August 25, 2003

Bad, Broken Designs

Way back in college, I took Stu Parsons' course on Human Factors Engineering. Prof. Parsons was one of the investigators for 3 Mile Island--probably one of the worst consequences of human error in this country. His photo of beer tap handles used on the control board of a nuke plant (used later by Don Norman in POET) still sticks in my mind today.

There's a lot of folks compiling such examples on the Web:

Mark Hurst's This is Broken:

Good Experience: This Is Broken

Michael Darnell's Bad Human Factors Designs:

Bad Human Factors Designs

These anecdotes are always great for pulling out of your...hat (ahem) in a meeting with knuckleheaded folks.

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