As UX experts, we spend our days rethinking products, services, and systems. And once you’ve flipped your brain into UX mode, it’s surprisingly difficult to flip back. Constantly
criticizing rethinking everyday experiences becomes an occupational hazard. With that in mind, we asked ourselves… If we could redesign anything, what would it be?
From presentations to public restrooms, here are 11 things we haven’t redesigned… yet.
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Apple’s Magic Mouse
After traveling overseas, I noticed how restroom designs over there bent over backwards to ensure that there was a feeling of privacy. For example, the doors and dividers were almost to the ground in most of Europe. Japan went above and beyond with little buttons that create a waterfall noise to mask the actual sound of using the toilet.
What I would really like to redesign is the shame associated with bathroom activities. But while I can understand that the human psyche is not easily changed. Would it kill someone to play some music?
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I’d overhaul Chicago’s outdoor lighting to reduce light pollution. Smarter streetlights could brighten and dim as needed based on traffic and weather conditions. Lights on buildings and signage could be better shielded to direct light more efficiently. Maybe I’d even attempt to build a “decently dark” sky park for starrier nights for our city’s kids (and grown-ups, too).
Related: Light Pollution Map