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Political bump sticker: Double meaning?

Be careful when using more than one sticker on your car’s bumper: the combined overall message may be different from what each sticker suppose to send:

Brown Obama

Brown Obama

I took this picture on the road. Most of us who are traveling 65m/h cannot read micro text from the distance of 20-30 yards, only big fonts can be seen. And what I see in this case is: “Brown Obama”. Well.., yeh, he is. What’s the point? Gotta problem with that?

In one of my previous posts (“Elect Monster Shirakawa!”) I already mention that mixing ad messages may cause double meaning.

Disclaimer: this post is not about politics and neither this blog.


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Adobe Photoshop Express in Firefox: Tripple Booooo just on one page!

Today I was playing around with Photoshop Express in Firefox (v. 2.0.0.17).
At first look: nicely looking user interface written in Adobe Flex (oh, yeh, that’s for sure!). This “black glass” theme looks more appealing than the standard Flex theme (“dirty green”). Ok, let’s stress test its UI a bit; I will start with simply resizing browser window. Ta-da! It immediately shows 3 UI failures:

Booo 3 times

Just 1 page: Booo 3 times

UI bugs overview

1. Horizontal and Vertical sliders should never appear in the top navigation area. Period. Check out W3C’s CSS definitions for min-width/max-width to get a clue what are they used for.

2. Left extended menu looks like “Accordion” UI widget however it is non-clickable and non-collapsible. There is some stuff hidden off-screen below, which cannot be seen on a standard laptop screen with 1440×900 resolution. Vertical Slider for the menu will be useful in this case.

3. Browser Vertical slider never appears when the user resizes browser window which looks pretty lame:

UI implementation sucks

UI implementation sucks

Conclusion: Close, but no cigar, folks. Design Fail Factor: 5 (out of 10)

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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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Digg.com: Registration Usability Sucks

Afghanistan, Angola and Antarctica

Afghanistan, Angola and Antarctica

That’s super lame! How many subscribers from Afghanistan, Angola and Antarctica do you guys have?
Why not to spend some of your time and work a little bit on the website’s registration page usability?
Is it too hard to organize the ‘country’ pool down list based on number of registrations? Or is it too hard to detect the user’s IP, convert it into ‘country’ info and then preselect the country name in the list (HTML tag <option> in tag <select>)?
Tip: Go check out how Google’s Gmail does it: https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount

Design Fail factor: 1(out of 10)

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A Physically Handicapped Cat as a Creamer

Here is another sample of “made in china” brutal tableware creativity: a physically handicapped cat with tear off paw to serve you as a creamer.

Physically handicapped Cat as a Creamer

Physically handicapped Cat as a Creamer

Design Fail factor: 9 (out of 10)

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Washington Mutual Logo transformation and their possible future

Re-branding of “Washington Mutual” into “WaMu” should have serious reasons. One of the reasons perhaps could be that most of the bank’s mortgage clients (who “no qualifying: OK, no credit history: OK, bankruptcy: OK”) could hardly read and pronounce “Washington Mutual” in English. The word “WaMu” of course is easier to read and remember.

The next logical step will be to do re-branding into “WM”:

WaMu logo transformation

WaMu logo transformation

Logo shrinkage follows the bank financial situation (check out the ticker symbol – they are actually traded as “WM”):

WaMu chart

WaMu chart

Links:
Washington Mutual, Bank (www.wamu.com)
Waste Management, Garbage company (www.wastemanagement.com)

WM truck

WM truck

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Kaiser: “Don’t Taze me Bro”

Kaiser Permanente (health care organization in the US) recently came up with a fresh creative idea for billboard ads:

Vote for yourself

Baby boomers to vote for themselves

It is hard to say what message does Kaiser send to us. Am I also eligible to vote for myself or I am not qualified by age? Or only baby boomers are welcome to vote for themselves?

There is more. “You are under arrest. Step away from the vehicle, turn around and put your hands on top of your head”:

Should I put hands on top of my head as well

Am I under arrest?

Impression I got after observing these billboards after a week:

Step away from the vehicle

You are under arrest

Design Fail factor: 4 (out of 10).

Update: 7macaw’s suggestion:

Don't Taze me, Bro!

Don

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