Archive pour la catégorie ‘Humour

The feel-good interface

Jeudi 6 janvier 2011

After passing the security control at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam), I stumbled upon this interesting device.

The figures in large font are the cumulative rating the airport visitors give the security procedure they just have been through. The rating is done with a delightfully simple touchscreen interface:

Caption reads « Please rate the speed at security »
This device left me wondering about its true function. Of course, the obvious one is to gather feedback from the travelers on how quick the security control is working. But in an already very optimized process and with the current amount of security regulations is there really so much to be improved? So what is the meaning behind this little console? I believe it is « relief ». After you have spent time in a long queue, has been told to remove all your belongings and shoes, forced to expose your luggage and probably hand-searched as well, this interface is like your own little personal revenge. So that you walk away satisfied.

Signalisation tricolore : Comment mieux patienter

Mardi 1 décembre 2009

Voici un concept original pour vous indiquer le temps restant à patienter au feu rouge. De quoi limiter l’énervement quelques fois… Vous savez quand le feu tarde à passer au vert, surtout quand vous êtes en retard. :-)


via yankodesign

Double révolution graphique 2.0

Mercredi 28 octobre 2009

1/ Peut-être (enfin ?) un coup de pied dans le quasi monopole de l’éditeur Adobe avec une nouvelle suite de logiciels de graphisme : AVIARY Tools. Nouvelle et entièrement en interface web (Flex ?).

A découvrir et tester sur le site d’AVIARY


2/ Ces mêmes éditeurs n’ont pas oublié l’aspect communautaire et ont ouvert un BLOG, dans lequel par exemple un auteur (bon et impertinent graphiste) propose rien de moins que « les états unis d’Amérique 2.0« .

Pourquoi pas lancer l’idée à la communauté des graphistes français pour décliner la France 2.0 sur un timbre, Marianne, La tour Eiffel, la baguette et le camembert… ;-)



DPPI09 #2: Motivating desirable lifestyle

Vendredi 23 octobre 2009

During the DPPI09 conference Tatsuo Nakajima from Waseda University in Japan showed several prototypes of computer systems encouraging a healthier and more responsible lifestyle. One of the prototypes was a virtual aquiarium installed in the bathroom and reflecting the user’s tooth-brushing behavior. Japanese are fond of designing electronic pets and they love making them highly dependent on the owner’s care. The more you brush your teeth, the more your aquarium thrives. The less you do it, the more your fish is undernourished and your aquarium filthy.

Why not just have a representation of the user’s mouth and teeth reflect the tooth-brushing behavior, one would ask? Surely that must be highly encouraging? But this would be much less esthetically pleasing,  much less attractive and at the end might actually not work at all.

Here are two  project examples, which use the « fun factor » to encourage desirable behavior (and which are not part of the DPPI conference) by adding a metaphor to an object. The Fun Theory is a competition gathering such projects.

The Piano Stairs
The World’s Deepest Garbage Bin

Brilliant – An irresistible sign-up page.

Mardi 22 septembre 2009


Le design d’interaction et d’interface appliqué à l’élevage

Vendredi 28 août 2009

Copier coller | Copy and clone from louis rigaud on Vimeo.

Par louis rigaud

Augmented reality – but for whom?

Mercredi 15 juillet 2009

A Dutch startup Layar is introducing the « world’s first mobile augmented reality browser ». In this video you can see what this browser will do (for Android and HTC phones). Layar’s initiative is a product of collaboration between several partners, known as content providers, among them a real-estate firm, an insurance company and a bank. When you browse your augmented reality you are therefore informed on houses for sale and rent, ATM machines in the neighborhood (of the bank in question) and… well, insurance company offices. In Amsterdam, on an ordinary day, when cycling along a canal on your typically Dutch « grandma bicycle » one of the things you might want to know about the reality around you is indeed the closest place to have a health insurance.
This brings to mind the following question. If this is to be the future model for augmented reality, it will mean that the reality will not only be augmented by information on your surroundings but also by a very substantial amount of advertisement. Does this really make such a browser attractive?
This said, finding a place to live in the small and over-populated city of Amsterdam is a difficult task and an augmented reality browser allowing you to see the available property right along your daily cycling route might just be THE killer application.
Read more (in French): Réalité augmentée, le nouvel eldorado des smartphones, by Fred Cavazza

Mobile phones more important than coffee, or how to impress an Italian

Mardi 12 mai 2009

A Yahoo survey conducted in Italy shows that cellphone (affectionately called « telefonino » in Italian), internet and e-mail are nowadays more important to Italians than coffee. 43% of Italians would not accept to live without a cellphone, against 24% who would not accept to live without coffee. 61% of Italians say to feel lost without a cellphone when traveling.
Having recently traveled to Sicily and back I could witness this mobile phone addiction of Italians. What is the first thing any person does after the airplane touches ground and the « fasten seat belt » lights go off? Correct, switch on his or her mobile phone. As I was waiting in the ail to go to the exit, with my mobile in my hand, I looked around me and saw an Italian women get not one, not two, but three different mobile phones from her purse. She switched them on one by one and then checked the messages and the missed calls – one by one. I turned to my left and saw an Italian man holding not one, not two, but three cellphones (all different, of course), which he was switching on and checking one by one. The guy next to him was not quite as advanced: he was looking only at two cellphones and feeling no doubt suddenly inferior to his neighbor. But definitely superior to me.

« The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. » And will.

Jeudi 9 avril 2009

In the past years we have seen that every online community that starts as free and open, sooner or later becomes an advertising platform.
Take YouTube. First it was a place to publish the video of your funny cat for the world to see. Now, beside being a collection of everyone’s funny cats, YouTube is an advertising channel for business, celebrities, broadcasting channels and political institutions. That’s fine. I can ignore them, if I want to, or use them to enrich my experience.
Take Facebook. Invented to connect college buddies it recently moved to the next phase, in which a company has the same kind of page as you and your buddies, functioning just as « another friend », starting groups and promoting events. That sort of puts me off a little, but I can ignore them, too. I don’t have to befriend everybody.
Now take Wikipedia. The (French) article Pharmaceutical industry manipulates Wikipedia reveals the pharma industry’s marketing strategy for Wikipedia and shows how a subtle text manipulation can establish good reputation for a drug, discredit its competitors and conceal negative side effects.
Now, the problem with Wikipedia is that wherever you go on the site you, like Forrest Gump, « never know whatcha gonna get. » We all know that Wikipedia is written by everybody and we all know that the information might be incomplete and biased. But we still hope that somehow it will be okay.
Well, it’s not.
The rule that any open community is eventually used by somebody to make money is a reality. But Wikipedia is one of those communities which might not survive this shift because it discredits the whole idea.
Related reading: Eric Goldman « Doomed: why Wikipedia will fail »

Tabbee or not tabbee

Mardi 7 avril 2009

Orange is introducing Tabbee, a multimedia tablet for « everywhere around the house and all the members of your family. » It has a 800×600 touchscreen and looks a little bit like a Macintosh display reduced to small size. Reading the text on the introduction website made me wonder about the underlying use scenarios.
The tablet can be carried around in your house and gives access « at any moment » to a range of information services, internet included. How often do we have the urge to consult the weather or our calendar while walking around our house? And even if you decide to walk around your house carrying the tablet wouldn’t you sit down to surf the net? And is a 800×600 screen then not somewhat on a small side for viewing websites?
The tablet can connect to your PC by wi-fi (so you DO still own a PC), on which you find your own stuff. I am not sure the tablet can store any stuff by itself and if not, it becomes an expensive PC remote viewer. Why then not carry around your laptop if your want to watch a movie quietly in your room?
The site does mention one believable use case, however: having the internet recipe before your eyes in the kitchen. Now there, I say, Orange did their user research well. You see, an average kitchen in Paris wouldn’t fit you AND your computer at once. It hardly fits you AND your kitchen equipment at once and you have to be truly creative in using the space. But then you would want to hang the tablet on the wall, because the wall is the only place left. In my kitchen, anyway.