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Rory Sutherland on Perceived Value

Rory Sutherland is one of my favorite TED Talkers (ahem, “Speakers”). He’s a former advertising executive who is concerned with psychology — specifically, how people perceive what is valuable, and how that perception can actually become tangible value. This makes for some interesting quotations, like from this talk: “Where economists make the [...]

Is a Progress Bar on a Traffic Light a Good Idea?

A design award has been given for a concept that would allow existing traffic lights to be retrofitted with progress bars that offer a visual representation of when the light will change. Several benefits have been suggested… - Less pollution, as drivers can turn their engines off and cut carbon emissions while waiting for the green [...]

Inflatable Seat Belts

Old curmudgeons like me like to talk about how much freedom children had when we were young. We had less supervision, more responsibilities, and the freedom to come and go that our children and grandchildren can scarcely imagine. But there is one area we check ourselves. When someone says, “When I was a kid, we [...]