it a fine example of an economical and self-explaining information design, taking into account its visibility and immediate understanding.
Paris metro station
Somehow I find the second monitor to look much more modern than the first.

Here is an older article on information design in Moscow metro.

Interface tactile pour système d’exploitation

Mercredi 17 décembre 2008

Suite à la publication de son livre, Dan Saffer se livre un petite réflexion sur les systèmes d’exploitation avec un tout début de proposition d’interface tactile pour OS.

La signalétique à la Ratp

Mardi 16 décembre 2008

Gare de Lyon, pour trouver la ligne 14, vous avez le choix, tout droit : vous sortez directement dehors (oups: erreur demi-tour); gauche vous arriverez alors sur un panneau ligne 14 à droite (encore demi-tour) et si vous prenez à droite vous arriverez sur un panneau ligne 14 à gauche… et je vais ou sinon ? Car la je tourne un peu en rond. A se demander si ils ont au moins une fois testé leur signalétique avec des utilisateurs.

Space Invaders : le retour

Lundi 15 décembre 2008

Après avoir envahi de nombreuses villes à travers le monde (Londres, Tokio, New-York, Barcelone, etc.) avec ses mosaïques tirées du jeu Space Invaders et avoir fait grand buzz, l’artiste français Invaders est de retour avec un nouveau projet le Binary Code à base de QR Code (tag graphique) en mosaïque. L’explication en vidéo :