Laptop - just one USB port and on the "wrong" side

The life is changing and Apple is diching type A USB port entirely. However, if you do design a laptop with ports, try harder to place them so users can actually use them. I had a pleasure to use the laptop on the photo below of a student of mine. The laptop is not branded for left-handed people, the students was sold a wired mouse with a "short" wire and the only USB port is on the left side. How the seller was expecting her to be a happy user and returning costumer is beyond my imagination.

Every door needs operating instructions ... like this

Something is wrong with the design if simple objects like doors and taps need instructions. 

But this one makes sense!


Taps - a collection of designs

If wondered, I became fascinated by taps and their strange designs when I realised my children were having thoughts of how to use them. Since then I took photos of interesting, nice, clean, strange and failed designs. If you have any to share, I would be glad to add them to my collection.

Here is a list so far ...





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Taps 32: water control at the end of the spout

This tap has the flow control at the end of the spout just above the aerator. The design can control the water flow and there apparently is no way to control the temperature. The water was by default nicely warm.

A vending machine with a remote interface - very confusing

I wrote once about vending machines, their current interfaces and their (futuristic) designs. The worst interface is the ones in which items are distinguished by a random code. Well, this one is even worse.

The vending machine had no slot to put money in or a pad to select an item. I was puzzled for a bit. I looked on the left and right side, but nothing there.

Then I looked at the separate vending machine on the right and although it's a coffee dedicated machine it had two pads: (1) the top one for the machine on the left and (2) the bottom one for the machine on the right. The money for both has to be inserted on the top pad. Weird and confusing.