smalltalk on toilets – for interesting08

june 20th was the interesting day! thanks to russell, i got a 3-min talk slot in exchange for the ticket to the event. the day was full of inspiring and interesting talks, thanks to all speakers and participants who made the day shine bright. some video clips seem to be available through the Guardian, if you want to taste the flavour of the day. personally i was glad to get a chance to push myself to poke at some old piles of photos i randomly collected on toilets for the past couple of years.

why am i interested in toilets? my banal explanation is that toilets are the mirrors of culture with their prominence for everyone’s life in the society. the design of toilets can be a powerful element in providing anyone’s happiness, a sense of wellbeing, or even a feeling of small everyday achievement.

i am always shy about putting any work related slideshow on my weblog but as this is my hobby – the slideset from the day is downloadable in this page for anyone who’s interested in the topic & promises not to get offended by any part of the content. it’s a powerpoint file with brief explanation on each slide found in the ‘notes’ window.

download: small smalltalk on toilets (powerpoint, 2.2mb)

17 thoughts on “smalltalk on toilets – for interesting08

  1. Steve Portigal

    Fantastic. Toilets are great fodder for design and cultural stuff, and always seem to end up on our blog
    http://www.portigal.com/blog/fair-warning/
    http://www.portigal.com/blog/do-this-dont-do-that/
    http://www.portigal.com/blog/brand-equity/
    http://www.portigal.com/blog/the-toilet-flusher-that-comes-with-an-explanatory-memo/

    And in a recent issue of interactions, I explored the problem-solving nature of travel toiletting http://www.portigal.com/blog/ask-for-our-latest-article-the-journey-is-the-reward/

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  3. Wonsuk Choi

    I found your blog accidentally, but you have packed here with great articles and pictures. At the moment I am staying in Rovaniemi, Finland; it seems you are in Japan. Might be hot?

    It is seldom to find a good blog like this.
    May I sometimes visit and take some of your articles?

    I just started my blog, and don’t know what would it be.

  4. Charles Frith

    There’s always that lovely post by Jan Chipchase after going into the wrong toilets in Iran. Not sure of the link but worth a google for the bearded fella observation.

  5. nyuudo

    Younghee is probably one of the smartest young women inside the blogsphere, everything is so interesting in what she write, even toilets!

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  7. Stephanie Rieger

    Lovely presentation! Thanks for sharing it.

    One of my favourite examples of toilet signage can be found in Singapore where shiny new facilities often include signs instructing people not to stand on the toilet seats. Singapore has such a large multi-cultural and migrant worker population that many residents come from countries where squat toilets are still the norm. Using ‘proper’ toilets with seats must be quite the shock. (To be honest I find that when i travel in Asia I often prefer the older squat toilet + bucket of water arrangement…)

  8. v

    hei, hope you’re familiar with slavoj zizek’s contribution to the topic of toilet and different national cultures.. :)

  9. Maaretta Tukiainen

    Hi! Great stuff, I truly enjoyd this power point -presentation. Thank you also for your inspiring input in Grid 08, Stockholm. It was a real pleasure listening to you there.

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