Interface Hall of Shame
The Interface Hall of Shame is an irreverent collection of common interface design mistakes. Our hope is that by highlighting these problems, we can help developers avoid making similar mistakes.
We are constantly searching for examples of design practices that are worthy of extinction, and those worthy of emulation (see the Interface Hall of Fame). Submit your own nominations for potential entries into either hall to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll try to add it to the collection.
of the new GUI in Apple's QuickTime 4.0 Player. Users of all operating systems should be concerned.
Selecting the wrong control
for a task or changing the way controls operate can often result in an inefficient and frustrating application.
Nobody likes a stupid computer.
However, many applications interrupt the user to ask stupid questions, provide meaningless information, or require the user to make what should be an obvious selection.
Improper design of the visual elements
in an application can often result in applications that are difficult to read and difficult to use.
The improper use color
in an application can seriously impede the usability of the application.
used in many applications often leads the user to feel that the interface has been written in a foreign language. We provide a number of examples of these 'programmerisms'.
are the antithesis of proper application design. They are often ambiguous, rude, and all too often, incorrect, blaming the user for failures of the programmer.
can be a wonderful solution for complex design problems. Here are some examples of a good idea gone bad.
can greatly enhance the usability of applications when properly used. When improperly applied, well, they can leave much to be desired.
of applications provides fertile ground for discovering important user interface problems.
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for those visitors who wish to delve more deeply into user interface design.
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Our Product Index
lists all products mentioned in the Hall of Shame, and provides links to the specific problems discussed.
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