The Hall of Shame has generated a great deal of e-mail, and we thought we'd share a few of the responses we've received, if for no other reason that to reassure ourselves that our visitors have indeed found the site to be both informative and entertaining. Thanks for all your feedback and the suggestions you have all provided.
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This is one of the best sites about programming I have yet to come across, even though it doesn't
contain *one line* of code. It certainly opened *my* eyes about usability issues.
I just saw the Interface Hall of Shame. It is very thoughtful and smart.
Why didn't anyone tell be about it before now!
- Edward Tufte
Thanks very much, thats another month our project gets delayed while we
revise the UI.
- Paul Felce
Your Interface hall of shame is the best interface design guide I've
ever seen (If they don't want to read about how to do, let them read
about how not to do.).
- Peter Lind
I've been looking at your hall of shame; brilliant work, wonderful
humour. It's wonderful to find quality content on the web!
- Peter Cooper
I have enjoyed reading your comments on effective GUI design. I am
currently involved in the design issues of a new product and your insights have been
extremely informative and helpful. Designing effective interfaces is
difficult and any help we can get to keep them user friendly is greatly
- Robert Fink, Space and Naval Warfare System Center
That was one of the best sites I've visited in years. I particularly
liked the animated presentations of UI misbehavior. Maybe it will make
it a little easier to resist the drumbeat to make all our software look
- Gary Wiltshire, Intermedia Design Systems
Thanks for creating an *extremely* insightful resource on interface
design. This site should become an internet institution.
- Jorn Barger
It is very rare that I spend more then a few minutes at a web-site
and was surprised to see that I was here for over 2 hours! Sorry for
hogging your site but I really enjoyed it.
- Paul Voller
As a newbie programmer, this site should be required reading for all
beginners (and remedial reading for "the experts").
I'm looking at your hall of shame, and as a mac user, I smile.
- Maarten Sneep
What a great site! I very rarely spend 2 hours reading and analyzing
ANYTHING I find on the web.
- Benjamin Kahn
The hall of shame is simply genius!
...you have captured the flaws of interfaces with intense clarity! Bravo!
- Mike of Neo Vista
Incredible site - should be required reading for
all programmers. Keep up the great work - and I'll
try to make sure none of my apps ever get on here.
It was fun at first, but then it just gets nit-picky and
almost as annoying as the software it spotlights.
my best reading since Cooper's "About Face"...
- Bruno Conductier
I vastly enjoyed having my inarticulate hissy fits clarified by
reading about Windows 95.
- Laurie Goldberg
LOVE the Hall Of Shame sight! Great information on on my favorite
pet peeve. I'm a web developer who too often is forced to produce fluff
(albeit great-looking fluff), so sites with real content are always a
- Devin Knutson
Excellent examples of what NOT to do! I particularly enjoyed the
discussion of the Win'95 Find Applet - I thought it was just me that
couldn't make any sense of it.
- Larry Hill
From one UI designer to another, congratulations. It's a tour
d'force and fun reading.
- Robin Kinkead
I don't normally write letters about web sites, but I was laughing so
hard after reading your Interface Hall of Shame I just had to let you
know it was thoroughly enjoyable. Of course, I never do any of those
- E. Kovar
Gee, thanks guys. Just spent all
evening browsing through your site instead of getting any work
- Dave Sieber
I just wanted to let you know that I'm spending all morning at your
Interface Hall of Shame site. It's fantastic. I'm nodding my head in
agreement and laughing (out loud occasionally) at all of the "stupid"
interface problems you've pointed out (and that I have to live with).
- Mark Nelson
I run a one man programming shop and I have for twenty years. It
looks like this is just one big whine-fest.
- Kenneth Vogt
I thought your site was excellent, certainly one of the best
programming sites on the web.
- Robert Ennals
MS would be doing everyone a huge service if they would provide a
.URL file referencing your site with VB.
- Evan Edwards
If there's a page on the web which will rise the developers' awareness
of UI design it's yours! The great examples, which are easy to
understand, say more than all the books combined I've read so far!
- Carsten Nebel
I visited your web site and was very impressed. I think your site
shows good taste in user interface design itself, and presents very
important information to developers everywhere.
- Chris Velazquez
Your Hall of Shame and interface critiques are fantastic and right on
the money! I give out your URL to my students in my GUI Design classes,
and to my clients.
- David Dameo
I loved your site! We are a software development company that has
its roots in Unix and character-based programming. We are rookies in
the GUI world and your site has become quite a handy resource. I
emailed the URL to all the GUI programmers in our company. I have to
admit I found myself cringing a number of times as I read various
criticisms. Especially useful to us was the guide to writing proper
error messages. You've already helped us design a better interface, so
a big thanks from me and Plexus Systems!
- Jerry Foster
Great stuff. It was both humorous and educational.
- Tamke Tree Experts
Thank you very much for the Hall of Fame/Shame pages. As a programmer
and aspiring student of interface design, I found your examples to be
enlightening and enjoyable to read. I especially appreciated the humor.
Again, thank you for the time and effort you put into these pages.
- Mike Fleming
Excellent interface, rational arguments and great examples.
Finally I have found rational explanations for what has been bugging me
all along, albeit subconciously, about the layout of the Evil Empire's
latest abortion! Bless you all...
Youv'e put very eloquently and creativly in writing and graphics
some of the things that I have been thinking about ever since Win95 was
released. I completely agree with all of your examples of poor design,
and could add many more, as i'm sure you could. As a software developer
working in Washington, DC, I am very concerned about the decline in
Microsoft's attention to interface design as well as quality. And I
used to swear by Microsoft applications. My experience over the last
five months since upgrading to 95 has been utter frustration. Anyways,
THANK YOU for your well done web page!!!
- James Foskey
I recently got to your page through the 'Why Windows 95 Sucks' home
page, and found your page to be highly interesting and thoroughly
entertaining. It does a fine job of pointing out the awful trials we
end-users must go through because of a programmer's stupidity or
laziness. The page itself was setup very well as well, one of the few
ones with a use of frames I can stand.
- Tony Toon
I'm very distracted by the fact that your material is obviously not professionally edited.
- Terri Walton
(It is two! I'm a proffesionel and I done edditted it mysefl - Isys)