People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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Everyday Usability: Card Swipers

Ever since reading Don Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things (there’s an updated edition, by the way), I’ve been particularly more observant of design and usability around me. A few years ago, we started the Everyday Usability series. In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed the design and usability of card swipers. Card swipers = where you swipe your credit or debit card to pay for a purchase, or a library card or copy card to pay for a photocopy, or bank/debit card to enter a bank after hours. Sometimes you have to swipe the card upside down, sometimes right side up. Why can’t we have a universal card swiper where it doesn’t matter how we swipe the card?

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Let’s Play A (Sustainability) Card Game

Can you design a refrigerator that discourages food waste or a tea kettle that only boils the amount of water people need?

Could the design of a refrigerator influence users to throw out less food?

Leyla Acaroglu, recent TED Talk speaker, aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. In her talk, she discusses four bits of “environmental folklore,”  including the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper bag over the plastic one. Through a sustainability design card game, she aims to get individuals and companies looking at the full life cycle of products in order to make decisions that can actually affect change. Read more and freely download the DIY sustainability design print and play cards.