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A collection of all things poorly designed (an ever-expanding project)
A collection of all things poorly designed (ongoing)
This is collection of everything that I come across that seem poorly designed to me.
Since I come across new things all the time, this presentation is being constantly expanded.
I define “poorly designed” by a design that renders an object or method inefficient, impractical, and frustrating.
Let’s get started!
Appliances, tools, signs, and other products
Car Floor Mat
Floor mats leading to a "sticky" gas pedal caused at least 93 deaths.
Serial Wired Christmas Lights
Thanks to serial wiring, when one bulb burns out, the entire set of 100+ bulbs will not work until you find AND replace that one malfunctioning bulb…
By trial and error, of course.
Tangle, untangle – but that’s not even the frustrating part.
…which does this when it’s rear-ended:
Ford Pinto (cont.)
Ford knew the Pinto was susceptible to explosion due to its exposed rear gas tanks.
Before production, they performed a cost-benefit analysis and decided not to install $11 protective shield over the tanks.
Apparently they thought the estimated cost of the lawsuits for killing their customers was far less than the cost to install the protective shields.
U.S. Customary Unit of Measurement
I think we all know the reason for that…
They keep just your head and shoulders dry.
Many don’t keep your feet or legs dry.
They flip inside-out with a little wind…
Umbrella spokes bend far too easily.
They inevitably shut off in the middle of you washing your hand…
Commercial Door Handles (Norman Doors)
I’ll let Vox explain this one:
Bathroom Stall Doors
There’s just always this HUGE gap…
Difficult to open; making a mess almost every time you open one.
Nowhere near enough relish in one packet for ANYTHING.
…along with these signs…
…and these signs too.
…and of these logos.
Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife
Its main use is as a source of hilarious Amazon Q&A’s and reviews.
Designed to prevent theft, but…
Causes “Wrap Rage”, which is so significant, it has its own Wikipedia page.
Is one of the leading causes of ER visits every year.
Price Tag Stickers
Lime slices at a restaurant
But when you try squeezing them…
Yes, it looks cool.
These are tools and appliances designed to serve one function and one function ONLY.
They are… an abomination.
Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer
Because slicing a banana is SOOO hard…
This hilarious video pretty much sums up why this is so frustrating.
Software and Hardware
Proximity of “delete” to other Functions in Context Menus
It’s easy to accidentally click the delete button.
It’s everywhere. OS, software, apps, etc.
Does not work (well)
Not much support for third party software
Unnecessary upgrade from XP
Designed to be used with a tablet
Did not consider the needs of a normal, non-tablet user.
Start button, such a genius design, removed?
Shutdown process takes too many steps
Gmail Subject Line
Apple iPad Pro
iPad “pro”, yet runs mobile iOS software…
Keyboard sold separately
Have you seen the charging mechanism?
Apple Magic Mouse 2
As with the Apple Pencil, the charging method is atrocious.
Keyboard Phone with ‘ABCD’ layout
I mean, seriously?!
Star formation is completely inefficient.
Most places in the universe will kill life instantly! People say “Oh, the forces of nature are just right for life.” Excuse me, just look at the volume of the universe where you can’t live. You will die instantly. That is not what I call the Garden of Eden.
We’re on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy.
We’re on a one-way, expanding universe as we wind down to oblivion, as the temperature of the universe approaches absolute zero.
Look how long it took for multicellular life to evolve—3.5 billion years.
Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and one of Darwin’s favorites, lightning strikes.
99% of all life that ever lived is now extinct.
Hyena clitoris. When engorged, this "pseudopenis," which doubles as the birth canal, becomes so hard it can crush babies to death during exit.
Giraffe birth canal. Mama giraffes stand up while giving birth, so baby's entry into the world is a 5-foot drop.
Slug genitalia. Some hermaphroditic species breed by wrapping their sex organs around each other. If one of said members gets stuck, the slug simply chews it off. What. The. Hell?
Quadrupeds. Let's say you're a four-footed animal. Say you get a wound on your back, or an itch, or a bug wandering up there. Tough luck, kid.
Cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and ALS. The list goes on and on.
Vestigial Organs: pinky toe, tailbone, appendix (better at killing us than it is at anything else), etc.
Vestigial Reactions: goosebumps, etc.
Limited human vision; can only perceive a narrow band of the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
We have to eat constantly because we’re warm-blooded.
Carbon monoxide? You can’t smell or taste it, but breathe it in and you're dead.
Susceptibility to optical illusions.
Inefficient use of our brain.
20 Fenchurch St. (Walkie-talkie Building)
Shape of building focuses sunlight like a lens.
Burns and melts cars, shops, and roads.
Bridge Bank, San Jose, CA
Same reason as previous slide…
Vdara Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
For the same reasons as the previous two slides
Beetham Tower, Manchester, UK
Notorious for its hum or howling that occurs in windy weather.
Loud and audible from tens of blocks away.
Caused by the roof’s glass blade.
College Lecture Halls
Adidas “Slave Shoes”
Heel-less High heel
Just…. look at it!
We all know why, I assume. logos.
Look how long it took for multicellular life to evolve—3.5 b