For reasons that only a therapist could explain, I have an ongoing interest in the user interfaces we find in bathrooms. I was down visiting the good folks at Bootup Labs and discovered not one but two oddities in their office bathroom.
The first was the flush controls over the urinal. As you can see, there are two buttons:
If you click to view the big version, you’ll see that one button simply has a horizontal line on it.
Without going into visceral detail, such a setup makes sense for toilets. Liquid waste requires less flushing action than solid waste. It’s a smart innovation that saves a ton of water–I wish every toilet in North America already had two such buttons.
But urinals? What’s wrong with only using the ‘less water’ button? What’s the ‘more button’ for? Kidney stones?
I moved over to wash my hands, and discovered the shallowest sink in the world:
The photo doesn’t do it justice. As my friend indicates, you can barely get your hands under the faucet. And much of the water inevitably slops over the edge of the sink. And Flying Spaghetti Monster help you if you ever want to shave at work.
These sinks just seem obstinately absurd. As if the designer said, “I reject that perfection that thousands of years of sink evolution has brought us. Shallow is the new deep!”