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People Share The Baffling Products That Clearly Aren’t Used By Their Designers

by rrollins, January 27, 2021


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How many inventions do we use every day that could have been designed better?

Internet users are sharing the mini frustrations they’ve been experiencing with products that people generally take for granted, in response to a Reddit discussion started by user TheTenthDimension, who asked, “What’s your best example of ‘Whoever designed this must not use their own product?’”

Some of their grouses are applicable for a small subset of products, like a counterproductive sleep mode and a doorbell that hilariously “rings ‘dong-ding.’”

The more irksome design flaws are the ones plaguing entire product types, like the hard-to-reach adjusters behind bras and touchscreen car volume controls that distract drivers from the road.

One user doesn’t think the pop-up toaster is the best thing since sliced bread, as its thermal surface doesn’t fully cover the slice. The appliance also tends to brown toast unevenly.

If you’re up for some minor annoyances, check out some product design gripes below.

Televisions that cannot function without their remote controls

Image via The Simpsons

Comment from discussion willbeach8890’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

Bras, with their flimsy straps and unreachable adjusters

Image via Nestled Nostalgia

Comment from discussion Aphid61’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

A sleep mode that triggers another light

Comment from discussion ArtemisJQ’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

Card readers that can’t read your card

Comment from discussion Brancher’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

Unfriendly job application portals

Comment from discussion theshoegazer’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

Pop-up toasters

Image via Soft & Gentle

Comment from discussion Moist_Examination811’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

Peel-off lids

Image via SpongeBob SquarePants

Comment from discussion junglesgeorge’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

Touchscreen volume controls in cars

Comment from discussion picksandchooses’s comment from discussion “What’s your best example of “whoever designed this must not use their own product”?”.

[via George Takei, cover image via Shutterstock]

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