Category Archives: Usability Humor

Charlie Chaplin: Google Doodle celebrates 122 years since his birth!

Friday post – Google Doodle celebrates Charlie Chaplin’s birth with an original video celebrating Chaplin.

Google, the world’s most popular and most visited website is known for its celebration of special days and occasions but has only rarely featured a video doodle on its homepage.

In the black and white video, Chaplin is moved on by a policeman after he is spotted reading a Google newspaper on a park bench, engages with an artist painting a Google logo and then tries to blag his way into an event without paying the $1 admission.

View the article and video at The Telegraph

Making “Boring” Better – Virgin America Airlines In-Flight Video

Mark Hurst of Good Experience posted this on how Virgin America improved the user experience of passengers on their flights. Other airlines should learn from this experience. ______________________________________ How Virgin America’s customer experience turns “boring to better” Virgin America is my favorite domestic airline, in part because of the way it treats an overlooked partContinue Reading

New Users for the iPad – Iggy (a cat) investigates an iPad

You knew this would happen sooner or later. Now that there is a large touch-based tablet, little kids and pets are now experimenting with this new user interface! YouTube is now getting flooded with videos of pets playing with an iPad. Here’s one of many. Enjoy! >

Reverse Psychology – Microsoft makes Game out of the Office Ribbon

In the spirit of the developer’s credo – “That’s not a bug, that’s a feature!” – Microsoft has created a game that gives users points for finding and using commands on the Office Ribbon toolbar. Usually companies don’t point out their usability issues and problems, but Microsoft’s manager of Office programs, Jennifer Michelstein decided to tryContinue Reading

Bad Usability! Humorous Slideshare Presentation

A humorous, poetic, simple and elegant presentation about bad usability based on the Bad Usability calendar ( >

Hilarious Google “Opt-Out” Parody

The Onion, a famous print and online parody newspaper, has a hilarious news video parody of Google’s “Opt-Out” policy. >

Classic “This is Broken” Seth Godin Video

Seth Godin, bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change in his Gel 2006 video. Why are so many things broken? In this entertaining talk – one of the favorites of Gel 2006 – Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them. WatchContinue Reading

Lazy Eyes: How we read online

Fun, somewhat tongue-in-cheek article about reading/browsing online vs. paper. He uses Jakob Nielsen’s writings as examples and goes from there. Worth a read on Slate (Aricle by Michael Agger).

The Ultimate Multi-Function Cell Phone (Humor)

You knew it was coming…move over iPhone! Here is a cellular phone that *really* can multitask! The Sumsing Turbo 3000 Xi mobile phone! View the video!

Computer Usability – Need we say more?

Police excuse angry computer user for outburst Reuters, Tuesday July 17, 2007 2:35pm EDT (View article) BERLIN (Reuters) – A German man who startled his neighbors when he hurled his computer out of the window in the middle of the night, was let off for disturbing the peace by police who sympathized with his technicalContinue Reading

Consumer Experience Parody

It’s always great to see examples of how important the consumer experience is. Here’s a great video parody about the consumer experience. Enjoy!

International Translation and Branding Usability Bloopers

Let users do what they want to do, when they want to do it, and how they want to do it.