The world is full of poorly designed experiences. By identifying and sharing them, maybe we can shrink their numbers. What do we call these examples of poor, poor UX? #wtfUX, of course.

This #wtfUX comes from Martí Bruno a visual designer at Hewlett Packard.

 

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This article is incomplete without a nod to Mitch Hedberg:

On a traffic light green means "go" and yellow means "yield," but on a banana it's just the opposite. Green means "hold on," yellow means "go ahead," and red means, "Where the hell did you get that banana at??

jc is bang on with that comment. It's all about context.

Isn't it a bit presumptuous to call this bad ux without knowing the context? For instance, in Asia, stock tickers are red when they increase in value and green when they drop because it makes sense culturally. Showing a picture out of context and slapping a wtf on it seems to go against everything ux is about.

That's a really good point—provincial thinking on our end, perhaps. Raises an interesting point, too: if we take vast cultural differences into account, is there such a thing as globally good UX? That said, red has been a signal for danger (stop!) for pretty much all of human existence. 

Points well made. However, these are etherial points, macro points that are missing the more basic, simple point. This is bad UEX. Simple. I have every faiith that the person who submitted this knew about the issues pointed out. I would imagine if this is from: - A stock ticker - A DOS screen - C64 QBasic coding page pageWe have this over tendency to defend. "yeah, just because he had a nazi sign on his chest does not mean he is bad""just because he stole that object does not mean he is bad"'That said, red has been a signal for danger (stop!) for pretty much all of human existence' Very well put. Well. Sometimes, and more often than not it does mean what the cover says. Of course -- and lets not get this twisted -- not 100% of the time....But...Warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of comfort (orange, yellow) to anger...Red...The internet...Love it...