Bad Design In Programs 3
5th December 2003 · Last updated: 5th October 2016
(UPDATE: the menu is indeed a standard design. I got it wrong.)
This example of bad design comes from the setup screen for the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro graphics card. I couldn't see a way to save the profile after adjusting the colours on my monitor, so I hit the Help button. Only then did I discover that you're meant to type a profile name into the drop down menu! That's just ridiculous - drop down menus aren't text fields!
I suppose the programmer thought it was a clever use of forms. Again, the result is confusion, even to people used to Windows. I wouldn't mind so much only today I find my saved profile has disappeared and cannot be reloaded. It might be due to trying a dual-monitor setup last night, but surely the profile name should still be visible, even if it can't be loaded for whatever reason? Instead the menu is completely blank.