Archive for June, 2010

Unusual signage: hot carrots

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Loved this one.

hot carrot restaurant

Yuzu-san on UX in public transportation

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Konichiwa blog readers. Before I begin, I would like to point out that moving bodies to destinations is a very important process. Therefore, it is necessary to have much knowledge and training in this area. A typical large city has many complex tasks to translate into simple and easy user experiences. Signage is of high importance because many users of the service are visitors from other countries. They depend on visuals to guide them.

Firstly, I would like to point out that it is my view that the Tokyo Subway system is the best in the world with the Paris Metro, the runner up. Please do not think that I am saying this because I am of Parasian background. There are solid reasons to back up my contention. The Tokyo Subway trains do not stink. Riders are encouraged by the signage to take care of bodily matters outside the trains, further the surfaces and seats are easily cleaned. Take a look at the example below.

Secondly, it is well know that boys will be boys in any country and ‘fanny feeling’ and worse is an everyday occurrence in pubic transport. The Tokyo Subway has a special pinku train for ladies so that women on a crowded train do not have to quietly endure this humiliation.

That is all I have to say at the moment.

Access to unlimited ideas and creativity

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

You know you’re perfect in every way and quite a genius, but other people don’t get it – to them you’re just another version of themselves. In this common scenario there is no room for creativity – anywhere. Operating from an ego-centric, off-the-shelf identity kills inspiration at its source. This creative process just reproduces many versions of the same thing.

I call this operating from the tiny self. The tiny self can only exist in a small, airless room – full of thoughts (compulsive thinking) – it sees nothing but itself. It marinades away like pickles in brine. It can get pretty putrid in there.

We hear so much about thinking outside the box but very few of us can actually move outside the box in the first place. I’m always leery of clients who request a designer who can think outside the box. They will usually request whatever is trendy for no reason. Plus, have you ever noticed how obnoxious creativity is when it’s trying too hard? Especially in design.

How can you get to a place of inspiration and brilliance? The best way to do this (aside from knowing your craft very well) is to go completely blank, get rid of that tiny self. Work on slowing down your thoughts, the objective is a blank mind. You don’t have to do it perfectly, just do the best you can. When you feel you’ve met your bigger self, let it come up with ideas, inspirations and solutions. Be fully confident in the bigger self; just implement whatever it requests.

Super well-known design stars will think this is a lame idea but I’m absolutely confident that it works. It can work for any designer at any level. My best work comes from this practice.