I've just been introduced to a website that is the inspiration of Michael J. Darnell. I've never met this man, but I feel that he's a man after my own heart. He's like the brother I never had (yes, I know that I have a brother called Andrew, but Michael is like the brother I never had).
Michael's masterpiece is to be found at www.baddesigns.com. If you click on his Examples link, you'll discover a compendium of interesting designs that Michael belives to be suspect, including suggestions for how they can be improved.
I particularly like the "What's in the bottle (example #1)" in which Michael shows photos of two near-identical bottles. In his commentary he says:
Going on a trip, I quickly packed my suitcase taking the hand lotion (bottle on the left) instead of the shampoo (bottle on the right). I didn't discover my mistake until I was in the shower the next morning in the motel and my hair was full of hand lotion! Have you ever tried to wash hand lotion out of your hair with a bar of soap?
This strikes a chord with me, because I recall my mother once finding herself in a similar situation. She thought she was holding a spray can of underarm deodorant . . . but it turned out to be spray starch for ironing clothes . . . she spent the rest of the day walking around with her arms in the air like Frankenstein's monster. Laugh? I almost bought a round of drinks! (It would be a funny old world if we couldn't laugh at someone else's misfortunes [grin]).
Michael's website is a really simple concept . . . the sort of thing that makes us all think "I could have thought of that" . . . but we didn't.
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