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Why are AC adapters (wall warts) designed to block adjacent AC outlets?

The AC adapters for a lot of equipment seem to be specifically designed to block the AC outlets around it (this is in the US). Is this a safety feature to minimize the power to that outlet or just ...
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Why are sinks always rounded?

I've noticed a trend recently that some sinks have a flat base, but they seem to be few and far between. Are there any reasons related to UX for why sinks have traditionally always been round?
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UCD books for a Product Designer? [closed]

My brother, who is a Product Designer, has become interested in User-Centred Design through my preachings and has been reading my Donald Norman books. Can anyone recommend any books that touch on ...
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Recommended best practices for industrial interface design?

I'm looking to collect input on best practices for the design of industrial HMI. There are already standards promoted such as ISA-5.5-1985, Graphic Symbols for Process Displays, but the writing ...
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Is the middle power option 50% or 60%?

A friend of mine has a blender with 6 control selections: One off position, and five power settings in order of less to more power. Example below: A discussion has erupted over whether or not the ...
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Airport kiosk signage title

I am designing signage for a Kiosk machine, which lets departing travelers deposit their leftover foreign money into various online products such as e-wallets, e-gift cards, or a donation. It will be ...
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References about error and warning sounds in an industrial environment

I'm developping an industrial monitoring interface, and as the user is not always in front of its computer, we need sounds to help the user differenciate different behaviours ( incoming error, ...
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How can we improve the UI of cars and other vehicles?

Is a steering wheel the best way to interact with cars? What do you think the future will be like for transport UI? Will it even require a UI?
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Mega-scale industrial resource management UI case studies

We are setting out to design a system capable of managing a system that is comprised of 100,000 individually addressable resources (electro-mechanical controllers). One very important visualization ...
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Why do most microwaves have a “Popcorn” button?

I can't imagine that the usage level of popcorn substantiates its special treatment on a microwave's user interfaces – at least any more emphasis than other common foods. Removing this (and other ...
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How to move to the ux from industrial design? [duplicate]

Just found this site and it's my first question. Bit of a long story, but I think most of it is relevant considering the question. (If you are in a hurry, you can jump straight to the questions) So. ...
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Product design materials [closed]

Do industrial designers have a rule for the number of materials used in a product? What if I want to use moss for a board game? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...