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Amazon cloud player on the iPhone


Found on my iPhone 4 Safari browser.

Seriously Amazon?

Amazon has touted the power and convenience of it’s cloud storage system, and specifically for music lovers with lots of mp3s, it’s Cloud Player.  Anyone who has actually used it knows how terrible the whole system is set up, but nothing comes close to how fucking terrible it is on the iPhone.  It looks like some douchebag’s high school art collage project gone terribly awry.

Of course, part of the blame goes to Apple for not allowing Amazon to create an iPhone app to begin with, but what Amazon has done is made sure no one with an iPhone and Amazon Cloud would ever use the two together.  Not only is the UI layout completely unusable, it’s also slow as molasses.  Surely a billion dollar company could employ someone that could make at least a half-hearted attempt at being able to browse through your  playlist and hit play at the very least?  Instead, most of the real-estate is devoted to letting me know how many songs, artists and albums I won’t be able to play through cloud player.  Thanks Amazon!

Unfit to lock


Found in my girlfriend’s Honda Fit.

I like Honda.  My first car was a red Honda Civic LX.  The dashboard was laid out very intuitively.  Simple, clean, and highly usable.  Lately, Hondas have lost the art of good design.

Two buttons, and I have no idea what the hell I’m supposed to do.  Am I crazy to think that it’s fairly universal that pushing down on a button would ‘Lock’ and pushing up on a button would ‘Unlock’ a car?  Instead, we get this annoyingly designy icon of door and key.

Stop me if I’m wrong here, but keys lock and unlock doors right?  So which one is it?  How about a plain old ‘key lock’ icon for the part of the button you’re supposed to push to lock, so I don’t have to test out the button every time I sit in the driver’s seat?

Don’t even get me started on the other button.

The Leaner

The Leaner

Found at Paris’ Gare du Nord station.  

It’s not a seat, mind you, thanks to that 45 degree slope.  Yet it occupies the same space as one.  What in the hell was this designer thinking?  I’m tired, but not really tired enough to sit down, I think I’ll just lean awkwardly on something that inherently wants to slide me off of it.   WTF?

Notice the ridges on the “seat”?  Obviously someone figured people would slide too easily, thus deciding to plus this fantastic idea with grooves so that pants with pockets or buttons could latch onto this, holding the person up that’s starting to slide.  Just give us a damn seat man, if I wanted to lean, I’d go up next to that wall near the bathroom awkwardly looking at my phone so as not to make eye contact with anyone actually walking into the bathroom.

About this blog


This is me in a nutshell, at least that’s what my friends tell me.  I’m as easy going as the next pers…okay no I’m not.  I like smart efficient design and I like people being the same.  When they’re not, I get angry, and this is my release valve.  Enjoy!