Oh For Design's Sake!

The Challenge Department of Dud Design susses out items that flop in functionality.

1-Ply Tissue Paper

In theory:
Saves the earth by reducing the amount of paper used.

Reality:
Snifflers and toilet users don’t want a mess on their hands, so more tissue paper squares end up being pulled and layered for use.

A Redesigned Website Interface

like Gmail and Google Maps

In theory:
The new design promises to show you more information, in a “responsive and predictive” way.

Reality:
You can’t find the information you want because there are too many steps and menus to get through first.

Toilet Signs

that are ambiguous

In theory:
Bathroom signs look fancier than those of other bathrooms.

Reality:
The signs confuse and confound, especially when you need to go urgently.

Heat-Sealed Plastic Clamshell Packaging

(impossible to open without a sharp pair of scissors)

In theory:
Keeps the product safe from theft or breakage, and makes the item easier to display in stores.

Reality:
The packaging’s edges are sharp enough to cut you, and you need industrial-strength blades to get to the product.

A Transport Card

that is also an ATM card

In theory:
It makes your travel and shopping experience more convenient, and your wallet less cluttered.

Reality:
You’re out of luck if you use the linked bank account to top up your transport fund, since both functions are on the same card.


Need We Say More?

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  • POSTED ON
    Mar 19, 2015
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