Uh Oh, Bad UI Design?

By | November 20, 2009

I’ll admit to being a Google fan boy but a recent experience with the Google Reader UI on my Droid has my scratching my head. First off, for those of you not using Google Reader… why not? Just do it. I currently have over 150 blogs in my read list and none of this would be possible without a RSS feedreader and Google Reader is my reader of choice. It can be used on most any device and I use it on any desktop PC, my BlackBerry, and my Droid. The navigation using the keyboard is super convenient and allows you to quickly churn through your items.

Now, on to my complaint. On an Android device, maybe an issue on others but I can’t speak to those, the Refresh button is perilously close to the “Mark all as read” link. The Refresh button is used to refresh the items in your view. I have my reader set up so that only unread items appear. Any item that has been read will disappear from the view when you hit Refresh, it will also bring into the view any new items. If you click the “Mark all as read” link it will cause every item in the list to be marked as read which means they will disappear from the view….

Yep, since the button and link are so close together when I went to refresh the view my “shot” was a bit off and my finger hit the “Mark all as read” link. Every item that I had not yet read disappeared from view. Bad design especially when you learn there is no undo with that action 🙁  Below is a screen shot of the opportunity.

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