Ideas for better scooter sharing experince

Micro-mobility gaining popularity because it’s faster than car-based trips. Sometimes even faster than a public transportation. In my opinion scooters and bikes will not change transportation in the cities, but will be a solid addition to current means. To have a better experince in the future I propose a set of ideas for scooters and sharing services.

Micro mobility scooters preview

LED stripe displays charge level

Micro mobility scooters charging levels

When it comes to finding a suitable scooter for a ride — battery charge is the most important criteria. It’s a bummer to find a pool of scooters, open the app, tap on every vehicle and find out that all of them have a dead battery. There are no visual indicators on scooters to let you know they’re out of commission. I propose to use an LED stripe to show charge level.

Micro mobility scooters charging levels

An LED stripe can be a part of a headlights.

Bird and Lime already preparing a next generation of vehicles to be more durable and long lasting. LED can be a convenient modification for next generation of public scooters.

AR to show charge levels

Micro mobility scooters charging levels

LED stripe with charge level is a technical improvement. Augmented Reality (AR) can be a software improvement to solve discoverability and low battery problem. Unfortunately, GPS only solution will not be accurate. With software enchantments, mobile internet and Bluetooth — positioning of a single vehicle can be accurate up to 2 meters.

Vehicle unlock with NFC

Micro mobility scooters charging levels

Taking a picture of QR or type a digit code is slow. For now, Apple is reserved to open NFC chip to third-party developers. I believe this will change with time.

No screen

Considering NFC unlocking, charge level in the app or with LED stripe — the scooter of the future will not need a display. Currently, it shows speed and how much charge left. In the future, it will indicate parking zones.

All of this can be displayed in the app with the map. Less screens and technology on the scooter – cheaper and more durable it can be.

Integration with maps

Micro mobility scooters charging levels

Scooters or e-bikes will make a good addition to city transport. Map integration solves discoverability, charge and parking questions.

For riders with set destination map service collects charge and location data from scooters, combine it with allowed parking zones, bike lanes and terrain and build an optimal route. Based on this information map service can offer a nearby scooter, estimate the price and provide the best ride.


Scooters will be a part of our day to day commute. It will take time, effort, regulations and new design solutions to bring them to public. I have designed experince for renting scooters on Apple Watch. I belive, in the future it will help to provide a smoother and enjoyable ride experience.

16th April
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Scooter Sharing App on Apple Watch

Being a controversial topic, increase of bike and scooter sharing services becomes a trend of recent years. I designed an experience for micro mobility ride sharing on wearables.

Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App

I set a limit for the design: no changes to scooter’s construction and the watch app is an addition to the phone. Watch should cover quick unlock, search and ride. The phone is needed for on-boarding, payment set up or issue reporting.

To make a decision about renting a scooter client needs to know:

Watch app can provide answers to those questions in the compact, convenient and understandable form. I defined two scenarios which can benefit from using a watch:

In front of a scooter

Scooter is in front of you. Unlock and go. Currently, services use a QR or digit code to identify and unlock vehicles. Geopositioning and mobile internet help to verify if the client really near the vehicle.

Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App: Unlock near by scooter

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Watch is about quick interactions. One screen helps to make decision about renting based on amount of battery charge.

Find a scooter suitable for a ride

If there are no scooters in close proximity (let’s say 10 meters), watch can help to locate vehicles in walkable distance. Search gives a list of scooters with charge and distance to them. In case all near by scooters have low battery, search is always accessible afrer scooter cards.

Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App: search and unlock

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What next?

This user experience can be applied for shared bikes, scooters, e-scooters, mopeds or cars.

Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App: electric car app

Speed is valuable for unlocking, finding the right vehicle and getting to the desired destination. The idea of supporting a watch app might be expensive right now. I believe with time, watch can help companies to differentiate from the competition and provide a smoother and enjoyable experience.

Micro-mobility gaining popularity because it’s faster than car-based trips. Sometimes even faster than public transportation. In my opinion scooters and bikes will not change transportation in the cities, but will be a solid addition to current means. To have a better experince in the future I propose a set of ideas for scooters and sharing services.

16th April
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Music likes: March

In March, I have been to Amsterdam and Vienna, discovered new art and found Japanese pop-rock and classical artists. The collection is an energetic mix to kick off the beginning of the spring.

Apple keynote brought Love – Unloved from intro. And the Amsterdam trip brought up the energetic story in Amsterdam – Jaya The Cat. With the track, I started the flight.

Amazingly emerging Saigmaster and Walsh show “Beauty” featured a room with deep Heart – Darkside. If you have good speakers and a dark room this is the best option to listen to it. Almost put in a trance and enjoyment.

Enjoy the collection on Spotify. Suitable for a commute or travelling on foot. For Apple Music use Convertify to get the playlist.

31st March
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Design travel guide: Prague

Prague design travel guide

The issue with travel guides is lack of inspiration, design orientation and amount of crowd on popular sights. I found out that a successful design trip is a combination of beautiful places with some tech or modern approach to the design of the environment and everyday things. I am looking for technological things which makes the life of citizens better.

To find design kicks I plan where and what I’d like to see. I combined sports, good coffee places and museums.

Last update – 18th of March 2019. Check guides for Amsterdam and Helsinki.

Museums

DOX Museum of Modern art For sure the first place to visit. The building is awesome. There is a huge zeppelin on the top. Exhibitions are usually exciting. The best option to get there by metro and then walk. Adult €8. Quite good coffee place.

Kamppa Museum Located in the city centre. Having contemporary art from Czech artists and designers. Has a nice look out on the river and Charles bridge. Don’t miss the penguins near the river. €12.

Prague City Gallery (GHMP) Gallery with several contemporary art exhibitions. Located in several places: The Stone Bell House, Municipal Library, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, House of Photography, Villa Bílek, Troja Château and František Bílek’s House in Chýnov. Pick an exhibition from the website and visit a location. €5 per building.

Národní galerie Also spread across several locations. Has a permanent exhibition of Czech artist and cubists. Also has changing exhibition of contemporary art. €6 per building.

Galerie Rudolfinum Sometimes running exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Also showcasing photography and installations. For now, admission is free.

Transport

Metro stations are mostly boring. Worth checking: Náměstí Republiky, Andel, Rajská zahrada and Střížkov.
The one-hour ticket should cover visiting all of them with taking pictures. €1.25

During summer across the Vltava river goes ferries. Can be used with regular transport ticket.

Food

La Bohème Café (Sázavská 2031/32) Big selection of tea. Nice interior and good for relaxing day. Great interior. Bad Wi-Fi and not comfortable for work. Late €2,5.

Cafe Louvre (Národní 1987/22) Touristic but amazingly looking space. Go there for cakes or a good breakfast and lunch. They have a seasonal menu plus lunch menus. No Wi-Fi. In the evening can be noisy. Flat white €2.7

Cafe Savoy (Vítězná 124/5) Classy, expensive French cafe for breakfast and brunch. Good location to the river. Free Wi-Fi. Bad for work. Flat white €3.5

Home Kitchen (Radlická 3185/ 1B & three other locations) Perfect for work or meeting. Free Wi-Fi, delicious soups and sandwiches. Interior in minimalistic industrial style. Have four locations in total. Soup from €2,7. Flat white €2,8.

EMA espresso bar (Na Florenci 1420/3) Small and cosy coffee place. One of the best flat whites in Prague. Created by a graphic designer. Good for meetings. Flat white €2.6

Locations and places

Karlin district — modern office districts, with great architecture, cafes and views. Has bike roads, the museum of post and view on a river.

Letenské sady — the big park with iconic view on a river. Has a statue of the metronome.

Vyšehrad — old castle with church and park. Second iconic view on Prague bridges and red roofs.

Troja bridge — modern looking pridge across the Vltava river.

P.S. Designers and creatives share your picks and interesting spots by mail or on Telegram.

18th March
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No dashboard for fintech products

I think in the future there will be no privacy at all. For instance, modern insurance tracks when clients leave the country and turn foreign health insurance automatically. Integration between services will be easier and fintech, insurance and health care will follow eventually. This means there will be less UI.

no dashboard

There will be no need for the dashboard in banking services. Contextual suggestions will be the best option to sell services.

While buying the new Tesla in the online shop, banking startup can suggest a loan knowing your spending habits, history and credit history.

For dishonest stores, fintech automatically issue a one-time prepaid card to make a purchase. All these done in the background without bothering the client.

Tax report for the last month should just go automatically. With all calculations, form filling and such.

No dashboard. No UI. No complications.

17th March
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Tesla and timeless design

After Tesla revealed Model Y I felt that Model S body design looks outdated. Only five years have passed since the release, and the futuristic car became ordinary looking. To explain this let’s refer to three rules of timeless design.

Tesla timless design

To become timeless design should be simple, durable and affordable.

Tesla cars are durable and high quality. Their simplicity is strongly connected to technology. And affordability depends on price strategy.

Technology and simplicity

Consumers buying Tesla because of electro motors, battery, autopilot, over air software updates, summoning feature.

In new models, tech advancements provide easier interactions. The same happening with iPhones: with the introduction of Touch ID phone lost a whole button and got simpler. Simpler looking object tend to be perceived as better designed.

Affordability

Model S starts $85 000 and model Y from $47 000, respectively. When a simpler design with more benefits is more affordable, the precious generation becomes immediately outdated. The same story happened with MacBook which is cheaper and thinner compared to the older model.

For tech and digital companies, it’s hard to build a timeless design. Technology changes each day, becoming more complex. Also, the function of the product is changing constantly. The car of today is becoming a digital extension of us. Not only it should drive around. But also match our habits and demands. That is why the design of the most futuristic car from 2013 getting outdated today.

15th March
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Design travel guide: Helsinki

Helsinki design travel guide

The issue with travel guides is lack of inspiration, design orientation and amount of crowd on popular sights. I found out that a successful design trip is a combination of beautiful places with some tech or modern approach to the design of the environment and everyday things. I am looking for technological things which makes the life of citizens better.

To find design kicks I plan where and what I’d like to see. I combined sports, good coffee places and museums.

Last update – 7th of March 2019. Check guides for Amsterdam and Prague.

Museums

Kiasma Museum of modern art Definitely the best in the city. All the times I’ve been the show was great, idea inspiring and astonishing. Ticket €15. First Friday of the month is free. And the building is awesome too.

Amos Rex museum The building is stunning. €18

Helsinki Design museum Showcasing Finnish industrial and graphic design. The exhibition is not big but with a good sense of humour and positive attitude.

Transport

All West metro stations: Matinkylä, Niittykumpu, Urheilupuisto, Tapiola, Aalto University, Keilaniemi. Also worth visiting Kamppi and Central Railway Station. University of Helsinki entrance looks like a cave! At last on Vuosaari there is a cool metro bridge.
The two-hour ticket should cover visiting all of them with taking pictures.

Food

Sis. Deli + Café (Kalevankatu 4) Breakfast with porridge pot and coffee is great. Small, cosy and authentic. Interior is a mix of industrial and Scandinavian.

Story (Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 5 flour) Panorama on the central square of the city from Kamppi. Coffee was tasty. Porridge included. Go there for view. Porridge + coffee breakfast from 11€.

Locations and places

Eira – modern expensive houses near the sea shore. A pleasant park and lack of tourists.

P.S. Designers and creatives share your picks and interesting spots by mail or on Telegram.

7th March
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Design travel guide: Amsterdam

Amsterdam design travel guide

The issue with travel guides is lack of inspiration, design orientation and amount of crowd on popular sights. I found out that a successful design trip is a combination of beautiful places with some tech or modern approach to the design of the environment and everyday things. I am looking for technological things which makes the life of citizens better.

To find design kicks I plan where and what I’d like to see. I combined sports, good coffee places and museums.

Last update – 6th of March 2019. Check guides for Helsinki and Prague.

Museums

Stedelijk Museum of modern art The permanent exhibition is ok. Have a collection of DeStijl art and architecture. The March display I saw was good too. Adult ticket €18.5

Moco museum of modern art Moco is a small museum in a traditional Dutch house. Exhibitions are great. Better buy the ticket before the visit because of the line. There are discounts.

Amsterdam Public library The library is free to enter. Free Wi-Fi. On the top floor, there are great cheap food and coffee. In addition, an amazing view of the city. Interiors and sitting spots are great too.

Transport

Metro stations worth visiting: Noord, Noorderpark, Centraal Station, Rokin, Vijzelgracht, De Pijp and Europaplei.
The two-hour ticket should cover visiting all of them with taking pictures. Around €7 total.

Take a free ferry to Noord part of Amsterdam. A ferry departs from Centraal station. Visit NDSM. It’s an old shipyard turned into the creative district.

Food

Cafe George (Leidsegracht 84) Opens at 11:00 and excellent for a late breakfast. Coffee is good. French food is tasty. Free Wi-Fi and outside sitting with a view on a canal.

Fou Fow Ramen (Elandsgracht 2A) Amazing and nourishing tiny Japanese restaurant. Portions are big, noodles are tasty and dumplings are delicious. All is cooked by Japanese folks. Free Wi-Fi. The place is popular among locals so expect a line during lunch and dinner. Price for regular ramen €14.

Pancakes! Amsterdam A chain of Amsterdam pancake places. I was in two located in Centraal and Berenstraat 38. Pancakes are tasty and suit well to start the day. Breakfast from 3 pancakes and coffee around €14.

Pllek restaurant (tt. Neveritaweg 59) Near NDSM ferry station, open fireplace, tasty food and soups. Cosy space made out of industrial ship containers. Noise level is super comfortable.

Buffet van Odette (Prinsengracht 598) Stylish, expensive and classy buffet. Good for breakfast. €18. View on a canal and interior are cool. To show off :)

Soup en Zo (Jodenbreestraat 94) Tasty, cheap soups and bakery. A tiny place with bar stools and big windows. Soups from €5,50. There are two other places in the city. Different locations have different menus.

Sandwiches t KUYLTJE (Gasthuismolensteeg 9) Big and tasty sandwiches.

Schipol airport has a democratic prices in restraints. A proper dinner for €12.

Locations and places

Oostelijke Eilanden A district on a north part of Amsterdam. Modern architecture and bridges. A district around Python bridge has modern houses for locals with amazing views.

NDSM An old shipyard turned creative district. Right near the ferry station, there is a Russian submarine. Legend says that Dutch bought it for €1 in St. Petersburg, brought it to Amsterdam and run out of money.

Jordaan – district is less touristic and has amazing old 17th-century houses.

P.S. Designers and creatives share your picks and interesting spots by mail or on Telegram.

6th March
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How to ask for a discount

There are two important rules about discounts: “Always ask for a discount” and “Ask for discount for everything”.

The trick is to ask politely and show respect for people. You might not get a discount, but with some persistence and kindness, the chances are very high.

The template of how to ask for a discount

  1. Greet the company or if you know the name of the person greet personally
  2. Thank for service or feature you like
  3. Show respect and give the company right to say no
  4. Ask “How can I get a discount?”
  5. Give a reason why to have a discount. It can be a big purchase, that you are a new client, your birthday is coming or something else. Don’t lie.
  6. Thank again.

Example

Hello, dear Amazon!

Thank you for your wonderful service! I greatly respect the policy of the company. And I will understand if you can’t answer my request.

I am thinking of getting a premium subscription for a year. Can you please tell me how can I get a discount?

Thank you for your time.

It may happen that you will get a rejection. And it means that negotiations started! Thank again a person who replied and asks for a different deal: three months for the price of two, a gift card or something else.

Be kind, use the template and ask for discounts.

23rd February
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Clean Inbox: Add Emails to Calendar as Task

In my daily routine, I use the approach called “Clean Inbox”. Each email requires some action and later will be deleted or archived. For example: when it’s a quick reply I do it on the spot. If I need to hold email I move it out to “Hold” folder. When I need to think about a reply I create a task in the calendar about that.

I used to manually create those tasks. It appeared that simple drag-and-drop of the email into the Calendar app can magically move all the data. Link to the message will be saved with the email theme.

Email to Calendar

Same approach I use for reading web articles. I drag-and-drop them and web link will be copied to the calendar. Organize and save the time.

15th February
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