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Doors opened on moving Vic Line train – human error?

Doors opened on moving Vic Line train – human error?

From the BBC website –   An inquiry has been launched after the doors of a London Underground train were opened by the driver in error as it approached a red signal. The southbound Victoria Line train was coming to rest in a tunnel outside Brixton station, south London, when the doors opened.  Transport for London (TfL) said the doors were immediately closed again. It...

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How to get on a train without it stopping?

Followers of this blog will know that we’re always interested in human issues in design related to transport systems.  Clearly one of the issues with high speed rail is how you avoid stopping which wastes time and energy – but stopping is useful to the passengers to actually get on and off. So we were amused and interested to see this solution from an engineer...

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Can we get back to something more tactile?

Access to digital media has transformed many areas of our lives. Yet in some ways it has removed something – see how iTunes looks to keep the artwork of album covers – and one of those is something interactive and tactile. We came across this interesting concept from IDEO for a music player that gets some of this back again… c60 Redux from IDEO on...

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The office of the future…1981 style

Just following on from the previous post, we came across this video from Imperial College of their vision for future offices… It contains some interesting things that aren’t too far off like accessing information in a similar way to the internet, scanning documents to create digital versions.  But we loved that they didn’t think phones would have changed much.  Anyway, hope you find it interesting...

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Multi-touch interfaces – now and a vision from the past

Multi-touch interfaces – now and a vision from the past

We’re involved in some interesting projects applying multitouch to the design of new control systems – hopefully we’ll be able to post something on these soon.  But in the meantime we thought it was interesting to compare one of the current systems – Microsoft Surface… …with this video we came across of a long forgotten idea from Sun in 1994 for future systems called Starfire....

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What does “ergonomics” mean for designing work spaces & buildings?

At CCD, most of our work is the application of ergonomics/human factors to the design of the built environment; in particular to control centres. But the use of the term “ergonomics” often brings confusion and misunderstanding about what we actually do and the value that it brings to projects. This seems to be largely due to the strengthening association of the term ergonomics with office...

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Holograms to help you get through airport security?

Luton Airport are introducing holographic helpers to advise passengers and help them to get through the security checks more easily and efficiently. An interesting concept. As we all know airport security is confusing and stressful.  There are an array of signs trying to tell  us what to do but trying to absorb this information in this situation is difficult – so we usually fail to...

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Where do good ideas come from?

Interesting little piece from the BBC interviewing Steven Johnson on his book “Where good ideas come from”. We also like the cartoon scribing at the start from Cognitive Media, who we’ve used in some of our internal meetings.



Impact of Poor Design on Patients

We came across this interesting article on the link between design in hospitals and the impact on the patients and their recovery. The British Medical Association is calling on healthcare organisations to prioritise design in all future building projects. A new report presents research showing that the architectural environment can significantly affect patients’ recovery times. In contrast, poorly designed hospitals and surgeries can cause anxiety,...

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