We have an assignment to find 3 things with bad interfaces or interactions. Here is what I found:
iPad and Apple Pencil
To start, $100 is too much for a stylus. After you pay that much, you expect some fabulous integration and quality. I can’t speak to the quality, but the integration is lacking. To charge the Pencil, you remove the cap and plug it in. This leaves the cap loose and easy to lose and provides the perfect lever arm to torque the plug off the end of the Pencil. If you want to use the iPad while the pencil is charging, you’re forced to hold it awkwardly so you don’t damage its port or the attached Pencil, and you must stay cognizant of the expensive rod sticking out of the bottom whenever you pick it up or put it down. Also, since the iPad only has one port, you can’t charge the iPad while charging the Pencil. To sum it up, Apple forces their users to change how they use their devices (in a negative way) to accommodate an add-on that’s supposed to improve the experience.
It was funny to see how many people walked up to this door, stood for a moment, only then read the sign, and then flailed a bit until it opened. I also saw people who watched the door, saw that it didn’t open, then walked to the front of the bus instead. In general, the second door on a bus opens when the driver wants it to, but here the driver had to give instructions to people to supplement the sub-par labeling. You shouldn’t need a sign on a door, and if you do, it should at least be larger! The warning signs covering public spaces probably exacerbate the issue, since we’re used to seeing “CAUTION” and skipping the details (including how to open the door, in this case).
Bob Pelletier’s Website
Setting aside the visuals, this website seems to just be a list of links to websites of interest. With that in mind, I would expect the links to be easy to look through so you can find the website you’re looking for. Sadly, this is not the case. They aren’t even alphabetized. I do appreciate the difference in color between the link and the description, and I like that the text is all legible (many websites from this time had tiled or animated backgrounds that made the text hard to read). A visitor could use the browser’s “find” feature to search through the document for the topics they’re looking for, but I think that represents a failure in web design; many users don’t know that browsers can search pages, and would be stuck scrolling through the long list.