It’s not just websites that have bad designs, there are little pissy things that annoy me in life too:
When designing public bathrooms for women, don’t ever place the sink near the toilet stalls. For men, toilets are a place to run in and out of, but for women it is a place to linger. They like to put on makeup, chat and look at themselves in the mirror. Placing the toilets near the mirror is bad design because the women actually using the toilet suffer from inhibitions due to the proximity of other women just outside. There is nothing more awkward then having a conversation while you are trying to relieve yourself. Good design is to have a separate room for the sink and mirror so that while you are making up your face you aren’t wrinkling your nose from the horrible smells eminating from the toilet.
Paper towels in the toilet
Seinfeld talks about hand dryers and how someone will spend 2 minutes religiously wringing their hands under the hot air then as they walk away they rub them on their jeans. That is why paper towels still hang around, yet they are not without their own faults. Paper towel dispensers are usually mounted quite high so that when you reach up to grab one the water runs all the way down your arm soaking your long sleeved shirt or jumper. Nice.
Ticket inspectors at central citytrain stations
They are there all the time. It’s not like they spring a surprise on you and pop up intermitantly. So why do people wait till they are standing in front of them to pull out their ticket? Also, why do they slow down to show the inspector the ticket? It’s not like they get a really good look at your ticket anyway. I could flash a 3 month old ticket for all they know and if I looked confident enough I could get away with it. Hell, if they have any queries about your ticket they’ll call you back anyway, so breeze through and stop causing a traffic jam. Put bloody turnstyles in like the London tube so that all us seasoned commuters can get home.
What other bad designs do you have to live with?