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Clip for a Clip

6 Aug

FitBit thought they were being clever by designing their glorified pedometer as an actual clip (and brilliantly so), but apparently some company salesman, or retail customer, thought it still needed a clip attachment…

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Update: I have more influence than I thought!

12 Sep

A handled bag!

A couple weeks ago, I went on a rant about takeout food packaging.  In the post, I singled out Wildflower Bread Company — a place I frequent — for having particularly poor logic when it came to packaging food to-go.  Well, during the early round of NFL games (while DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket PS3 app was on the fritz, and before the Vikes game started) I decided a Wildflower “BLT Plus” sandwich, with their “Potato Cream Cheese Soup”, was the perfect pre-football stress meal. (Yes, I ordered the same thing. It’s good stuff dammit!)

To my surprise, I was handed a (rather large) BAG, WITH HANDLES!  Sure enough, Wildflower seemed to have taken my, less-than-subtle, hint!  And it wasn’t like I was being singled out by someone on staff that MAY have come across my illustrious banterings; everyone was getting these bags!

As mildly exciting as this is, I have a theory…  I think they simply ran out of the small white (non-handed, sideways-oriented) bags.  The colorful, handled bag I was given, was WAY too big for my small order; and I have seen people walk out of the place with these bags in the past; filled with numerous items.  These large, colorful, gloriously-handled bags weren’t just created… they have been around; and been utilized for special large order missions.

So time will tell.  Is my theory correct, and I’ll be handed the sideways, handle-challenged white bag again? Or will the usage of the colorful, handle-endowed bag continue?  We’ll find out next time!  Same bat time!  Same bat place!

Monday Morning Designer: Handles Would Be Handy

28 Aug

White Paper Bag

This post is more of a rant, than an insightful look at some element of the designed world.  However, it does touch on usability, human factors, and packaging just enough to warrant as a Monday Morning Designer post.  I ask you to read between the passive-aggressive lines, and find the useful pieces within.  Or, just enjoy my rant on takeout food packaging!

I eat out a lot; everyday a lot. (more on that here: “Why I Don’t Cook At Home”)  I also, usually, would rather eat my food with a Netflix’d episode of MacGyver or clear out some DVR space with my meal, versus staring at the other sad souls sitting alone in a booth.  People watching is only amusing for so long.  And so I’ve come to know the carrying solutions of “To-Go” orders from a number of food joints.  Most stick to the tried and true, some try to be cute and clever, and others…  they seem to try to keep you in the restaurant, by offering horrible take-out carrying solutions that make you fear carrying any of their food out of the place.  One such place, is a place I frequent a few times a week:  Wildflower Bread Company.

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Monday Morning Designer: Video Apps Too Good For The Video Folder

12 Aug

I'm seeing double!

The PlayStation 3’s ever-changing operating system (known as the “XrossMediaBar”, or “XMB”) was recently updated to version 3.70.  Better than the typical “Playback quality of some PlayStation 3 software has been improved. *COUGH*hackerholepatched*COUGH*” style update, this latest version brought some slick new functions; like the auto-upload of saved game data to the cloud and auto-Trophy syncing (both requiring PS+).  However, it’s the update to how the various TV and video apps (i.e. Netflix) are organized, that is the real head-scratcher.

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Monday Morning Designer: Hidden TV Buttons

31 Jul

Find the buttons! Find the buttons! Bet ya can't find the buttons!

Before diving into this, maybe give my introduction to “Monday Morning Designer” a quick read through… Right here.

The advent of touch interfaces in the late 2000’s, led many companies to do anything they could to grab a piece of that buzzword pie. Samsung was no dummy. While they began a full-frontal move into the smartphone game, they also saw fit to apply a touch interface to a market they were already leading: the high-def television.

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Monday Morning Designer: An Introduction

31 Jul

Hindsight is always 20/20, and there’s many things that influence design choices along the way (believe me!). Nevertheless, looking at, and analyzing, other people’s work can only make me (and maybe you!) a better designer. As a wise man once said, “A smart man learns from his own mistakes; a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”

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