Bad design awards
I don’t tolerate poor design. If it’s shite, it’s out. I’m pretty fussy.
S’actually really hard to think of something. Aesthetic, function, what category?
Cycle lights that have loads of different modes annoy me. You have tocycle through 20 different settings, just to turn the bloody thing off. Or hold down this switch for x seconds or whatever. On/off and mode switches needed, then.
Hang on, let me get me supper…Posted 8 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Much of the utterly useless Alessi kitchen stuff that Ms Spanner loves:
Corkscrew (in the shape of a woman wearing a long dress) that won’t let you remove the cork from the thread.
Phillipe Starck juicer – squirts juice straight into the users’s eye.
We didn’t get the kettle designed so that steam passes through the tubular metal handle when the water boils – seemed a bit too much of a sacrifice for ‘clever design’!Posted 8 years agonukeproofMember
Got a Tefal Avanti Toaster that is too shallow for most bread so you either have to turn the bread and burn the middle or live with an untoasted top bit.
We had an Tefal and found that. Thing is most toasters are like that and I hate having to take the top crust off to fit the bread in. Was actually considering taking a large piece of bread into my local Allders to test in which toasters it would fit but my wife pointed out that I’d look like a nutter and be removed.Posted 8 years agostumpy01Member
The ‘touchscreen’ section of my Sony Ericcson K850i, which is just there instead of normal soft keys.
Half the time they don’t respond, then they respond when you aren’t actually touching them.
And thoughtfully Voda has placed the Vodafone Live button on one of the ‘touchscreen buttons’ so I access Vodafone Live by accident with ridiculous frequency.
NorthCountryBoy, does the pipe not come off the hose? It does on our Dyson so you can use the hose (plus attachements) to clean your car without 4ft of pipe attached.Posted 8 years agoRudeBoyMember
Was actually considering taking a large piece of bread into my local Allders to test in which toasters it would fit but my wife pointed out that I’d look like a nutter and be removed.
Why not cut a piece of card, the same size as the largest piece of bread, and take that with out, to try for size?
That way, you’d only look slightly cranky rather than full on ‘care in the community ought really to be under full-time supervision’.Posted 8 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Predictive text, the first thing I do when I get a new phone is turn it off
Predictive text works perfectly for me. My sister also hated it and thought it was terrible design until I showed her how to use it. She’d misunderstood the concept entirely, and assumed that something that had become popular and widespread was actually stupid – in fact it was her that was stupid.Posted 8 years agowwaswasSubscriber
my wife spent years sending me texts w i t h a s p a c e b e t w e e n each letter because she couldn’t turn predictive text off and couldn’t use it. She also wouldn;t let me switch it off for her.
I u s e d t o g e t r e a l l y f r u s t r a t e d r e a d i n g m e s s a g e s f r o m h e r.Posted 8 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
My vaccuum cleaner (some Samsung jobby) has a big “design award” sticker on it. I’m assuming it refers to a bad design award rather than a good one.
When towing it along, it will eventually manage to turn upside down and slide on the lid rather than roll on a pair of huge wheels, and then those huge wheels stick out about 5mm from the body, thereby ensuring that they will catch on a door frame, and when you nudge it with foot, the next time you tow it along it flips upside down… again!Posted 8 years agouser-removedMember
Actually, our vaccuum cleaner’s not the best either – an Electrolux, Dyson based thing. We bought it as it was advertised as being THE hoover for pet owners. It even comes with an attatchment called a ‘pet-paw’, which has its own spinny brush, and is supposed to pull pet hair from curtains, stairs, etc.
Well, the ‘pet-paw’ blocked up after the first use and had to be taken apart, cleaned and screwed back together. Don’t bother with it now. And this hoover is twice the weight of our old one. Bah.Posted 8 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
The sidestand switch on an Aprilia Futura. The switch connects to a relay via about 2 ft of cable, Getting to the switch to replace it – easy, but the cable disappears into a black hole and without removing the relay block and petrol tnk i cannot see how to remove the cable, Asking the Internet – the answer is to not bother and just short the switch completely. Instead, I’ll cut the old cable and splice the new switch in, but surely just using a block connector to disconnect the wire from the switch would have been easier.Posted 8 years ago
Fekkin Italian bikes.MrNuttMember
ah another hoover thread, how convenient!
which is the worst hoover, my vote has to go to the (now defunkt) woolworths own vacuum, the dust cylinder used to fall out and self empty when ever near to the end of hoovering giving a cleaning and additional “bonus round”, thankfully it actually spontaneously combusted and left my (1st floor) apartment via an open window! 😀Posted 8 years agosamuriMember
Predictive text works perfectly for me. My sister also hated it and thought it was terrible design until I showed her how to use it. She’d misunderstood the concept entirely, and assumed that something that had become popular and widespread was actually stupid – in fact it was her that was stupid.
Isn’t predictive text intended for people who like to type in English rather than presenting a stream of aural letters that make sense purely to someone who can’t understand more than one form of communication like a spasticated gibbon?Posted 8 years ago
like the carpets in my car. Whoever designed it had really thought it through
Its a family estate car. So likely to be owned by someone with kids/muddy dogs/mountain bikes etc. I know! Lets fit it with white carpets. Genius!
Even more genius that you bought a car knowing your family hobbies and you got one with white carpets 🙁Posted 8 years ago
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