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Wayfinding is more than signage – using other visual clues

Wayfinding is more than signage – using other visual clues

Wayfinding around complex buildings and spaces is a difficult task.  The main tactic is usually static signage.  However this has problems in the volume of information that can be presented and more importantly absorbed and understood by the user.  To deal with this we are seeing more interesting ways to convey wayfinding information – here are some examples that we’ve come across recently Firstly, is...

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Managing overcrowding on trains

Managing overcrowding on trains

With the release today of the MP’s report declaring that overcrowding on trains will only get worse attention will surely turn to how design and human behaviour can help. On the BBC website today one expert declares that it is all about creating and maintaining flow.  This may well be true but it seems to us to deny many of the basic motivations that govern...

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Developments in road traffic management – carrots & sticks?

Developments in road traffic management – carrots & sticks?

There has been much news in recent weeks of developments in the safety & management on our roads.  Some of the measures featured enforce the rules punishing those who break the rules.  Others are aimed at influencing our behaviour for the better.  Our question is which measures are likely to be successful? Carrots: The government last week confirmed hard shoulder running projects for the M25....

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International Control Room Design Conference – our thoughts…

International Control Room Design Conference – our thoughts…

Nearly 100 delegates and half-a-dozen exhibitors represented the leading practitioneers in control room design at the recent ICOCO conference held in Paris.  And we were there in force with four presentations and an exhibition.  If you want to see more on what we talked about, visit our website at http://www.ccd-design.co.uk/p/Conference-Presentations/ What did we learn from the event?   Firstly that there remains a strong commitment...

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Reflections on Norman Foster’s RIBA Annual Discourse

Reflections on Norman Foster’s RIBA Annual Discourse

During this stimulating and thought provoking talk, Lord Foster raised some very interesting points which, sat in the audience as a Human Factors professional, got me thinking…. A number of residental buildings were built in India (not by Foster) to re-house occupants of a slum. However, years later they still sat empty because dispite being more modern and providing sanitation, they did not provide the...

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Deralict buildings and the role of design in community identity

Deralict buildings and the role of design in community identity

Hastings Pier has recently burnt down by arsonists. Its loss raises a question of cultural identity and building function. The pier has been out of use since 1996 and become increasingly derelict. Is Hastings still Hastings if it doesn’t have a pier? What about civic pride/sense of identity? Is a derelict building like graffiti – shows no-one cares, break down of society…attracts more crime. The...

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Personal security in the community

Personal security in the community

In a piece in World Architecture News recently, we discussed the nature of the surveillance society in relation to the future of control rooms.  One issue we highlighted was how the presence of things like CCTV cameras actually intimidates people and produces this atmosphere of fear.  What is required is to breakdown some of these barriers and integrate the means of protection into the community. ...

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Control room safety in pipeline operations

From the US, came this interesting piece on utility / pipeline control room operations and human error.    It features some interesting views on operator fatigue and training possibly contributing to failures to spot abnormal operating conditions and subsequent incidents.   http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_16230206?source=rss&nclick_check=1 It seems surprising that the understanding of the contribution of the use of the SCADA systems was not captured in accident investigation data...

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Making air travel even more unpleasant?

Making air travel even more unpleasant?

Over recent years, air travel has become a less and less enjoyable passenger experience.  Notably the increase in security at airports has meant queues and hassle; budget airlines have given us low cost but the pay off is a scramble to get a seat, paying for loads of extras, etc. Now it seems that the industry is making moves to make it even less comfortable...

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Future screen technology??

We came across this which presents some interesting ideas about the future of screen techology and how that will impact on interfaces and how information is accessed and distributed.  We might be able to do without the news whilst brushing our teeth first thing in the morning though!



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