Why are trash cans angled on bike lanes?

Bicycles are must-haves in Copenhagen. Some Danish people told me they have multiple bicycles; one for commuting between home and the train station, the other one for commuting between the train station and workplace, and the last one for the weekend. I was particularly surprised that some trash cans are even angled so bike riders can throw…

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Verbal instructions do not work

People often use verbal signs to give instructions to others. The store owner posts a sign on the window saying, “This is a window, please use the door.” Government officers paint “Look Right” at the pedestrian crossing. However, I have observed numerous store visitors and pedestrians mistakenly push or slide the window and look left…

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Traffic light labels on wine

People often do things while drunk that they regret when they sober up. Opening expensive wines is one of them. In order to solve this problem and, more academically speaking, to overcome the hot-cold empathy gap (proposed by George Loewenstein), I adopted traffic light system. I place red sticky notes on the definitely expensive wines…

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Please help us recycle easily

We want to voluntarily participate in recycling but do so only when it is easy. Recently, I met two bin boxes next to each other at a university in Seoul. Unfortunately, their colors and names made me confused: the left one had a blue cover and a green panel saying “recycled” and the right one had…

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Lightening tactitle paving for pedestrian safety

Tactile paving is a system of textured ground surface indicators. It aims to assist pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired (see Wikipedia) and is also called truncated domes, detectable warnings, Tactile Ground Surface Indicators, or detectable warning surface. In Seoul, Korea, some of the tactile pavings light up at night. Interestingly, its color turns…

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Self experiment for behavior change

Changing behavior is important but challenging. Thus, it attracts huge attention among practitioners as well as researchers. For instance, Charles Duhigg introduced various examples in his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Professor BJ Fogg at Stanford University proposed a behavior change model at the Persuasive Technology Lab. Designers graduating from…

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Hand print for escalator safety

Jenny Xie wrote A Potentially Brilliant Idea to Keep Escalator Obstructors to the Right at the Atlantic Cities. In her article, a London-based designer called Yoni Alter made an interesting proposal to signal “stand on right, walk on left.” Although his idea has not been implemented yet, he proposed to paint two different foot prints on the…

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Behavioral Economics for Design

“Behavioral Economics for Design,” Presented at the Young Members Event, International Conference of Engineering Design 2013, Seoul: Korea, Aug 19-22, 2013. Designers will benefit from BDT (Behavioral Decision Theory) or Behavioral Economics in two ways. First, they could improve the effectiveness of their design outcomes by finding users’ psychological errors and then creating designerly solutions. Secondly,…

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Young Members Event, ICED 2013 @ Seoul

The Design Society and the Organizing Committee of ICED13 invite young design researchers and designers, including design students, to participate in this discussion on the future of design and to join the networking of international young design community. Please send an email to dinstitute@skku.edu with your name, affiliation and contact information by August 16th (Friday)…

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Package design for health supplement

Recently, Yuyu changed the package of its health supplement. Its previous package provides information mostly in the front side and mostly in the verbal format, which makes it challenging for its sale representatives to communicate with potential buyers. The new package embraces visual design and zoning. It now provides much information visually as well as provides different types of information in different…

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