Sites with good examples of bad UIs?

26 May 2008 - 8:26am
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Al Selvin
2006

I hesitate to ask this, because I have lost hours wandering around in such
sites, but anyway:
I'd appreciate recommendations for sites that analyze/discuss/make fun of
bad UI designs. Examples are www.buigallery.com*, http://www.baddesigns.com,
etc. I know I have seen others but I'm not remembering/finding them at the
moment.

Thanks,

Al

* I love the "snarky comments" on this site. Spent way too long clicking and
laughing yesterday. For some reason this
one<http://www.buigallery.com/2007/11/learn-your-b-3s.html>really got
me.

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26 May 2008 - 9:14am
Chauncey Wilson
2007

There is the site www.webpagesthatsuck.com There is a book (and
maybe a second edition) by that name.
Before the book the site had some very good discussions about bad
design. It seemed to fall into a slump for awhile though I haven't
looked at the site for a few years now.

On an opposite note, one thing that I've noticed from several
discussion groups on design and usability when someone mentions
something as as good or great user interface, there is an almost
immediate list of people who argue that it is not good (or great). It
seems that we have a harder time listing sites or user interface for
apps where say 90% of us would agree that this is a excellent user
interface, possibly because there are different dimensions for our
personal ratings (this relates to a current thread on usability and
predictability and dimensions of usability.

Chauncey

On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 9:26 AM, Al Selvin <alselvin at gmail.com> wrote:
> I hesitate to ask this, because I have lost hours wandering around in such
> sites, but anyway:
> I'd appreciate recommendations for sites that analyze/discuss/make fun of
> bad UI designs. Examples are www.buigallery.com*, http://www.baddesigns.com,
> etc. I know I have seen others but I'm not remembering/finding them at the
> moment.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Al
>
>
> * I love the "snarky comments" on this site. Spent way too long clicking and
> laughing yesterday. For some reason this
> one<http://www.buigallery.com/2007/11/learn-your-b-3s.html>really got
> me.
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26 May 2008 - 11:32am
Jeff Howard
2004

Al Selvin wrote:
> I'd appreciate recommendations for sites that analyze/discuss/
> make fun of bad UI designs.

The Interface Hall of Shame
http://homepage.mac.com/bradster/iarchitect/shame.htm
http://pixelcentric.net/x-shame/
http://www.raizlabs.com/interface/hall-of-shame/

// jeff

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27 May 2008 - 12:36am
Michael B. Moore
2008

This isn't about websites, but about industrial design, but I love it
anyway.
http://www.baddesigns.com/

On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 9:32 AM, Jeff Howard <id at howardesign.com> wrote:

> Al Selvin wrote:
> > I'd appreciate recommendations for sites that analyze/discuss/
> > make fun of bad UI designs.
>
> The Interface Hall of Shame
> http://homepage.mac.com/bradster/iarchitect/shame.htm
> http://pixelcentric.net/x-shame/
> http://www.raizlabs.com/interface/hall-of-shame/
>
> // jeff
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=29493
>
>
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5 Jun 2008 - 7:54am
John Vaughan - ...
2004

Chauncey said:

> ...one thing that I've noticed from several
> discussion groups on design and usability when someone mentions
> something as as good or great user interface, there is an almost
> immediate list of people who argue that it is not good (or great). It
> seems that we have a harder time listing sites or user interface for
> apps where say 90% of us would agree that this is a excellent user
> interface, possibly because there are different dimensions for our
> personal ratings (this relates to a current thread on usability and
> predictability and dimensions of usability.

Two observations:

1. Mocking poor design is much more fun - and reinforces our large, but
weak, egos.

2. Good UI design is, by definition, transparent. "If it doesn't bother
actually you, then it works."

It's an over-simplification, but many of the "gee whiz" interfaces sometimes
grate, once the novelty wears off.

John

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chauncey Wilson" <chauncey.wilson at gmail.com>
To: "Al Selvin" <alselvin at gmail.com>
Cc: <discuss at ixda.org>
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 10:14 AM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Sites with good examples of bad UIs?

> There is the site www.webpagesthatsuck.com There is a book (and
> maybe a second edition) by that name.
> Before the book the site had some very good discussions about bad
> design. It seemed to fall into a slump for awhile though I haven't
> looked at the site for a few years now.
>
> On an opposite note, one thing that I've noticed from several
> discussion groups on design and usability when someone mentions
> something as as good or great user interface, there is an almost
> immediate list of people who argue that it is not good (or great). It
> seems that we have a harder time listing sites or user interface for
> apps where say 90% of us would agree that this is a excellent user
> interface, possibly because there are different dimensions for our
> personal ratings (this relates to a current thread on usability and
> predictability and dimensions of usability.
>
> Chauncey
>
> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 9:26 AM, Al Selvin <alselvin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I hesitate to ask this, because I have lost hours wandering around in
>> such
>> sites, but anyway:
>> I'd appreciate recommendations for sites that analyze/discuss/make fun of
>> bad UI designs. Examples are www.buigallery.com*,
>> http://www.baddesigns.com,
>> etc. I know I have seen others but I'm not remembering/finding them at
>> the
>> moment.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Al
>>
>>
>> * I love the "snarky comments" on this site. Spent way too long clicking
>> and
>> laughing yesterday. For some reason this
>> one<http://www.buigallery.com/2007/11/learn-your-b-3s.html>really got
>> me.
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help

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