40+ Designs That Go The Extra Mile To Be HelpfulBy Luis G
Nowadays, pretty much everything seems to be automatized, desensitized, and cost-efficiency oriented. Besides the classical and washed-up “customer experience” tag, which entitles large companies boasting rights about how much they seemingly care about their clients, you rarely see places where that actually happens. Despite the millions of dollars that said companies devote to improving their products, they rarely create a perceivable impact on the overall experience. Whenever you get the product, oftentimes it lacks the alleged quality, or shipping becomes a massive hurdle to sort out (this might sound like a grumpy person’s rant, but it is what it is. On the other hand, there has been a resurgence of crafted products lately, whose objective is to really prioritize the client’s needs, but in these cases, you can observe very hefty price tags issued as a counterpart. The other remaining aspect of this category is that the motto they live by is “quality over quantity,” so it is implied that these products will be pricier than their mass-produced rivals. Backtracking a bit, you rarely get companies that are willing to take the extra step to actually offer their customers a helping hand, but in this article, we are going to show you some modern-day gems associated with going out of their way to make the world a better place. Or, at the very least, a funnier one.
Haven’t you ever had to screw a long-a** screw and felt like it took you ages to do so? Well, there are some people who came up with amazing ideas such as this one to make our handyman (or handywoman) duties easier:
As it can be seen on the image, the box of screws comes with an incorporated (and in a sealed bag, too) Phillips bit for the buyer to use. Obviously, as long as you have an electric screwdriver. Talk about convenience…
Arachnophobia: Quoting from Wikipedia here, arachnophobia is: “the intense and irrational fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions.” So it basically the fear of spiders and other funny-looking creatures. Cool thing that know there are names for pretty much anything.
People with arachnophobia might feel extra daring and try to conquer their fears in some kind of controlled environment from time to time. So they decide to play a game with spiders in it. It may not be the best idea after all…
Tires. An essential part of any land-driven vehicle that has wheels on it. It can also be a paramount element of vehicle safety and operability. If these are not taken proper care of, accidents can (and most likely) will occur.
The thing is that people with scarce knowledge about car mechanics can have a hard time knowing when to replace spent tires, but this tire company has a very clever solution for a very important inconvenience. Bottom line being, “replace by 2.”
We can find labels on pretty much any daily use product, especially on fabric goods, to make instructions and washing precautions pristine to the user. Even innocent-looking, flowered-patterned sheets have them telling the user which way it fits. We are afraid that we’ll have to take back the innocent part:
A quintessential question has some to the forefront of the debate. So, which one do YOU choose? Top or bottom? Player’s choice. Are we talking about fabrics or something else? We do not know, but is up for you to decide.
Moving on to a Reddit thing, they have moderators who help at reducing spam questions, troll attacks and eliminate/reposition questions that do not belong to the chosen category (or subreddit.) Here you guys have an example of it:
In this case, a user asks about what option to choose (or so it seems), and a moderator helps the person choose which option is the correct one. Luckily, that person seems to have some sort of common sense in him/her.
As we know, being an adult has many upsides – for one, you can finally move out and get rid of those pesky curfews – but it can also have its downsides: mortgages, balding, stress, debt, back problems, headaches, more debt, and a couple extra to name a few.
One of the main issues is having to rise early for our work duties. Yet, sometimes our lack of technological savoire faire can make us have a faux pas, but in this case, the mobile phone comes to save the day.
Quoting Wikipedia (once again), dyslexia is the following: “Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence.” In the next image, further explanations will be given about what does a dyslexic person feel while reading:
In the image above, it is explained the reason why Dyslexie font was created by graphic designer Christian Boer, a dyslexic person himself. As you can see, it was a clever idea by a person that unfortunately experiences the condition firsthand.
“Are there any other uses for a bicycle seat?” If this thought has ever crossed your wandering mind somewhere along your life, fret no more. Here, on this site, we have the answer to that burning question… We aim to please and help out as much as possible.
Ah, yes, never mind. It is a very useful device. This clever designer decided to create a seat that serves as a pump, so as to be super helpful in a flat situation. People might stop to look at you funny, but who cares?, You’ll be on your way in no time.
Toilet paper rolls… or TP rolls, however, you want to name them. They are a magnificent invention for those who want to keep their behinds clean no matter what. A great invention by itself. How could it possibly get any better? Here’s how:
Simple. By adding an extra roll within the roll so you can have a roll while you are on a roll. Because here, that’s how we roll. It doesn’t matter if you patrol or stroll; you can always have your roll.
One of the many downsides to having to go to a supermarket is to have to endure the malicious woes of having to forcefully guide an uncooperative trolley that simply just won’t go the way you want it to go.
What’s the solution? As practical and elementary as it may seem, it is of major importance. TELL THE PEOPLE WORKING AT THE SUPERMARKET! How? With an efficient and disturbance-free sign that will most likely help at signaling wonky wheels.
Whenever we are going on dates, particularly blind dates, we are basically taking risks. We do not know the person, or whether we are going to like them, or if they turn out to be complete nutjobs (it can happen.)
This bar came up with the amazing idea to help women by ordering a beverage which is a code for several ways that the bartender is supposed to help the person. This is a very useful and safe practice that can help a lot of women throughout the world navigate the perils of blind dating.
Braille is a type of writing that Louis Braille invented, a French pedagogist, sometime after he went blind during his childhood in an accident at his father’s garage. It consists of using small arranged reliefs on surfaces to indicate the letters of the alphabet.
As we can appreciate, a Starbucks manager named Liz Lalley decided to add this type of writing to help out visually-impaired people read her business card. That is a handy tool that takes all people and their needs into consideration.
Youtube is an Online video platform created by Google which enables its users to upload videos about any type of thematic, as long as it isn’t any type of NSFW content. It allows users to share comments and to subscribe to channels as well.
In some cases, we can accidentally subscribe to an undesired channel by mistake, but they thought about the great idea of adding a huge “Unsubscribe” button, which makes things easier in case something like that happens. They got it all figured out.
They say dogs are the man’s best friend. They’ve evolved concurrently with us and almost at the same pace. If properly taken care of, they return nothing but unconditional love, so it is our duty to try our best to give it in return to them too.
Unfortunately, particularly new dog owners tend to take them for walks on somewhat hot ground without meaning to. Most of us have done this without having had a second thought unless it is brought to our attention. Lucky, this sign informs newbies how it gets done, and when not to walk your best friend.
This is somewhat old-school, but before air conditioning systems became commonplace, we used to have ceiling fans on the ceiling to keep us cool on hot nights and days. And in some cases, they had chains from which we had to pull in order to get them running.
The thing is that in many situations, we are unable to tell which chain to pull. This is a great invention because maybe we want to turn on the light or we just turn on the fan, or on occasion both.
Lego’s. God, aren’t they neat. There’s even a couple of movies about them. Many of us have played with them at least sometime during our childhood. For many, they have been an enormous source of joy and a creative outlet for toddlers to play with.
Given that they tend to be so colorful and visually impacting, why would they ever use such plain boxes for them? The answer is brilliant. It is simply to let kids still be kids and to keep them surprised with the small details that make things great.
Hasn’t the following ever happened to you? In you go, into an unfamiliar restroom. Down you stare and one face to face with the rather unpleasant surprise of a malfunctioning faucet? Or even worse, a broken flush button? Well, here is the solution to that:
This is a great idea to conserve water and not waste a valuable resource. You can flush and wash your hands both at the same time. The bad thing is that if it doesn’t work, you cannot wash your hands nor flush the toilet. Use at your own risk.
What is Autism? According to the official Autism Speaks website, it is “a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. […] (It is) most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.”
A certain shop decided to support the National Autistic Society’s quiet time in order to stand in solidarity with people with autism and be able to help them out while shopping at a particular time on Sundays. Way to go!
It is well-known that kids tend to outgrow their clothes really quickly due to the growth spurts that occur mainly during certain childhood periods. Most of the time, once outgrown, they go into the closet until somebody decides to donate it or something.
A good thing is that the company used the inner lining to put a clear and concise message that incites the owners to pass down the jacket once outgrown since some other kids in less unfortunate situations could benefit from using it.
We can pretty much bet that everyone (and when we say “everyone,” we actually mean EVERYONE) has sent an eMail that was supposed to have a file attached to it, without actually having attached one. It is something to be wary about on the regular.
But not for long! Gmail created a function that warns an eMail sender when they are about to send a mail with the words “I have attached” without having done so. More than a few unnecessary empty-sent e-Mails could have been avoided with this had it existed earlier.
At first sight, they look like those funny faces one makes while being bored, or those you make while you are deep within the in-love phase with your significant other and have got nothing to do. But there is a reason for this…
If you ever wonder what is the solution to the eternal jam to which electronic devices are subdued when in need of a battery charge, here lies the solution. With this layout, say no more to those cumbersome Tetris-like set-ups to fill all of the spaces.
Reddit is a social news website (it could also be considered a social media platform due to the massive daily traffic that it encompasses) created in 2005 by Steve Huffman, Aaron Swartz, and Alexis Ohanian. There are several topics (or “subreddits”) such as these:
As you can tell by the above notice, transparency and bluntness are their go-to’s when it comes to providing info about their subreddits (“r/gonewild” over there, I see you), and it can sometimes create hilarious pieces of work like the one above.
This one goes out to those that like candy and hot temperatures. Weird combo, yeah. Although it sounds odd, the hotter it is, the larger the discount you get in this shop. You better have extra space in your pockets…
This place decided to create an efficient way to get rid of surplus products that are bound to go to waste because of heat, which consists of a basic principle: the hotter it gets, the more candy you take home.
Another case/scenario of things that must have happened to us at least once in our lifetimes: RUNNING OUT OF MILK. It’s maddening, and you go bonkers. Or even worse, ALMOST running out of milk. And the cake gets screwed up.
People at Pure-Pak® found a very clever way of sorting out this milky conundrum. Of putting their customers at ease. It consists of putting transparent measuring stripes on the carton so as to know exactly how much milk we have left.
Unfortunately, missing people are one of those tragedies everybody wishes didn’t happen, yet sadly it is a reality that many families have to go through. One where they are plagued by uncertainty. Oftentimes, their searches grow futile as time passes.
Even though these things happen, there are still individuals spearheading companies that believe in helping out those suffering the uncertainty of having a loved one dissapear, so they decided to use their product packaging to provide information on missing individuals. Every little thing counts.
There is a paradoxical situation about buying green groceries and encountering stickers attached to them. You try your best to eat right, and this tiny little chemical-ridden piece of plastic seems to contradict your efforts. And you think, “There should be a better solution for this.”
And it is. What is it? Instead of using stickers, some company decided to mark them with a hot stamp. Well… we could say that this potato… gives a whole other meaning to the expression… HOT POTATO (“The Who” music cues in.)
It is a very considerate gesture on this healthcare center’s part to actually try and help those suffering from any type of domestic abuse from a partner or relative. Domestic violence is a widespread problem and one which everyone should be concerned about.
The thing is that if they were escorted by the person who committed those abuses, the chances are they wouldn’t be followed by them in to the bathroom, so that they can use the red marker to alert the staff that they need help. This is a great initiative to allow someone ask for help in the safest possible way.
For those who play video games, We are positive to say that we might have had to withstand some type of vibe-killing in-video game behavior. Once they are banned from the server, the problem is gone. Or is it?
This Software company ultimately decided to forbid the blocked users from logging out from their games, so as to stop them from being able to create a new account and to prevent any type of troll demeanor within the servers. Fighting emotional abuse one troll at a time. From the gaming community to the devs, we salute you.
One of the scariest feelings a person may have is to witness some sort of crash between two vehicles, or between a vehicle and some environmental object. The fear of people getting hurt, destroyed property, and most likely not arriving at your workplace in time can be dreadful.
As well as this may not be some company idea, it still is a very useful way to avoid any truck collisions against bridges due to insufficient height clearance. More than an accident can (and will) be prevented by this.
Once again returning to the recurrent theme of pesky daily life mishaps and the minutia that swamps up, in particular when it comes poorly-designed products, here we come face to face those troublesome special cases: the last drops of liquid products unwilling or unable to enter any pulverizer’s straw.
A very troublesome one too, this one is almost always neglected by package engineers. Nonetheless, a company thought of actually putting the straw on the bottle’s contour, making it easier to squeeze those last drops. Genius.
Those who have minor vision problems know of the hurdles of having to go to the supermarket and realizing that you forgot your glasses, almost making it impossible for us to read the small numbers on the price tags.
So what should we do? Go home and look for them, pry open out nightstands and try to unearth them? After having spent precious time and resources going to the supermarket? Not a chance. At a supermarket, they offer magnifying glasses to view the small print of the items stacked on the shelves.
People who usually land up wearing their lunch take note. It’s a doozy. That extra spicy and dripping with sauce burrito comes with a warning for the lunch goer to be careful when taking a bite, as there is a strong probability that the sauce is going to fly out from the bottom.
So what do we do? It’s time to protect your clothes with many napkins, or resort to using a knife and fork- people might think that’s weird, but if you don’t want to stain your shirt- what other options are there?
The periodic table- is one of those wonders of modern-day science. It shows all the elements from metals to non-metals and the different groups and periods to which elements belong to. Those things that are the building blocks of everything natural on earth.
Why would a company ever decide to plaster a periodic table into one of their walls? Unless it were some kind of inside joke of some engineering company, We wouldn’t see why. It is because it belongs to a school, where they show and teach daily what objects are composed of what elements.
If you ever thought about how sardines look on the inside while being packed in a package. Has that ever clouded your mind? This package will assuage your thoughts in no time since the inside now becomes visible—nothing fishy to see here.
With this lid, you can almost even feel the texture of the fish, and how they move from one side to the other, all while being contained inside the can. It could be cool for a kid maybe, but for the squeamish ones, not so much.
“Pure and simple.” That’s the main motto of the good folks in the Design Department at Lipton. The one thing they always keep at the forefront of their brain. A very simple idea that can be handy when using a tea bag if said occasion rises.
The idea consists of using a tea-cup-shaped rubber ring to be placed on the cup’s handle, which is useful to hold the tea bag’s string in place when the tea is brewing so that the tag doesn’t land up at the bottom of the cup. Very clever, people at Lipton.
Yearbook photos. We all have one, and we’ve all had to deal with them. That beautiful time of the school year when students get all prepped up so as to collect a timestamp which we’ll look at with a certain degree of nostalgia in a few year’s time. Beautiful things.
What can be a bummer is that if you’re located right at the center of the photograph, you run the risk of becoming a victim of the infamous Yearbook bind. Somehow, back in 2004, somebody came up with the great idea of actually creating a gap in the middle so as to prevent this.
There are so many nostalgic memories of childhood for most people (even more so for those born before the tablet-babysitting era.) One of them is the slide butt burn. This one should receive a category all of its very own.
To avoid this, some design wizards decided to add water faucets to the structure to reduce friction and dodge the slide butt burn. Magic? No. Special effects? Unlikely. Physics? Yes. Einstein workarounds? No doubt. Let’s give them some much-needed applause!
Imagine casually strolling through the library (as if people did that nowadays) and looking for some titles to read of your own, and you have to reach out for the lower part of the bookshelf. Now imagine doing that with back pain.
Happily, there are still some good people around. In this regard, librarians take the creativity prize home again. Instead of placing the book’s spine facing forward, it faces upwards so that one can read the book title without any fear of crouching.
Sodium hydroxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, fragrances, colorants, Styrene, Sodium lauryl sulfate… Those names already look scary on their own but, what if somebody decided to put those chemicals in layman’s terms? You’re go insane and swear they are trying to poison you.
That is what the people at Dawn decided to do. As you can tell, “C9-11 PARETH-8” strikes a bit different than “gently aids soil removal” or mentioning Sodium chloride instead of just saying “thickener.” Those extra details make all the difference.
Soap can actually harm some people who have allergies to soap fragrances – it can make them develop hives and other conditions – which means that the unscented fragrance can have multiple benefits, other than being strictly related to food. In short, it is good on different levels.
But, particularly when eating or munching down, we can find that the vanilla-scented soap doesn’t suit well with pizza. So, after we are finished, we can use the restroom and use as much scented soap as we need or wish.
Other than the fear of death, heights, spiders, the number three, and others, one of the human’s biggest fears is to have a murderer robot accept the terms and conditions of the Software license. We bet it sends chills down your spine.
The solution boiled down to some state-of-the-art press-and-drag system which only consists of dragging a puzzle piece to where it’s required by pressing on a button located right beneath the picture. So now we are all safe from IA. Yay!
Some people say that Tesla, the car manufacturing company, may be slightly overrated (which in some aspects it kind of holds true), but it is undeniable that they strive to make comfort one of the key aspects of their models.
With a very simple tap on a screen, you can tell the world that your furry friend is safe, saving you a couple of shattered windows and the possibility of hurting the animal. On a side note, that kitty is a total cutie-pie.
Once again, for those suffering from aging gen syndrome, this might remind you of the Dance Dance Revolution game (Note: if you were born after the 2000s, disregard this and keep on reading.) Panels everywhere, only apt for the dexterous type.
Leaving jokes aside, that is an elevator that can be activated by pressing on those lower buttons with your feet. If you come to terms with the idea, it can be very convenient considering the Coronavirus context in which we are currently living in.