Password requirements torture

It’s bad enough the criteria for a password are kept secret, only shown after I’ve tried to enter something.

But it’s worse when the criteria are so complex for no good reason.

This site asks for:

  • 7 characters
  • And 3 of the following:
    • Uppercase
    • lowercase
    • number
    • and special character

If only 3 are needed, they should drop one requirement, eliminating a choice the user has to make.

At minimum, the UI should offer me a unique autogenerated password that meets the criteria that I can use if I wish.

There is consistent advice about how secure passwords need to be. Yet it’s fascinating how some sites define their own similiar but different criteria. Also see: OnePassword.

Business 101: open when competitor is closed

Stores in Austin love their signs. At Home Slice Pizza on South Congress, they proclaim they are closed on Tuesday. Which is odd, but at least they’re forthcoming about their hours.

Comedy ensues when the pizza place right next door responds in kind.

Truth be told, it turns out they’re owned by the same folks: Home Slice and More Home Slice.

Pay attention: you’re missing the pretty stuff

Nothing about design here, but we did find this important message on the streets of Austin. Not sure I’d put it near the garbage can, but I admit I did pay more attention on the rest of my walk.

Interesting how something so simple as a sentence can be so striking when you don’t expect it.

Over-designed Car Parking UI

In Walla Walla, WA, drivers are not entrusted with determining how much space they need for parallel parking their cars.  The city does it for them, by marking off spaces of pre-determined length.  I’m suspicious this wastes space (as not all cars are the same size) when the spots are back-to-back – and I’m definitely sure it does when the spots have additional space left between them (see photo below).