Watch out for design crashes...

People design network cables and add nice features, like protective boots to help easily unplug them. Other people design servers and add necessary features, like reset buttons. But if all those people aren't paying attention to each others' efforts, design crashes can happen - like with this Cisco router, where plugging in a cable with a protective boot presses the reset button on the server. Woops. Design carefully, people!
[Cisco, via Engadget]

2 comments:

Ben Scheele said...

That's hilarious! I tried searching for more examples of "design crashes", but didn't come up with any hits. Would you post some links to more examples if you have any?

Dave Gustafson said...

You're right, Ben - the phrase "design crash" isn't really an existing term, but rather something I just threw into the blog post! So it's not surprising that searching that way would find few other examples. One I kind of like is this, where the design of a camera's blink-detection feature "crashes" with the characteristics of some faces:
http://www.unpressablebuttons.com/2009/05/technology-backfire-racist-camera.html