Do the ‘Right’ thing !

Yet another time, I went for a DELL.

This is what I missed to note while ordering …and I repent…

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Headphone socket on the Right hand side..!? Who in the world comes up with these design ideas? I have had 2 Dells before, both of them had it on the Left.

Now the struggle is real operating my mouse… 😦

.deep.

World is Flat !

Continuing my previous discussion from the last post, I don’t have any hard feelings against Flat design or Minimalism or whatever you wanna call it.

I am not totally in for Skeuomorphism as well. But we need to find a little balance between the two. There does exist a sweet spot between them.

But there are some designers who are just riding the flat/minimalist unicorn and have taken things for granted. This has spread extensively to web design as well. I have observed some discussions where in, these so called “designers” doesn’t even hesitate a bit, to isolate a group of people who find it difficult to understand/use the flat design.

Here, this is from freecharge.com

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Amount button is clickable, Switch to fresh recharge is clickable ! But you wont get a clue.

Grey on Grey?, Common….

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Why? Why cant we have this,

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Instead of this :

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Think about it…

.deep.

 

 

Check-Mate

So this is an old one. (Might have changed currently!) I was going through my collections of screenshots that I usually make sure to capture when I surf through these sites.

This is from Paytm.com.

I was recharging my mobile through this site. I still do but “sometimes” (because of its overly secure nonsensical OTP authentication. Lets pause it right there, for later discussion ). Back to the recharge situation. I select my mobile number, enter the amount, click next and land up at this.

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OKK! MY Paytm Wallet balance is 1000, I need to pay 250. So how do I do that? Scratched my head a little. Looked here and there. Drank a cup of tea. (Yea coffee is not my cup of tea!), went for a stroll. Watched a movie.

But I was dwelling deep down my soul, how the hell I use Paytm Wallet?

Finally, (insert drum roll) I found out that, the circle on the left hand side of the “Use Paytm Wallet” label was actually a “radio button”, some people call it “check “box” even though its a “circle” !

Like this:

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See that? the green thingy?

And voila, you can “uncheck it” to use other options.

Wish the developers said, “Check the the Paytm Wallet option” to use it, in the beginning !

It might have given me a “clue”.

Oh, and by the way, here are some radio buttons if you are bored.

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A little shade, a little button-y feeling definitely helps. Atleast for me.

A curious observation might tell you, 2nd pic from the left in the 2nd row, is quite matching with the Paytm thing. Right?

Yea, but did you notice that there are more than one button? Hence it becomes easy to recognize it, that we need choose one from many. Well there’s a whole lotta psychology behind that for sure.

Check this out. This one is my favorite when dissecting the UI: Gestalt psychology

Sorry for the long post. Here, a piece of cake for you.

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Customer is always right?!

I was browsing through Flipkart for Microwave ovens and happened to see this below user review for one of the ovens.

fpkrt I was mesmerized by the customer expectation and stupidity. So this guy has a problem about “not able to cook pizza, idli etc. in his oven”, so he is pissed off. I don’t think many of these kinda users know about the difference between microwave and microwave oven with convection mode.

As per wikipedia, the technical aspect of both are:

“Convection microwaves offer the quick cooking features of a microwave with the browning, crisping, and full “cook-through” of a traditional oven. Instead of just heating the inside of the food (as regular microwaves do), a convection microwave also browns and cooks the outside of your food. Scientifically speaking, regular microwaves emit waves that bounce around until they come in contact with food, causing water molecules to excite and generate heat, which then cooks the food.

In contrast, convection oven technology uses a fan to force air movement and heat up the full interior of the microwave to cook food from the inside out. That’s why you can use convection microwaves to bake and roast things that would otherwise be cooked too quickly (and not thoroughly) with just a regular microwave.”

So, I am not even sure that this user has even a slightest clue about it. No problem with that. But, if I were in his shoes, I would have at least made an attempt to get the facts right.

But, customer is a customer. He can never be wrong !? Or would he be?

.deep.

Keep on sc’roll’in baby

Oh… this one was around the the corner of my thinking part, from a long long time.

This is from TED. You know that, ‘Ideas worth spreading’ site, which is running out of ideas these days, so it even puts up sh#tty contents every now and then.

Back to the topic, few months ago the site had an interesting feature which I always thought was cool thing to have on any Video content site. Simply put:

“I am watching a video, and content/topic of the video is pretty interesting/arguable/controversial  and suddenly my brain starts to think about all these interesting comments that the people might have done on this. If I scroll down, I loose the video (even though I can hear the audio) and I will start reading the comments, but I loose all visual contents the video had in that mean time.”

Ted redesigned its site around this. Now:

Video Section on the home page

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and when you scroll down

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Solution: When you scroll down to the comments section, the video minimizes and takes very small ( slightly bigger than a postal stamp) screen area on the upper left corner of the screen and it will keep on running there as you glance through the comments section. Whenever you wanna take a peek at the video, it right there on the top left corner. You need not keep on scrolling up and down to switch between the video and the comments section.

Ahhhh thats a remedy for OCD prone people like me!

Anyway, I saw something similar on another site (cant recall the source though), where the Video will automatically pause if you scroll down beyond the video player and until you scroll back up, it will be in that paused state.

Wish Youtube had any of these features…

.deep.

decoy

Here’s the thing,  You got my attention, but seriously WTF?

Look at this advertisement. God!!, that’s a Beats headphone and whats it got anything to do in blue hell, with the tag, Headphones starting from Rs.65.ebay

I am observing these kinds of tricks every now and then.Many of the online shopping sites do this.

Here’s one more, from Fabfurnish: On their main page of sofas and sectionals I find this.

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I get super happy, go crazy and click it to order it. And then it takes me in to the depth of its details. So here it is.

The price given above is, for a Single seater and not a 3 seater ! Damn you.

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So its a decoy. If you fall in to it, its your mistake. As per me, its just one customer getting away.

.deep.