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The worst design crimes of 2018

By Fast Company

From tech companies exploiting users to voting ballots that undermined democracy, there was plenty of bad design to choose from. 2018 was a year in which design failed us. Sure, there were some briRead full story

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  • Michael Dolan
    Michael DolanSenior Creative Director at Quartz

    I have to agree that Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone is a design crime. 1/8” headphone are ubiquitous, and there is no advantage to the user at all. It’s a huge disadvantage and makes it annoying to use all the headphones you have.

    I’d also argue that dark patterns are an actual crime, not only a design crime. This is especially true when you look at games and apps for kids. We are creating designs that are tricking an entire population that aren’t yet old enough or sophisticated

    I have to agree that Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone is a design crime. 1/8” headphone are ubiquitous, and there is no advantage to the user at all. It’s a huge disadvantage and makes it annoying to use all the headphones you have.

    I’d also argue that dark patterns are an actual crime, not only a design crime. This is especially true when you look at games and apps for kids. We are creating designs that are tricking an entire population that aren’t yet old enough or sophisticated enough to understand what is happening. No designer should be doing this.

  • The removal of the headphone jack has had a profound effect on the ability of people who are blind and who have hearing impairments to use the iPhone. Many hearing aids are unusable with the current lightning port and Apple's headphones which means some people who are blind cannot properly hear VoiceOver when it is speaking. I know several people who had to abandon the apple e ecosystem as a result.

  • Hannah Leung
    Hannah LeungHighschool Student

    I understand why people are frustrated with apple removing the headphone jack however, change and advancements take time. Their goal was to move into a more wireless future which is in fact more convenient. Furthermore, there are plenty of adapters w a headphone jack and lightning port as a solution for those who like to stay in the past and stay wired.

  • That goddamn headphone jack...

    "Unfortunately, bad design can still be very effective design. Just look at the way some tech companies intentionally deceive their users with unclear or confusing software. It’s a chilling reminder that just because these designs are failures for users doesn’t mean they aren’t serving their intended purpose."

  • Ken Seymour
    Ken Seymour

    I sure wish I could use my headphone jack and charge my phone at the same time but this new design crime won’t let me do that. I have no idea if the reason for this change has actually helped the functionality of the other things I use the phone for.

  • carina Novarese
    carina Novarese

    Diseño 2018

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