One of my favorite things about good design is when an often overlooked or undervalued object is turned into something that truly adds value to our lives. The clever people at London design consultancy Berg have recently done just that with the common cash register receipt. Using existing network technology, they’ve turned the often discarded, wallet and purse filling papers into an informative and entertaining infographic format.
Just look at the thoughtful touches that went into the design below: at the top of the receipt there is a dedicated area for stapling and your most pertinent information (price and tax) have been move to the top as well. Below that follows a wealth of information based on the area and even on the price of the bill. Did you spend £5.14 on your bill? Then you get an interesting fact about the year 514AD (obviously it only works to a price of £20.11 at the moment). Smarter still, pertinent local information can be included: like the latest art gallery opening around the corner or a good band coming to the area. Will this type of receipt become commonplace in the near future? We hope so.