Principle 5: TOLERANCE FOR ERROR
The design minimizes hazards and any negative
consequences of accidental or UNintended actions.
With universality, it's IMpossible for products and the
places they're used to be UNsafe. Things are in order (most-used items
placed where easiest to reach) to limit mistakes, and dangerous parts
are covered or removed. During use, they also require your
attention--in case your mind tends to wander.
The G-O-CUP is disposable,
made of recycled paper fiber, with the lid held by three oversized grab
hooks that fit into the cup rim. The cup reduces hazards with its
large, highly visible side seam and open rim band that act as COOL
zones for the user's thumb and fingers. The recessed lid acts as a
splash guard for hot liquids, and there's no need to push in or tear
off a tab to drink.
Designer: Timothy C. Johnson, Tim Johnson
Design, Inc., Boston, MA.
The LIGHTHOUSE BUILDING design avoids
accidents by having automatic sliding entry doors next to the exterior
wall, with a handrail to separate the IN and OUT traffic lanes. They
can serve as convenient safety and wayfinding features, as well as
provide optional assistance and organize the traffic flow.
Designers: Steven M. Goldberg and Jan
Keane, Architects, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, New York, NY.