Design firm Berg rethinks the everyday sales receipt under the premise that registers nowadays are connected to a central system, which has access to data about sales, food, etc.
We looked at turning the receipt from a rarely examined item typically hidden away in wallets and purses into something useful and, we hope, a little delightful. We wanted to do this without changing the print methods or technology behind it, while exploring the underused aspects of the existing technology.
The result looks like a cutout from a magazine with snippets of information about food items purchased such as when items typically sell out and calorie count.
Of course from a practical point of view the redesign doesn't work as a receipt anymore. It tries so hard to be a reading snack that you can scan over a cup of coffee that you don't even get the main thing that you want out of a receipt. You buy something, you look at the total on your receipt, and if it looks wrong you scan the list of items top to bottom for mistakes.
Maybe it'd work on the back of the receipt though (if the tech allowed for it), since not many people pay attention to the ads and random coupons.
Can you think of ways the standard sales receipt could be improved?