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Usability contests

As part of the World Usability Day, is running a contest of bad designs and funny usability related cartoons. Everybody can participate. Submit your contribution and win lots of rupees.

At their site, you'll also find the winners from 2005.


  • The bad designs contest 2006 Open link in new window
  • The cartoon Contest 2006 Open link in new window
  • Winners of the cartoon contest 2005 Open link in new window
  • Winners of the bad designs contest 2005 Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - October 12, 2006

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Seth Godin on broken designs

Here's an entertaining video featuring Seth Godin talking about all the bad designs that surround us and why bad designs exist. The talk is from the Gel 2006 conference.


  • Seth Godin on broken designs Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - August 13, 2006 - via

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50% of returned electronics work as designed

A study from the Netherlands found that half of all electronic products returned to the store because of malfunctioning are in full working order. Customers just can't figure out how to use them.


  • Complexity causes 50% of product returns Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - June 26, 2006

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Golden Rules for Bad User Interfaces

As people like to do just the opposite of what is proposed, SAP Design Guild thought it might be a good idea to promote bad users interfaces. They've colleted 10 "Golden Rules for Bad User Interfaces" and plan to expand the collection in the future.


  • The Golden Rules for Bad User Interfaces Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 20, 2005

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Remote Control Anarchy

Jakob Nielsen is fed up with his six remote controls. My suggestion to Dr. Nielsen and the rest of the world: Let's all boycott crummy consumer electronics and let them learn it the hard way.


  • The article Remote Control Anarchy Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - June 09, 2004

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This Is Broken

Mark Hurst's This Is Broken is a gallery of all kinds of stuff, where the customer experience has been messed up somehow. Great fun. You can contribute by submitting your own broken experiences.


  • lick here to visit This Is Broken Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 08, 2004

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Interface Hall of Shame revived

The good old Interface Hall of Shame from has been gone for a while, but I just found it at a new location. The Interface Hall of Shame is an "irreverent collection of common interface design mistakes". New entries are from June 4. 2000


  • The site Interface Hall of Shame Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 04, 2003

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Bad product designs

Here's a scrapbook of illustrated examples of products that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles. The site is maintained by Michael J. Darnell.


  • The site Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - August 18, 2002

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How people feel about flash intros

It's boring, it's nonsense, it's utterly useless, and it goes on and on...


  • The Flash movie Skip Intro Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 27, 2002

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IKEA fan site

There's nothing new about sites that violate basic usability guidelines by purpose just for the fun of it. But it's never seen in a commercial context. The IKEA's fan-site has it all - ugly spinning animations, a disturbing background picture, a hit counter, frames, etc. The site is supported by TV commercials and is the cleverest advertising I've seen on the Internet.

The site is in Danish


  • The IKEA fan site Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 11, 2002

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