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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Make Verizon union workers happy: talk more!

Verizon's Flash Mob

Verizon's Flash Mob

Design idea: Happy Verizon Wireless customer enjoys great cell phone service. His opinion is backed up with opinions of lots of happy others.

How it appears:
Ver 1: Verizon Wireless union workers standing as a solid wall: “You should talk more to make us happy. We will come after you If you do not make us happy”.
Ver.2: This service is for hard top hat guys, McDonalds store managers and all these kinda blue collars.

Most of you probably saw this dumb TV commercial from Verizon: whole bunch of folks followed by dedicated one are loitering around looking for someone who is in trouble with cell phone: no coverage, low battery, etc. The crowd approaches the victim, pulls’em over and then starts to blame with ironical criticism for choosing the wrong service plan.

Hey, WTF? Just picture this in reality: you are talking to somebody over the phone and suddenly you figure out that this flash mob rushes right to you. First thoughts: scream and run. And call 911.

Conclusion: Idea sucks big time.


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