Design Archive

Bad Design #54 – drive…me crazy

Your late, in a rush…lazy… whatever the reason, you duck into the McDonald’s drive-thru for a quick food stop. Zip in zip out. The beauty of the drive-thru is just that, you zip in and you zip

Bad Design #53 – it’s a lottery

Design is (or should be) everywhere, not just in products. When people think of design, they think of products. But products are not the only things that require designing. Services, processes, cities, assembly lines, communications, lighting, farming,

Bad Design #52 – knowledge is a pain in the neck

Whether you have searched the library’s computer catalogue and identified the location of the book you are after, or if you are like me, and simply like to browse the aisles for whatever catches your eye, we

Bad Design #51 – clear as mud

  Another holiday, another hotel, another bathroom.. another bad design. Next time you are confronted with a situation where you need to think about “how do I open this door?”, or then next time you “mistakenly” push

Bad Design #50 – we have the technology…use it

Ahhh maps, where would we be without them… LOST, of course! Maps are great. They help us find where we are and where we want to go. But when it comes to choosing a seat at a

Bad Design #49 – hook me up, or something

It’s nice how designers come up with little details that serve no purpose. I guess it keeps them busy…and employed. Sometimes it’s just about the illusion of purpose. In that case it’s a marketing ploy, well done,

Bad Design #48 – moooove

We like to think that bad design is corrected over time, and in most cases it is. We learn more about human behaviour, manufacturing, programming, communication, safety, ergonomics, etc etc, and as we do we realise the