hkvibes : UI in HK MTR

May 2, 2008

User Interface rules our modern and automated world. Hong Kong’s MTR is the most usable I’ve seen so far in terms of User Interface. First, there is sound: each station is announced in three languages (Cantonese, Mandarin and English) as for each prevention message. Second, there are billboards with blinking lights indicating in real time where we are and where we’re going (see the green arrows in-between the stations’ names in the above picture?). Third, there are tons of useful bits of information displayed here and there, inside the trains or in the stations. For instance, look at the picture below: the billboard indicates you which side of the train to get off through at the next stop, this to avoid rushes when the door opens. Pretty clever, huh?

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