Usability Compromises

20120822-131518.jpg This iHome clock radio is a wealth of compromises that put fashion first. The one shown above is a dial that allows the user to move a device support mechanism back and forth. However, the dial itself goes side to side, breaking the natural mapping and requiring additional labeling. There are any number of reasons why this may have been done: symmetry, ease of production, likely position of the hand using the dial, laziness, etc. It would be great if product development teams could find a way to incorporate appropriateness alongside beauty.