|Adobe Acrobat||Rewriting the (control) rules|
|AK-Mail||Protecting users from themselves|
|Apple QuickTime 4.0 Player||
An in-depth review
Life is like a box of chocolates...
|Apple Sherlock||It's a matter of apples and oranges, and apples|
|ASPack||One of these tabs is not like the others...|
|AutoCad Mechanical||Contempt for users?|
|Unisyn's Automate Pro||
Trust us, our way is better
A question of faith
Who's job is it anyhow?
|Banyan Vines' BeyondMail||Title Bar Geekspeak|
A critical non-error
|Classified!||Time-Wasting Calendar Control|
|Click & Print Certificates||
The Style "Buddy"
The Third Degree I
The Third Degree II
Only her hairdresser knows for sure
Eh? Say again Sonny?
|Contact Master||Tabbed sort order?|
|CSE HTML Validator||Flag Day!|
|CuteFTP||No way out|
|Datastream's Demo||Installation arrogance|
|Dialog32||Novice color mistakes|
|Drag And File||Keyboard equivalents for icons?|
|Drawing Board LT||Insane installation progress indicator|
|Dr. Zeuss ABC||Challenging messages for children|
|Easy CD Creator||Alarmist colors|
Cute, but terribly unclear
Someone needs to get out more
|Ewan 1.052||Can't see the forest through the trees|
|Eye Candy 3.0||No way out|
|Flexi||Magnifying Glass Metaphor|
|FreeJava||Holy Errors Batman!|
|Freeloader||Trick or Treat|
|GetRight||Convoluted tab navigation|
|GIF Animator||Minor excess|
|GIF Construction Set||
It don't work that way anymore
Long file names? Better think ahead
You can't get there from here
|Homesite 4.0||Unnecessarily interrupting the user...|
|HP ScanJet||Help is waaaay over there...|
|IBM Aptiva Communication Center||
Copping an attitude
Novelty for novelty's sake
No rhyme nor reason
Won't you be my neighbor?
Of Lists and Broken Rules
|IBM NetFinity||Real estate woes|
Even Pangloss would despair
A complete embarrassment
|HTML Transit||Why doesn't it do anything?!|
|Jaws||Be careful what you ask for...|
|Jazz Jackrabbit 2||Geekspeak for the kids among us|
|JDeveloper||Failure to think ahead...|
|Linux XFM||Geekspeak that would confuse the geeks themselves|
|Lotus Notes||(We needed to devote an entire section for it)|
|Macintosh OS||Trashing metaphors|
|Mannesman Tally Printers||A VCR-based printer?|
|Maxis SimCity||Patience is a virtue|
|MediaBlaze 98||Gratuitous use of tabs|
Jumping through hoops
Not enough information
Teaching bad design
|Microsoft Access 95||
"Are you really sure you want to do nothing?"
Go do it yourself!
A pissant speaks
|Microsoft Access 97||Inconsistent Distractions|
|Microsoft Data Link||"Something is happenin' and we don't know what it is"|
|Microsoft Developer Studio||Damned if you do...|
|Microsoft Excel 5.0||
Rewriting the rules
"The confusing options are your fault"
Who needs standards anyway?
Exploring a cave without a light
Hide everything or hide nothing
Top Secret Features
Changing the rules in the middle of the game
It's a clipboard - really
Where do I want to go? - Where am I?
Not undoing things that can't be undone
Nobody uses Help anyhow
Sorted, sort of...
Explorer's identity crisis
Go to...Where?! Sickeningly sweet error message
|MS Explorer Find Applet||An in-depth review Improperly tabbed dialog|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||
A Toolbar-Thingy, Sort of
Character-Based Interface Design
An alternative definition of success
Silly Toolbar Design
|Microsoft File Manager||Control Impotence|
|Microsoft Media Player||Make mine a Chivas...|
Whaddaya expect me to do with it?
And now for somthing completely different
"We are wrong, but most users won't know"
Needlessly changing the rules
|Microsoft ODK||That's for me to know and you to find out|
|Microsoft Office 4.2||You want me to do What?!|
Do as I say, not as I do
Do as I say, ...sometimes
|Microsoft Office 97||
Show and tell
Dissention among the ranks
A misguided file dialog "fix"
Too stupid to describe
Hiding what the user needs to see
So what's the question?
Useless progress meters
The last place you'd look
Blind Man's Bluff
|Microsoft Visual C++||Counterintuitive spin controls|
|Microsoft Visual J++||Geek verbal skills|
|Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 5.0||
Hiding information behind scrolling tabs
Making files just a bit harder to find
|Microsoft Visual Studio||Kafkaesque options|
|Microsoft Web Wizard||
The Third Degree, Version 2
Poor Short-Term Memory
No pain - no gain
Between a rock and a hard place
|Microsoft Word 6.0||
Special rules we won't tell you
Confusing tab structure
Inconsistent tab rules
Confusing multi-row tabbed dialog
How the heck should I know?
Things we couldn't fit elsewhere
|Microsoft Word 97||
Aesthetics over good design?
Rube Goldberg message
Get a clue!
|Midi Orchestrator||Saturday Night Fever|
|Mindspring's Pipeline+||Oh, is that what you meant?|
|Mountain Menus||A tabbed toolbar?|
|MsgBox Mayhem||Bells and Whistles|
The absolute worst tabbed dialog?
Unnecessarily alarming the user
|Mustek's ScanExpress||Lessons on how not to localize an application|
|NetManage Ecco||Sort limitations|
|Netscape Communicator||Truly "artificial" intelligence|
"A, B, C, it's easy as 0, 1, 2"
Hieroglyphics, or just bad symbols
Lack of intelligence
Too much information
|Norton Anti-Virus 5.0||Foreigners not welcome|
|NoteBook||Back arsewards buttons|
|Oracle Lite||Exploration Not Permitted|
|Oracle SQL*Net||Mixing commands, options, and meanings...|
|OrderWriter||Isn't it obvious?|
I'm a lazy programmer!
The wrong tool for the job
Get your thinking caps on!
|Paint Shop Pro||
Changing the way you use the product
Options where none exist
Bait & Switch menu items
|PaperPort||Expensive Error Message|
|PMC for Windows||Pay no attention to us...|
|Popkin's System Architect||How not to resize a form|
|PowerSearch||We could help you but we won't|
|PGP 5.5||Cryptic instructions|
|Psychedelic Screen Saver||Tabs on acid (and a response from its creator)|
|Quickbooks 4.0||Hey that's not what I wanted!|
|ReadPlease 2000||In-depth review of gratuitous metaphor|
|RealPlayer 6.0||...chicken or the egg?|
|ResSched||Immediate-Action Menu Titles|
|RoboHelp||No way out|
The insidious Hot Cursor metaphor
Necessary but hidden features
The problems with dynamic buttons
Ambiguous Error Message
Hostile Menu Titles
Unhelpful Error Message
|Team Flow Server||"DON'T TOUCH THAT BUTTON!"|
|Time & Chaos||
Intrusive, Unnecessary Interruptions
Curiouser and Curiouser...
I'M SHOUTING AND I DON'T KNOW WHY
We don't need no stinkin' access keys
Left-click context menus?
|trueSpace 2.0||An in-depth review|
Say what you mean...
Can it really be trusted?
|Rational's ClearCase||A particularly irrational question|
|Siemens WebWasher||Scrolling withing tabs|
|Socket Spy/32||The "Matched Pairs" Metaphor|
|TransSoft's FTP Control||A fork in the road|
|US Robotics Install||What I meant was...|
|Visual Basic 5.0||
A lesson in inconsistency
Way too much time on their hands
Confidence inspiring messages
"Something's going on...but what?
Can't we all just get along?
See the Invisible Man!
Errors = 1/Feedback
|Visual Fox Pro 3.0||Hardware incompatibilities|
Drag from Toolbox?
Painful Exit Procedures
|Visual Portfolio Manager||Tabs in lieu of menus|
Metaphors need to be apparent
Mor atention needed
|WebEditPro||Stop Helping Me!|
Confusing Multi-row Tabs
Painting by Numbers
Unreadable Status Bar
Stressful Colors and Alignment
Since when is success an error?
Stupid NT message
An in-depth review
In-depth: Uncommon file dialogs
So, is it a floppy or a CD?
Just assume it knows what you want
'Problem' where none has occurred.
Single tabs are not OK
Improperly grouped tabs
|Who's Where?||Backwards design|
|Windows Help Designer||Unhelpful ordering|
|Woodworkers Estimate Helper||The difference between us and them|
|xBlock||"We're Number 0!|
|ZDnet File Finder||The difference between this and this|
|Zoc for Windows||
Tab sheets extraordinaire
Why even bother with toolbar images?
Angry command buttons
How many ways can you spell 'Find'
Fetch Me Some More Jargon
Can we fit any more options?
Drop-Downs are Easy, Let's use More
Thank Heavens for 31-inch Monitors
Do As I Mean
Hey, this 3-D stuff is great!
999 Beers on the Wall...
Say what you mean - or else
Available Space Metaphor
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