Searching for flights in the holiday season can be tedious. Luckily there are meta search engines which search and compare the results of different travel agencies. We wanted to find flights to the Seychelles. We had no knowledge about towns and airports and so we simply typed in "Seychelles" in the search field. The website returned that nothing was found. That was odd. Interestingly, a second attempt typing "Mahe" in the search field, the island with the capital city Victoria and location of the main airport, returned flights.
Category: "Everyday Usability"
Lately I discovered a very interesting design of a can. Typically, a can, once opened, cannot be closed again. So it needs to be emptied in one go and needs to be carried around with care to avoid spillage. I was delighted to find a resealable can - photos below.
There is a little plastic slider instead of the typical metal hole. To open the can for the first time, the little part with the stripes (first photo, left side of the black plastic part) needs to be pushed up. This might be a tricky task. I ended up using a ballpoint pen instead of my finger. When the striped part is pulled up, the rest of the closure can slide to the left side and the can is open (second photo). Sliding the striped part, now upright, to the right into its original position closes the can. As far as I can tell, no fluid is leaked when can is closed, even after being opened several times.
The can design belongs to an energy drink. Specifically for an energy drink it appears to be useful to have a resealable can. I tend to consume most energy drinks over a time frame of 1-2 days. With a resealed can the content cannot be accidentally spilled and remains fresh (sparkling).
I want to share this funny sketch about human-machine interaction from the British comedian Eddie Izzard with you. Enjoy.
While on an airport and running from one gate to another I was impressed by a very helpful design of an airport guidance system. The sign below is part of the airport guidance system in Munich. I saw the sign immediately when I came from the small runway between plane and airport. The time between connecting flights can be quite short and so I found the information very re-ensuring. It is an informative design that is presented at an effective location.
This video is a nice example of an engaging learning video that captures and maintains the attention of its observers by visualizing the content with emojis. The emoji might be a bit overused in this video. As a kid I would probably be continuously laughing rather than concentrating on the content - but then again I'm not the target group. The idea is good either way. Emojis applied in the right balance can be a great power to capture and maintain attention when difficult concepts are presented.