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Behaviour in crowds and paying attention

Behaviour in crowds and paying attention

Part of what influences our experience of places like airports is how those around us behave. Of course it’s not always positive as far as our own perception goes – a recent piece on-line highlighted the 12 most annoying things other passengers do – http://goo.gl/rRIi6v  We’ve probably all experienced most of these (and been guilty of some of them too!).  However we’ve pointed the link to...

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Joined up journeys

One of the advantages that the car has over public transport is that it takes the passenger from A – B, door to- door, no changes, no hassle. So as well as being the ultimate consumer product, it is also convenient and easy. But with the costs of motoring rising, and roads becoming more congested, the car is losing much of its shine. Urban planners...

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Self-service can work!

Self-service can work!

In the latest blog in our series relating to self service we look at a library kiosk. One of the libraries we use has a self service kiosk called smartserve 400 (http://www.bibliotheca.com/1/index.php/our-products/self-service-kiosks/smartserve400) It’s a revelation! The on screen instructions are easy to read and follow and include clear and helpful graphics to illustrate them The space where you wave or swipe your books to borrow...

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The end of glass skyscrapers?

The end of glass skyscrapers?

An article on the BBC news magazine this week raised the question of whether the architectural profession is turning against designing buildings with vast amounts of glass. Certainly we’ve always found in our interiors work that there is great value in delivering daylight to all users of a building.  There are challenges in controlling it of course.  And the comments of Ken Shuttleworth raise some...

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Is the answer to better experiences about tech or people…or both?

Is the answer to better experiences about tech or people…or both?

We were recently reading a blog about reducing the pain of the taxi queue at airports as another component of improving the elusive passenger experience. The solution offered in the blog (coming from a tech company) was live information on waiting times. Such an approach could have the added benefit of feeding data back to the taxi companies so they could alter their services in...

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Materials, feelings and personalisation

Materials, feelings and personalisation

Great piece on the Engadget website about the choice of materials for the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Now we are going to stay away from any arguments of Samsung vs Apple. But we thought the piece was interesting to see a view on the choice of materials and how it relates to your feelings about a product.  The metallic iPhone feels strong and robust but...

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Overtaking lanes in public spaces?

Overtaking lanes in public spaces?

We’ve all experienced it in public spaces such as shopping centres, airports, stations etc…you’re in a rush but it’s crowded and you’re stuck behind people wandering along or moving slowly with piles of luggage or shopping. According to a trial at Sheffield Meadowhall shopping centre maybe the answer is segregation or at least trying to remind people they are sharing a space with people who...

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Making us happy in public places

Making us happy in public places

In a recent meeting on a transport project we were talking about the things that enhance our travel experience as passengers.  There was all the usual stuff there about service, facilities etc. But for a moment we talked about those little extra things that make us smile on our journey and we remember. We all thought back to the street pianos that were around during...

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Human Behaviour and Innovation

There was a great feature published on the Design Council website recently about the potential for behavioural design to join up research and practice and to be used to have real impact on a range of social issues. It recognised that many of the issues faced are governed by human behaviour.  Therefore understanding that behaviour better must be key to finding solutions.  In particular linking...

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The future of self-service & customer experience

The future of self-service & customer experience

There was news last month that some supermarkets are reviewing the use of self-service checkouts. Research has suggested that they do not save time for customers and that they maybe contributing to an increase in theft. There had previously been an expectation that we would see increasing amounts of self-service in supermarkets because they save on staff costs and were expected to reduce queue lengths....

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