Thursday, January 05, 2006

Poor UI

This mail slot represents what I consider to be a big UI mistake. It's a perfectly standard looking mail slot with a note above it that says you should, under no circumstances, use the slot.

To me, this is like fixing a web UI by adding more messages in red, trying to cajole users into behaving correctly.

Rather than add more messages, change the UI so the user can't even mess up.

In this case, why not put the label over the mail slot itself, making it impossible to use the slot? It changes the UI by making the user unable to make the mistake of ignoring the warning message.


1 comment:

  1. What it actually says is "Do not use the mail shoot"...