Example of what not to do in Flash

Look, we have one cursor….not six! Let’s keep it that way…

Here Sprint does a great little digital mock-up of the upcoming Palm Centro. Lots of nifty “positive” effects and info. But it’s all lost by a really stupid idea to have six cursors show the user where they can click (as if “Click Here” is not enough). Nope, we want to confuse you to the point where you don’t even know which cursor is yours anymore. The effect itself is really nifty, and had they chosen something other than cursor arrows I’d have no issue.

http://www.moreyous.com/?id12=UHP_PhonesTab_092707_CentroPre

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2 Responses to “Example of what not to do in Flash”


  1. 1 Jim September 28, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    I actually think it’s a pretty clever way to develop the initial idea, “Ever wish there were more of you?” – particularly the way you can get the six cursors to line up with the six buttons, and thereby activate all six buttons with one click. From the standpoint of application usability, I agree with you; this would never work in a serious application (Jakob Nielsen would have a fit :-). But for an advertising widget, I think it’s pretty neat.

  2. 2 Jason The Saj September 29, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    I agree the technique is quite interesting… just poorly implemented.

    Simply changing the cursor to something else so that the user is not confused with his or her own cursor would make it a useful mechanism.

    I thought just circling the active points instead of cursors. Or even numbering and allowing a user to select a number and activating that infor option.

    The method is not bad, just don’t like the implementation.


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