Posts tagged “brunei”

One particular morning, as I was eating my breakfast of oatmeal and almond milk, I realized I had forgotten to bring my iPad with me. Deprived of morning entertainment, I picked up the box of almond milk and started reading the label (yes kids, that’s what we did to entertain ourselves before tablets and smart phones). Something on the box caught my eye — proudly displayed on the side was a bold, star-burst proclamation that the almond milk in my hands was made with 98% Australian ingredients.

So that got me thinking: What would a 100% Bruneian Website look like?

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Local Small-and-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) now have an affordable Brunei Online Payment Solution courtesy of Baiduri Bank. This means Brunei SMEs can now accept Credit Card payments (Visa, Master Card & American Express) online! Hooray! Read more »

OK, it seems we need to review Form User Interface 101: when providing users a choice of items, ensure the list is exhaustive.

Case in point: I was filling in the registration form for Brunei’s upcoming Century Run when I came to the field labelled Higher Education Institution. The choices were presented as a select menu. See if you can spot what’s wrong:

Select menu choices for higher education only lists Brunei institutions

The list only contains Brunei institutions of higher learning with no catch-all option for foreign universities. And since this was a required field I had to select something. So congratulations Universiti Brunei Darussalam, for the purposes of The Century Run I am unofficially an alumni! You lucky guys, you 🙂

This billboard design at University Brunei Darussalam reminded me of the movie and comic Persepolis

I saw this billboard on the campus of University Brunei Darussalam and had to do a double-take. I initially thought it was an advertisement for showing the movie Persepolis but instead it was a timely reminder to continue seeking knowledge.

I have neither seen the movie Persepolis nor read the comic on which the movie was based yet it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this design. That really says a lot about the extensive reach of the movie’s art style.

Bru-HIMS Banner that looks like it is giving a rude gesture

I had to do a double-take when I saw this banner at the local government hospital. At first glance it looked as if the finger was making a rude gesture.

I really liked the design of Bru-HIMS‘ other posters so I’m willing to look past this little snafu.

I was surprised to receive an email attachment from Brunei’s Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP; Employees Trust Fund) that was formatted as an OpenDocument Spreadsheet. I am not familiar with their in-house standards of practice but I acknowledge them for using the OpenDocument Formats. However, I question the utility of actually sending these formats to people outside their organization considering that most would likely have no idea how to open such a file.

I think it would better serve by exporting the document to PDF or a Microsoft Office format. OpenOffice and LibreOffice have all this built-in. It would certainly help avoid confusion on the recipient’s part.

ODF Logo courtesy of ODF Community

Congratulations to Royal Brunei Airlines for receiving the 2014 REBRAND 100 Distinction for their rebranding efforts! I like the new look but then again I’ve always been a fan of simplicity & clean designs.

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I’ve long felt that designs you see around Brunei are dated. Heck, I’m one to talk — I only recently flattened the design of this here website! So I think the Ministry of Health should be applauded for the design of their posters promoting Bru-HIMS and the Health Promotion Centre.

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