I think the title says it all. "Cockpit-like" is what I've come up with, but I'm looking for better ideas.
"This looks like it was designed by engineers."
Being a "Rube Goldberg" device is commonly used to identify complex, but mostly useless things.
And cockpits are getting better...
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.
I've heard the phrase "What a 1040" used before.
(FYI non-US folks: Form 1040 = US tax return.)
Our particular favourite term to use in our office is "Facerolled."
As in, "When they designed that, they must have just rolled their face across their keyboard and hoped for the best."
A Boston (with streets running in ad hoc directions, it’s one of the hardest cities in the US to navigate).
A Mortgage Derivative
Kluge (or kludge)?
BUI - Bad user interface
A long time ago, a Micky Mouse watch was one that quickly fell apart, hence Micky Mouse this and that, so how about Micky Mouse interface?
pretty catchy, I think
I like the term angry fruit salad even though it's usually about the overuse of colors.
How about a spaghetti UI? "spaghetti code" is already common in programming.
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.
Kitchen Sink Beta
Scrapyard. 'nuff said.
- SNAFUI - Situation Normal All F'ed Up Interface
- Anti-Designed Interface
- Anti UI (pronounced ant-eye-you-eye) :)
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...
Call it a "Death Star". Remember what all the control devices aboard that looked?
Because it would make a good seed for a pseudo-random number generator.