Here’s something that’s always really badly designed.
If you work and especially if you run you’re own thing or you’re quite senior you’ll be overly familiar with the London Taxi Receipt. I always have hundreds of the damn things. What’s wrong with it? They are not designed to contain any of the information I really need. Have a look at one.
What information do I need? I need ‘date’, tick. I need ‘fare’, tick. I definitely don’t need call sign! What I need is the date, the amount, a from and to bit and somewhere to write a job number or a project reference or a client name. Everyone needs that don’t they? Surely the only people who need taxi receipts are people that are travelling for business and those receipts will have to be matched up to a client account somewhere one day. I always write job numbers on mine, and I’m sure accounts and procurement people in agencies up and down the land do the same.
Now obviously we can’t design a taxi receipt just for me, but I think we can reach a consensus. Good design is about using concise information to communicate complicated messages. What do you think to this?
And here’s how I imagine it being filled in.
That’s better isn’t it? You lot use receipts, so what do you think?