3 Examples of Designs That Could Improve

There are things in this world that many people use because they serve a purpose, yet could be designed to be more user-friendly. Below is my list of three things I would like to see re-designed…

  1. Snapchat

I am not an avid user of Snapchat… clearly if I have put Snapchat in this category. I think the application is quite convoluted and I get easily confused when I try to perform even the most simple of functions. While many of these items may seem like complaints they are the reasons why I am not utilizing this application…

First and foremost, I am never able to download or get rid of what “Team Snapchat” sends to me. I am the type of person that likes to clear all open notifications when I visit a website, my text messages, my linkedin, etc. yet on this application I always have one open notification. Secondly, I never have have fully acquainted myself with the product- I feel as if I could use this application for several years and then swipe left on one page to reveal a whole new function of which I was not aware. Third, I don’t know who is following me unless their username has part of their name. If I am going to utilize a social media platform I would like to know who is who and be able to easily sort through them. Fourth, I am not quite sure why they have included the ability to chat. I feel as if Snapchat is just throwing the proverbial “stuff” at the wall and seeing what sticks amongst their user-base. From what I gather, snapchat was made to send pictures for a few seconds before they disappeared, and yet the application now has evolved to incorporate many more functions which are a bit overwhelming.

Furthermore, the colors throw me off. Black and yellow is a harsh contrast. It is not a faded yellow and a faded black but full-fledged colors.

Full disclosure, I do keep snapchat on my phone because I have been told to view my friends snapchats every now and then. I used to download and then delete the app, before I realized it would be better to just keep it on my phone. While I do not use it, it is an app on my phone.

2. Facebook Privacy Settings

This is one of the most frustrating things to master on the internet. I say “master” because a person could spend most of their day attempting to figure out the intricacies of the Facebook privacy settings. Most people have Facebook or know what Facebook is and therefore know that the website has quite a bit of very important information about each of its users. As a user, I do not want to show the same information that I show to a friend the same as I would show to an acquaintance. Further, I certainly do not want to show the same information to a stranger as I do to an acquaintance. Facebook has updated its privacy settings several times for people to be able to sort through friends and accomplish what they need to, but each time I have returned to the Privacy Settings page I have been baffled.

Last time I checked, Facebook had already presorted my groups of friends based on the school we both attended. I spent a few hours attempting to modify the settings to accomplish what I had hoped, but in the end I had accomplished very little and not what I had hoped, at all. If I had taken ample time to read the settings, create specific groups, categorize as necessary, etc. I am sure my page would be much more to my liking, however I do not have the time to tackle that giant nor do I foresee myself having time to do that.

3. Airports

A brilliantly designed piece of equipment is the airplane. Overall airplane travel is the safest way to travel according to studies.

However, airplanes are docked at places that cause such confusion and hassle that people end up dreading the whole process.

When a person arrives at an airport there are fees associated with leaving a vehicle. A person must then proceed to wait in line to check-in, to check baggage, for a security check, for the plane to arrive, for passengers to de-board, for runway clearance… and that is just for taking off.

There is a hurdle one must surmount per each stage of the process and it usually costs time or money. Passengers are treated as criminals to prevent problems onboard the aircraft. The TSA, for some odd reason, is in charge of “securing the flight” by searching passengers who have purchased tickets to fly with a private airline. To my knowledge, this is the first time a government branch interjects into a process to potentially prevent terror threats. When I board a train, it if quite fortunate, that the TSA is nowhere to be found.

The process raises quite a lot of red flags and the design of the airport itself is also a matter of contention amongst designers. Please Google “New Airport Designs” and take a look through just a few of the 246 millions hits that pop up. If we are able to push forward with a few of these radical designs we may have a different experience flying in the future.

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