I think the title says it all. "Cockpit-like" is what I've come up with, but I'm looking for better ideas.
Paraphrasing Alan Cooper: The remarkable thing about a dancing bear is not how well it dances -- it's actually terrible -- but that it dances at all.
Or point them to this lovely cartoon :-)
I'd say "Cockpit-like" is a poor analogy since while the interface is complex they are highly designed. The complexity is needed - there's just a lot of information that needs to be easily accessible.
A Boston (with streets running in ad hoc directions, it’s one of the hardest cities in the US to navigate).
A Mortgage Derivative
I like the term angry fruit salad even though it's usually about the overuse of colors.
Part of the problem you'll run into is finding a term that has a wide enough distribution - many terms like this are specific to a particular culture or geography.
That said, here are my suggestions.
- A hodge-podge user iterface
- A dogs breakfast user interface
- A user interface only a mother could love
Interested to see other peoples ideas.
Too bad "The Matrix" is a great movie: Classic WTF - Enter The Matrix
The classic comparison used to be the Space Shuttle's UI.
Just be careful which buttons you press on re-entry...