Door design and the affordances of push and pull

I wrote about door design a few years ago and listed two similar examples: 

Here's another nice design from an elementary school. I asked a child to open the door from both sides. Note the different handles and how a child (125 cm tall) interprets them. Note also the heigh at where they are positioned (chest height vs. over head height). However, while observing adults they often get confused with the pulling one (trying to push the handle at below the chest height).



A 25 years old map of Europe on a Lorry is not a good advertisement

Last time I wrote about a simplified world map in a store and (unsuccessfully) wondered about the design decisions behind it. This map is from the trailer of a lorry taken in 2013 in Germany. The trailer doesn't look like being 25 years old. The colours of the stickers are very vivid. The trailer looks new. So why would someone put it on the side of the truck? I've no idea ...


A simplified map at the store - what's the message behing such design?

Here is a description and missing parts of the map:

  • Italy is squeezed but the reason is a bold line used to sketch up the map
  • both Malaysia and Indonesia are missing (the area bigger than UK or Ireland which are on the map)
  • Japan's not there even if its size is bigger then UK's (377,944 compared to 243,610 km²)
  • Greenland and Iceland are missing
  • the islands in the Central America (Caribbean) are missing
  • New Zealand is missing (and Tasmania as well)

The map raises several design related questions. What is the purpose of this map anyway. To communicate that the aisle contains international wines? Does it do a great job? Maybe the missing countries don't produce wine. Well Japan does. And New Zealand does. Maybe the store does not sell wines from missing countries. What is the message of this map ....?!?

Designing labes on alcoholic beverages - with humour

Humour is a way to go.


I remembered to have read a story a while ago about South African low cost airlines Kulula Airlines which incorporates a bit of humour in the otherwise monotonous messages such as:

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Cape Town. You can disembark in a moment, except for the hunk in 13A, who is welcome to stay."