This is called “Dick Move” design. Gogo, the crappy in-flight internet provider redirects the user to this page to purchase internet access. But they only show four of the most expensive passes, even though there are more hidden under “View all passes.” On this flight, internet for the whole journey is $21, while only two hours of internet, one of the options show above, is $20. Lesson of this post: don’t be a dick when it comes to design. People will eventually figure it out. 

This is called “Dick Move” design. Gogo, the crappy in-flight internet provider redirects the user to this page to purchase internet access. But they only show four of the most expensive passes, even though there are more hidden under “View all passes.” On this flight, internet for the whole journey is $21, while only two hours of internet, one of the options show above, is $20. Lesson of this post: don’t be a dick when it comes to design. People will eventually figure it out. 

Another example of zero understanding of visual hierarchy, courtesy of the New York Times technology section. Where is the focus on this page? I don’t have a clue. This design also plagues Pinterest, and gives the reader no starting point on the page. This is one of the reasons that after the new redesign, the only good experience for finding article is on NYT’s mobile apps. On the web, there’s simply too much going on and I know I’m missing a lot of good stories because of it. 

Another example of zero understanding of visual hierarchy, courtesy of the New York Times technology section. Where is the focus on this page? I don’t have a clue. This design also plagues Pinterest, and gives the reader no starting point on the page. This is one of the reasons that after the new redesign, the only good experience for finding article is on NYT’s mobile apps. On the web, there’s simply too much going on and I know I’m missing a lot of good stories because of it. 

Forbes deserves its own Dumb Design blog, but this page above might be the most emblematic of the hundreds of issues that plague the visual insult that is forbes.com. Upon entering the site, everyone is redirected to this page, which is useless for many reasons. When your content is pretty bad, as Forbes’ is, you don’t want to create more barriers of entry to get on to your site. But Forbes likely counts this as a page view, since that’s all that matters, right? 

Forbes deserves its own Dumb Design blog, but this page above might be the most emblematic of the hundreds of issues that plague the visual insult that is forbes.com. Upon entering the site, everyone is redirected to this page, which is useless for many reasons. When your content is pretty bad, as Forbes’ is, you don’t want to create more barriers of entry to get on to your site. But Forbes likely counts this as a page view, since that’s all that matters, right?