Starving since 1973

Starving since 1973

Starving since 1973

Starving Students“. The branding idea for the moving company is great, just as “Two men and a truck” is.

The history of “Starving Students” starts back in 1973 when a few students decided to offer moving services to pay off their tuition in college.

Starving students… These days college students are starving on purpose to look cool. If they need money for college, some of them would record and sell home brew adult videos rather than moving someone’s household crap. Click here for the full story at DesignFail.org

Unobvious catalog system fail.

San Jose city library has a huge collection of foreign language books. Clearly they can’t just drop them on the shelves randomly, books must be arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s name. But there’s a problem: many foreign languages are written in non-English letters, and some aren’t even using letters at all…

As we have moved to designfail.org, please read the rest there.

For sale sign fail.

Have a car for sale… check. Post a “for sale” sign… check. Why nobody’s calling to buy the vehicle?

Who I gonna call?

Who I gonna call?

(Or probably this car is intended for psychics (or detectives) only – they’d find out the number to call themselves).

One missing word has cost me 2 hours of quality time!

Um, I hoped it defaults to _today_

Um, I hoped it defaults to _today_

Check out the United Airline’s flight status check website for mobile devices (screen shot is taken with Opera because it’s easier – but the thing is intended for PDA/Smartphone use). As many people, I rarely remember the today’s date, I just know (most of the time 😉 ) what day of the week it is.

When I want to check if my flight is delayed, I naturally assume the website would be kind enough to default the date to today and if it doesn’t, I just can’t spot the error. So instead of spending 2 more hours at the bar with my friend, I rush to the airport only to find that my flight is delayed for 2 hours. I didn’t know that because I was looking at the yesterday’s flight which wasn’t delayed. And boy would I’ve been pissed if it was other way around!

At the very least – if defaulting to today is too damn complex – is it so hard to add the day of the week to the day to the date selection. This wonderful idea is apparently known to the regular website developers.

$87 for what, exactly?

A mysterious sign at Deception Pass State Park

A mysterious sign at Deception Pass State Park

I wonder what exactly they want the $87 for? Does it mean dogwalking is prohibited in the park, $87 being the fine? Then why no red stripe across the sign?
Or do they charge $87 to allow a dog to sit on the park’s soil? Or maybe they offer to buy every dog that obediently sits down when ordered? The price is kind of low, but the place is run by the government (State of WA), which means it probably hasn’t been inflation-adjusted since the 50s.

What kind of brake?

Seattle is known for its ferries. Maybe a hundred cars can fit in the bowels of those huge boats. The trip time is measured in tens of minutes, perhaps even hours, so you may want to leave your car and enjoy some great views from the deck or have a beer and a sandwich at the cafe. The only thing the ferry people ask is that you set your parking brake – obviously, they really don’t want to handle a runaway car. And they even came up with a sign to help the damned foreigners to understand what’s wanted from them:

Do I have to sit in the car all the time?

Do I have to sit in the car all the time?

Problem is, it looks like the sign depicts the wrong kind of brake. Certainly you don’t expect me to sit all the way pressing the brake with my foot? 😉

Now, I do realize that some (American) cars do have the foot-operated parking brake, but I believe most cars have a lever between the front seats for that. So if you want to convey a message to people who don’t drive older American cars, you probably should use an image more understandable to them.

Yeson Sucks

I like to take pictures of non-profit organizations advertisement. The background taken from free photobank collection, the Arial Black font and “the girl from the front desk” all together could produce this:

This Yeson sucks

This Yeson sucks

Do not save on space between words, babe!  Here are the examples of OK Yes_ons:

This Yeson is OK

This Yes_on is OK

This Yeson is OK too

This Yes_on is OK too