21 Jun '13, 11am

Thoughtless design can tell people a hand dryer is a trash can

Thoughtless design can tell people a hand dryer is a trash can

@DT – the fact that the unit is meant for you to stick your hand through is not communicated clearly – I think this may be a case where a very specific utility is used regionally, but not internationally, so while for the original designer it would have been an obvious design, for those not familiar with the unit, the obvious purpose of a stainless steel vertical unit with an opening on top near the paper-towel rack would be a trash can. This is where pictography would come into play, with an illustration of the operation of the machine clearly displayed. Either in the top or along the front (maybe that’s already the case?) I just looked at the dyson airblade. The open and curved design of it makes it obvious it’s not a container, and there is a pictograph along the top illustrating it’s use. So, in this case, i think that while the unit may be technically superior (I see ...

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