Have you ever wondered if the creators of certain products actually used their own creations? The question at hand is, “What product was so poorly designed that you suspect the team that made it never used the product?” We dive into the intriguing world of product design mishaps, as revealed by the Reddit community in the Ask Reddit subreddit.
As you read on, you’ll discover the frustrations of everyday people who have encountered these poorly designed products. Let’s explore the instances where a lack of user-centered design has left users scratching their heads.
Sliding Shower Doors
Many of us have encountered sliding shower doors with an overlapping section that seems impossible to clean without dismantling the whole door. It makes you wonder if the designers ever tried to clean it themselves.
HP Printer Drivers
HP printers are ubiquitous, but their software drivers have frustrated users for decades. One can’t help but question whether the HP team ever tried installing their own drivers.
Kraft Mac & Cheese Box
The perforated corner of a Kraft Mac & Cheese box seems to be intentionally difficult to open cleanly. It leaves you wondering if the designers ever tried opening a box themselves.
“Tear Here” Markings
Those “tear here” markings on coffee packs and juice cartons often lead to tears in the wrong places. It’s as if they intentionally mark the strongest part of the package.
Outlook Search Function
Anyone who’s used Outlook for email knows the frustration of the search function. It’s a mystery why it’s so ineffective, making you question if the developers ever tried finding an email themselves.
Toys with One Volume
Children’s toys with only one volume setting, which happens to be extremely loud, make you wonder if the toy makers have kids of their own.
Skype After Microsoft
Many lament the decline of Skype after Microsoft acquired it. The changes seemed to ignore user preferences, leaving you to question if the developers even used the platform themselves.
The next time you encounter a product that leaves you bewildered, remember that you’re not alone, and there’s a Reddit thread full of shared frustrations. What product design mishaps have you encountered? Share your thoughts below!