The Signs of Bad Design

Experience design is about helping people do things—solve problems, achieve goals, have a great time. It’s not always easy. And the practitioners of design don’t always get it right. In other words, bad design exists.

I’ve found that where there’s bad design, there’s a sign. And I mean literally: an after-the-fact placard or note, sometimes scribbled in marker and taped up in haste. They are a stopgap for a design solution that’s failed to achieve its intended purpose.

Such signs are amusing for a content designer like me. (It’s less amusing when you are asked to write them.)

This is a growing collection, The Signs of Bad Design.


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