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Design matters (22): Phases of the moon

“Every day, the moon rises fifty minutes than the day before.”

I found this video really helpful for visualising the details of how moon-phases work. It combines clear explanation of how the moon is moving with:

  • “Human-eye” views of the position of the moon relative to the sun as they move across the horizon in different lunar phases
  • “God’s-eye” views of the sun, moon and earth showing their relative movement with a split-screen to show the view from earth
  • A clear, repeated takeaway to help us remember what’s going on (above)

Even better than the moon on a stick.

P.S. If you were wondering, the moon orbits the earth in the same direction that the earth spins.

See also:

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Design Matters (17): Elevator Control Panel Nightmares

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Design Singapore: Changi airport (1)
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Design Matters (13): Dark Patterns
Design Matters (12): IKEA Detergent Bottle
Design Matters (11): PowerPoint Wizardry
Design Matters (10): Your iPhone Moment
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Design Matters (8): Where’s that file?
Design matters (7): Death by PowerPoint
Design matters (6): Bosch hand-blender attachment
Design Matters (5): the information architecture of a water dispenser
Design Matters (4): a recipe for trouble
Design Matters (3): Ingenious board game tile holder and embodied memory
Design Matters (2): badly designed Android Bluetooth menu
Design matters: refrigerator control dial
A well designed paper bag from Waitrose
Postbox: good info

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommended resources...