Friday, 5 October 2007

Sitemap footers

Starting to see more and more of these, but thought this one was particularly interesting on Not only a sitemap, but 2 layers. Firstly a quick view of the site as a whole, then a second tab with the entire C-Net family laid out.

Finally the 'terms and conditions' strip comes of age and becomes useful.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Awful product titles

Check out the titles of these products seen at the airport. Above was the “apple ipod”, below the “iRiver citrix”. Then these, which have had thousands of hours of design put into them, until some lazy nob-end product managers give them these names.

How enticing are those names?

They’re a barrier rather than attracting.

“Hey Jack, is that the new Samsung YP-19JBZB? Wicked!”

Lack of thought in design.

This really pissed me off last night.

The labels that evans cycles uses are huge, especially when you consider the size of most products to do with cycling.
It means that much of the useful information (burntime / candle power / etc) that you would use to compare products are completely blocked out.

As these products range from about £9-50, comparing them is really essential. Why does the barcode need to be so large?as

Tiny things that aren’t thought about that ruin the experience.


Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Truth in advertising my big. fat. arse.

What a crock of sh*t. Seriously. Do you know anyone with a Blackberry?
What 'more fun' do they have as a result of ownership?
It's sooooo much fun to be able to receive emails from work whilst at a friend's dinner party.

If you watch the video, the last thing he says is "The future is now."
Terry McBride. You, sir, are a twat.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Best button ever

Seen on an e-commerce site recently

That really made me laugh.

I'm probably over tired.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

The emotional devastation of bad wording

Recently went to Morroco for a couple of weeks. Beautiful hotels, amazing scenery. And a friends wedding that was truly incredible, the groom came in on a horse carrying a gun, the bride had 5 costume changes.

The photos were really wonderful.

That was until the wife recorded a video, then wanted to delete it to make a bit more space, at which point she was faced with this choice.

The use of the word 'frames' rather than 'Photos' or 'Photos & Videos' started the confusion.
I mean who describes their photos as 'frames', you either frame a photo, or deal with frames of a film. Which, as she'd just recorded a small video, compounded the confusion.

Anyway, one irreversible slip later and 700+ photos of the holiday suddenly disappeared.

Katie felt awful, and was very nearly in tears, full of apologies.

Tears should NOT be caused by poorly worded interfaces not making a very major action extremely clear, that's just crap design. The choice is right, the wording of the choice is totally wrong.

Wednesday, 4 July 2007 is live

Like watching a baby take it's first tentative steps is gently staggering to it's feet.
It needs a sound going over with a usability broom, but I think it's rather beautiful.
The sitemap at the bottom of the page seems to polarise people. Any views?