“Bad design is simply great imagination without wisdom”- M. cobanli
We use certain objects in our daily lives, which we have difficulty using, but we are so used to working around those difficulties that we don’t stop to think why we tolerate such bad designs.
Bad designs aren’t just something not pleasing to look at. Things that degrade user experience are bad designs. At best, bad designs do not help the user’s cause; at worst, they hinder their cause by creating obstacles for the user to climb over.
Good designs, on the other hand, don’t have to be something very clever. Often, the simplest tools have the best designs. In fact, sometimes designs which try to be too clever can be detrimental to user experience.
Here are some examples of bad design in everyday objects.
I don’t know about you, but I can rarely plug a micro USB into my phone on the first try. Usually, I have to flip that thing around thrice before it’ll go in.
Type-C USB can be a good UX example because you can plug it in any which way.
2. Glass ketchup bottles
How are you supposed to squeeze out the last drops? Moreover, You can’t control the amount of ketchup coming out.
3. right-handed desks
This design does not work for all users. For left-hand users, it can be a painful experience
4. Water Taps
Tab with a round knob( or with a symmetrical knob) is an example of bad UX because it would look the same whether it is off or not. When there is no water in taps I often get confused about whether the tap is off or not
5. Toothbrushes that you can’t put down
Toothbrushes have become so advanced that some of them even have mini-computers embedded in the handle. But you want to put the toothbrush down on its back? Good luck.
6. Colored Body pens that don’t open
All of us must have used it at some time in our lives. In these types of pens, we can’t find out how much ink is left.
I’m sure there are many more examples of bad designs we have adapted ourselves to. Have you ever used something that made you want to pull your hair out? Feel free to share your experience in the comments 😀