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The stupidly simple idea that would fix USB’s biggest design flaw

It just requires two stickers and common sense.

The stupidly simple idea that would fix USB’s biggest design flaw
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We’ve all been there. You need to charge your phone, and go to plug a USB cable into its charging block. But in what ends up being a comedy of errors, you fumble around trying to get the USB plug to fit into the port. You have a 50/50 chance of getting it right. With those odds, you might as well close your eyes and try it.

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That’s because the current design doesn’t offer any visual indication of how the port and the plug correspond together. Ji Lee, a communication designer at Facebook, has an idea for solving this design flaw, and it’s ridiculously simple. Put a visual cue, like an icon, or in this case, a red dot sticker, on the coordinating faces of the USB port and the plug. Take a look:

This will probably make you think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Let’s just collectively agree that we all wish someone would’ve thought of this a lot sooner. Lee made all our lives a little better by following that golden design rule KISS: Keep it simple, stupid. Apple? Microsoft? Want to pick this one up?

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About the author

Lilly Smith is an associate editor of Co.Design. She was previously the editor of Design Observer, and a contributing writer to AIGA Eye on Design.

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