WaMu at present time.

WaMu at present time

WaMu at present time


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Looks like she already had some discussion.

Ay caramba! A talking sign!

Ay caramba! A talking sign!

There’s a series of TV ads for Detrol LA featuring a woman who gets an advice from the bathroom sign to “have a Detrol conversation with your doctor”. Well, judging by the fact that she talks to a bathroom sign she already had an LSD conversation with her dealer!

Unintended(?) reference.

Bring out the gimp.

Bring out the gimp.

Not sure if the designers of this toy watched Pulp Fiction, but both my wife and I remembered this scene immediately.

P.S. Is it me or have they started all this Halloween crap a couple of weeks earlier this year than usual?

I want neither!

After 26 days?! Eat them yourselves.

After 26 days?! Eat them yourselves.

Saw an ad on TV the other day for some sort of a food storage thing, called “Greenbags”. The ad showed two heads of cabbage: one was stored in one of these “Greenbags”, another – in a regular bag. After 26 days the one in a regular bag was all rotten, but the other one looked quite green. The announcer asks, “So which one you want?”. Well, I might be a snob but I really want neither of them. Even if it looks fresh, I’d rather go and buy an actually fresh one – just like I did today. A wonderful invention called “farmers market” makes it really easy to obtain fresh fruit and vegetables.

UI design is supposed to improve with time.

No “design fail” type blog would be complete without some good old Vista bashing. So here’s some:

Two clicks instead of one.

Two clicks instead of one.

If you try to copy several files over some existing files, all previous Windows versions would ask you whether you want to overwrite file1 and would provide you with choices: “yes”, “yes to all”, “no”, “cancel”, so if I want to overwrite all files (which is the most common situation), I’d just click “yes to all” and be done with it. In Vista I have to first go to the very bottom of the huge dialog and check “do this for the next N conflicts” and then click “Copy and Replace”.

Clearly, this “do this for the next N conflicts” thing provides an extra useful feature – that is, rename files instead of overwriting. Cramming the same thing into the previous style dialogs would be unrealistic: the dialogs would have to have 6 buttons: “yes”, “yes to all”, “rename this”, “rename all”, “no”, “cancel”. Too much, I agree, but then again, how often do I have to rename the files, especially in the stupid default manner, like “file1(2)”? If I want to keep the files I’d rather move them to another folder, so the copy dialog could have had this new feature accessible through extra clicks, keeping the most common functionality in 1 click. For example, they could just have a “show advanced options” button and add their renaming schtick there. Moreover, that would give an opportunity to provide fancier renaming options, not just append a (2) to the file name, but something brutally powerful, based on regular-expressions.

Or I guess that’s too much to ask 😐

Bad and Good Design example in 2 pictures

Bad and Good Design examples just in two pictures.

Design and usability Sucks:

Usability sucks

Usability sucks

Design and usability OK:

Usability OK

Usability OK

Design Fail FIXED: Adobe HQ got rid of ugly gallows at their roof

In respond to my recent post about ugly look of Adobe HQ because of “gallows” on the roof, Adobe got rid of them after a few years of public exposure:

FIXED (August 2008)

FIXED (September 2008)

How it was before:

Gallows on the roof (August 2008)

Design Fail: Gallows on the roof (August 2008)

Good job, guys! And thank you for reading DesignFail.org

Design Fail factor: 0 (out of 10)

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My 5 honor students all together are smarter than your dog!

Now I know who inspires “My dog is smarter than your honor student” bump sticker designers:

5x "honor students"

5x

I think this is way overkill even if you are a father of 5 and all of them are “honor students”. Unless you have nothing else to be proud of in your life.

Design Fail factor: 1(out of 10)

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Wrong selection order means lost productivity.

Hanging on the non-optimal list order theme. Check out this protocol list from Ethereal:

I just want the source IP address!

I just want the source IP address!

The filtering system in Ethereal is absolutely marvelous: just type whatever you want in the filter line. Alas, in order to type what I need, I have to remember the quasi-objects names in which the filter syntax encapsulates various protocol properties. Since I don’t use it all too often, I have to open the GUI expression builder, and look how many choices I have there! It took me quite a while to locate the protocol I need (IP) and then go back and correct myself since I’ve initially selected IPP instead.

I am fairly certain IP is somewhat more important to most people than ACP133/ACAP/ACE-other-WTF, so why not put the most common ones on top. Otherwise, see: I’ve wasted about a minute on this thing. Suppose there are 50,000 IT professionals in the US who earn $50/hour on the average and waste a minute a day looking for the right protocol, which means $40,000 is lost every day, or $10 million per year. That’s how huge the impact is!

Stop here and we will slam turnpike at the roof of your car

Another non-official road sign designed with high attention to details. Here it is: “Stop here on red and we will slam railroad turnpike at the roof your car and six particles of it will be airborne”.

Road sign

Road sign

Design Fail factor: 6 (out of 10)

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