Ranking my biggest UX Pet Peeves

User Experience is a topic that I hold very close to my heart – so much so that you could trace back a third of my tweets to some kind of rant on sub-par ux.

When things escalated, the rants even take the form of emails to some of the busiest leaders in the industry.

Caveat: Just like how a lot of us are comfortable dishing out to Kohli every time he nicks one to the keeper that he should have left alone even though we’ve never played a competitive match ourselves, you’d find me calling out the thought processes some of the best product minds even though I’ve not rolled out more than a handful of features myself in a short, rather unsuccessful product stint.

So I’ll leave you to judge if these product experiences are truly awful or just my personal pet peeves.

#5 – Uploading a photo on LinkedIn

Oh, dear beautiful LinkedIn – a worthy hero capable of filling the entire list by itself if needed. But in the interest of fair contest, putting up one that should be simple enough yet it never is with LinkedIn.

Every time we try to upload a photo that is slightly large, LinkedIn pushes the upload photo button to three scrolls leaving you perplexed.

#4 – Zoom Fatigue

For all the zoom fatigue, the only time when you could catch a break is probably when you are just logging in to the application – but even that comes with its own little mines.


If you are someone who uses multiple accounts and also happen to have a bad memory, good luck. With no option to see what you’ve typed and no easy way to login, it is an annoying detour to find your way back in for more meetings!

#3 – Twitter’s DM Reply

Oh, what I wouldn’t give for Twitter to add the feature of replying to individual messages!

#2 – Apple’s Alarm Nightmares

Imagine you have a terrible dream early in the morning – luckily you have your alarm clock to reel you back into reality.

Unfortunately, not if you are an Apple user. because alarms are where your nightmares begin.

Old Alarms

First off, the old alarms. In most android versions I’m used to, it works in two ways:

  1. You ‘save’ the alarms you frequently use (Waking up, Exercise, Reading)
  2. You keep one-off alarms that you probably never go back to (Reminder, One-off siesta)

Neat enough.

Apple however, wants to save *every* alarm I ever kept. The result? A clunk, crowded Alarm screen where it is almost impossible to locate the ones I want at a glance.

Setting an alarm

Setting the time is the most fundamental part of an alarm workflow.

But it is easier said than done for an apple user.

A box that a toddler would find petite to work around.

Worst part? There’s not even a scroll option to set the time.

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Completing the trifecta is Apple’s insistence on prioritizing snooze over stopping the alarm. The result? A number of mispresses and in general an annoying experience.

#1 – Pulling up a phone number

Or ‘Death by 10 digits’ as I like to call it.

Hey Apple, when I type in 2-3 digits of a contact that is already in my address book, I expect you’d automagically fill it for me.

This is not the time or place to play ‘Memories’.

Closing Thoughts

To be continued with a Part II.

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