When Things Go Wrong

Design Features


In an effort to streamline the problem of sorting waste at Melbourne Airport, segregated rubbish bins were introduced.

The idea is one bin fits under Waste and the other under Recycling. The public drop their rubbish into the appropriate bin and, when the cleaning staff empty the bins, everything is pre sorted.

The problem is, whoever designed the bins made the outer container square so the two rectangular,  inner bins can go the correct way around or, as seen here, 90 degrees out of alignment – meaning no one knows what to put where.

Square inner bins and a rectangular outer container would have solved the problem.

Author – John Lovett


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      




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