Thursday, November 06, 2008

Now You Can Urinate With a Smile on Your Face.

A week or so ago, I had a random Friday off and decided to hit up the Seoul Design Expo. I had hoped to see some engineering feats of the soon to be future. Instead I saw some pretty wacky write-ups of some pretty wacky ideas.
One thing I've noticed in Korea is that image is everything. If it looks good, it must be good. It's the victory of fashion over function. English is supposed to be the international language, so all the displays were in English to add that professional look. Too bad the displays were unintelligible to both Korean and English speakers alike. It was entertaining to read all the mock-ups and try and decipher them. The amazing urinal described is in the next picture.

1 comment:

Brian Barker said...

I agree that English is "supposed" to be the international language, but in practice this is not true.

Communication, as well, should be for everyone and not just for an educational or political elite. This is the position for English at the moment. A language like Esperanto, certainly demands serious consideration.

An interesting video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU

You can see detail at http://www.lernu.net