reflections

PRO(duct)-DESIGN

I got into the office early and I noticed the red can on the left in the picture above on one of the tables. In a split of a second, I thought "what was an insecticide doing in here?" as I couldn't smell the choky smell of it being used. Obviously, the office assistant forgot to take it along after cleaning.

Anyway, I sat at my desk trying to get into the day's work when I noticed a creepy spider on my wall. I got up like "den! den!! den!!!" you are dead. I rushed to the table to pick up the can I spotted earlier, dashed back to my table and sprayed the hell out of the spider. My nose was subconsciously insensitive to the smell as I was prepared to capture the spider's fatal fall and death under the choky smell of my wicked deed, then I realised the smell was odourless and the spider was gallivanting joyously. I was hit by the brick-wall sound effect "windows" always makes with a big speech bubble that read "NTOI!" from the spider.

I looked at the can again, then I saw "Mr Sheen multi surface polish" for wood, glass, metal, plastic. I shook my head in disappointment and said to myself, "Another failed design".

The reason is this simple.  My mind has attached red in that space to insecticides which automatically made me think it was an insecticide in the first place. According to the psychology of colour as shown below, red might not be a very good choice of colour for "Mr. Sheen" but hey! the product has been in existence before I was born.

For polish and stuffs, I expect cool colours to be used like blue etc.

Perhaps, products could be designed for design sake and just let people get used to it by constantly shoving it in their faces or design could be done with the user in mind to deliver great products and experiences.

Anyway, I have learnt to read the labels on every product before use so as to cure my ignorance. I hope you do too.