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November 5th, 2005

Kleenex Usability

The usability geek in me just got a little happy.

On my desk at work I have a box of Kleenex. Of course. I pulled a tissue out yesterday, and noticed that the next tissue that popped up was a different color than my tissues; it was yellow instead of white.

Then I figured it out: this was a visual indicator that the box was almost out of tissues! How smart is that? I’ve never seen this in any boxes at home (this is a “Commercial” Kleenex box) – but I wonder why it isn’t more widespread.

Posted in Consumer Commentary

FROM: Todd
DATE: Sunday November 6, 2005 -- 1:24:33 pm
I believe this is to allow hospitality service workers (maids at hotels for example) to know whether or not they need to change out a box. That way a guest doesn't run out during their stay. At home, well when you run out, you just grab a new box.



OMG! November 6, 2006, 2:41 am

THAT IS BRILLIANT! WHICH SMARTIE PANTIEST INVENTED THAT?1

Ryan November 6, 2006, 2:35 pm

Bonus points to whoever can use the phrase “SMARTIE PANTIEST” in a regular conversation today.

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