How UX Ruined Steve Harvey’s Universe

In light of Last Night’s Oscar Debacle, I’m reminded of a similar incident a few years ago with Steve Harvey and Miss Universe. While one could make the argument that last night’s blunder could be considered a UX problem, the Miss Universe blunder was — in my opinion — a clear example of an Information Architecture mishap.

On stage at the Miss Universe competition, Steve Harvey opened the envelope containing names of the winner and runners up, and because of poor data hierarchy, read the wrong name by mistake. Looking at the actual card, it’s easy to see how he flubbed. By having a designer take 5 minutes to add some font hierarchy and layout delineation (as shown in the article) this particular disaster could have been avoided.

How Bad Design Wrecked Steve Harvey’s “Universe”

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