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6 January 2007 / erikduval

Wacky Labels

There is a guideline in Human-Computer Interaction that labels betray problems with interface design: if a widget needs a complicated label, then it should probably be reconsidered. Well designed doors don’t need a “push” or “pull” label. After all, in most kitchens, the chairs and tables do not bear labels to explain what they are…

I was reminded of this guideline when I discovered (through Slashdot) the wacky warning labels contest. My favorite: “Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level.”!


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