Slow drivers camping out in the fast lane!
Put a greater emphasis on how to utilize the fast lane on the driver's test and in driver's training, i.e. teach that when another car is right behind you and appears to want to pass, with your blinker on carefully move over into the lane to your right; put signage on the freeway, something like, "Slower drivers stay in right lanes," or, "All slow pokes keep the hell out of the fast lane," etc.
When you are trying to compress a video efficiently, why do these compression programs have to be so wordy and confusing?
Take out all of the junk and replace it with words we are used to seeing everyday. Cool!
Stop Making More Lanes!
Instead of encouraging more cars on the road, why don't we spend time on expanding the metro line to the big western portion of Miami that hasn't been serviced at all by anything but hour-long buses. This the main congestion area for people commuting north, south and east in peak hours, a lot of people would appreciate this.
Current ATM Lobby Access
Here is an example of a small design problem that can be easily fixed. Devices like the one depicted in the above image are used for entry to ATM Lobbies.. why you need to swipe a card to access an ATM lobby is beyond me.. do they think homeless people cant simply just go in after someone.. or obtain a gift card or something? Regardless.. I am always putting my card into these things in like 4 different ways before I see the green LED light indicating that I'm worthy of entering an ATM Lobby..
Proposed ATM access thing design
This is an extremely easy design problem to fix.. just add an arrow indicating where the stripe should go! The problem is that actually getting this done is probably a giant bureaucratic mess and the last thing that big banks are thinking about.. a shame because this type of base level user experience subconsciously permeates through our opinion of a brand.
I live on Miami Beach. Why do they allow so many cars on the beach? Why is the only solution to build more parking lots? It is such an unimaginative solution. Why can't there be restrictions on how many cars enter and restrictive zones similar to European cities? I was ticketed in Rome for entering a restrictive zone. You could only drive a private vehicle to your hotel to check in. Then you had to park your car until you left the city.
Restrict the amount of vehicles permitted onto the beach and create restrictive zones.
As a graphic designer, it's common to hear clients asking for their logo to be bigger in the design solution you present to them.
Seek to understand the goal of the client. The ability of my client to trust me as a designer is dependent on the depth of our relationship. I will have to take time to understand their goals, and educate them on the design strategy. At the end of the day, the logo (brand) will be the "biggest" element in the context the bigger picture.
There are not enough bookstores or places for literary community to gather in Miami. As local bookstores close down with publishing models changing across the industry worldwide, readers are starved for access to books and a community around them. It’s not just the books, which can obviously be ordered online for previously unheard levels of cheap, it’s also the friends and interactions that come with being around other readers face to face that Miami needs. Our city is only as strong as the smart and literary community within it.
Start a mobile library! Since the big box bookstore is increasingly unsustainable, and the independents struggling to survive, room for new models for the dissemination of reading materials is growing. So I started Bookleggers nearly two years ago, and once a month I give away a free book to everyone who shows to a weird place in Miami. I started it for the love of books, but more importantly for the reading community. The book is theirs for as long as they want. Other books are available for trade or a small donation. One person’s finished paperback book is another’s reading treasure!
I can't find an image of Milton Glaser's complaint poster.
(Note: This solution is a Wolfsonian staff intervention)
Milton Glaser's poster can be viewed on our blog, as can others in our poster exhibition Complaints! An Inalienable Right, curated by Steven Heller. Each day we're showcasing one poster online, until we've posted all seventy-plus pieces. The posters will also be on view at The Wolfsonian beginning March 20. Milton Glaser's poster, Pick One, kicked off the online exhibition, so to view you can either scroll down to early blogs or use the Posters filter. Enjoy the show!
Small Buildings Prohibited
Pretend you are small property owner in one of Miami’s urban neighborhoods. Miami zoning laws (“Miami 21”) make it virtually impossible for you to build a building and to participate in the revitalization of your own neighborhood. For example, you own one lot, and in Miami that lot is typically 5,000 square feet. You want to build a modest rental apartment building with 8 units, but Miami 21 requires 5,040 square feet of parking spaces and driveway. Miami 21 requires 1.5 parking spaces per unit, each approximately 200 square feet, for a total of 2,400 square feet. The driveway along these 12 spaces must be 2-way (in and out), which is typically 22 feet wide, for a total of 2,640 square feet. A big developer could buy your lot and others nearby, build a parking garage to meet Miami 21 parking requirements, and continue with a condo tower on top. But your small lot in and of itself is rendered useless, worthless.
Help Small Buildings
The largest single regulatory obstacle to fine-grain urban revitalization is required parking. So get rid of required parking for small buildings! For example, no required parking for buildings 10,000 square feet and smaller. Doing so would help small property owners, make more revitalization projects feasible, reduce housing costs, promote walking and biking and transit, improve public health, and help build the dense but low-rise neighborhoods that create economic opportunity and culture.
Why can't I see the water?
The vast majority of Miamians experience Biscayne Bay while riding over one of the various causeways that connect the city to Miami Beach. This is a shame! Where is our waterfront? Miami Beach is beautiful but many of us don't live there or even often go there, the city of Miami deserves its own waterfront and why shouldn't we have it? I don't like making comparisons to other cities but I certainly can envision a pathway akin to Chicago's Lake front or Boston's Riverside...
More green space!
Create more green space that is not only pedestrian friendly, but water friendly along the city side of Biscayne Bay. There are a few examples of this in places like Morningside Park and Margaret Pace Park, but both are strictly prohibitive in terms of actually accessing the water. The city has done a great job in creating more waterfront green space with parks like Manatee Bend Park, but this effort needs to increase as areas like the Biscayne Corridor and Downtown.