Friday, May 22, 2009

Warning: Button Overload!

Stepped in an elevator yesterday with a colleague at a downtown Minneapolis hotel on the way to a meeting...

Once in the elevator, we turned to see this.

We had to do a double take to figure out which surface/button to push for the 3rd floor -- is it the one on the left or the right?!

In this example, the black circles have raised floor numbers and braille; the white buttons are the ones you press.

I understand the requirements for blind/visually impaired people -- the raised numbers and braille have to be mapped to the appropriate button. But, in this case, having to feel one's way around this button layout leaves a lot to be desired.


UPDATED: Interesting post on Elevator Button Chaos Theory from Jeffrey Austin White

No comments: