Five warnings, five other actions. 50% urgent, important information.
I think the one about being closed for Christmas is almost acceptable. The one about the postal address might be because it's a financial product that people probably don't check very often. But not really.
I promise this is the last bad UX post of 2022*. Happy New Year.
Russell has written a book, Everything I Know about Life I Learned from PowerPoint.
You should buy it because:
1. It has practical advice 2. It's funny 3. It's designed by the brilliant Stefanie Posavec 4. It's really about modern professional communication 5. It makes the perfect gift for people who communicate at work
Full disclaimers: Russell is (on and off) a friend, colleague and art collaborator. I'm thanked at the back of the book. Twice. Don't let any of that put you off.
1. It has practical advice
2. It's funny.
This probably isn't the funniest paragraph but I love the phrase "PowerPoint seems to be the software we hate to love".
I remember Russell and I did number eight once, "Pretend to be someone else". We got stuck coming up with some ads so we simply pretended to be all the other agencies and imagined what they would do for the brief. What would BBH do? What would Mother do? And so on. So and so would have a singing dog. Such and such would shoot on a drone with a manifesto type voiceover. Thingy would use that trendy actor. We did about 7 or 8 agencies.
That was a fun hour. And it genuinely helped I think.
Harley Street is a good example of that wonderful London phenomenon where A Street is famous for A Thing. Hatton Garden and jewellery. Savile Row and suits. Whitehall and civil servants.
Harley Street is famous for doctors. Or as wikipedia says, "noted since the 19th century for its large number of private specialists in medicine and surgery". Harley Street is obviously a very desirable address if you're a doctor. Posh doctors of course, it's in the centre of London, up West, so there isn't an A&E or a GPs surgery. It's all private doctors and private dentists and skincare clinics. Chauffeurs waiting outside.
Looks great on the letterheads, essential for some business models. Russell has often pointed out it's a lot of fun to see how far they can stretch the concept of a Harley Street address. Turns out you can go quite a long way around a corner or a side street and still put Harley Street on the business card.
Tl;dr the design of these fountains caused a stir, even though they're a good idea. They got covered up quickly. For non-design reasons.
I think they've been covered up for ages. I don't think they've been covered for two years but maybe they have because of Covid. Today I noticed they were open. I had a sore throat and an empty water bottle so I filled it up.
Still think they look like an ad campaign which is a shame. But yay for free water.