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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