Some things are just the worst---but what if they didn't have to be? Studio 360 and design firm IDEOhave teamed up to redesign and bring joy to one awfulplace, experience, or thing. And by tweeting with the hashtag #bringjoy, you've been letting us know what needs this re-design the most.
We crunched some numbers and have gathered a highly scientific* countdown of five of the worst things according to you---things that desperately need a touch of of joy.
5.Taking Care of Ourselves
Surprise, surprise: it didn't take long for you to recommend we bring some joy to all those things that are "good" for us (going to the dentist, getting shots, making appointments, taking pills). How can things at once be good and the worst?
"Ugh, chores!" said everyone ever, proving chores are the worst.
3. The Morning Commute
No matter how you get to where you're going, the morning commute is designed to make you hate getting there. Bus stops, gas pumps, and the inevitable traffic. You know it, we know it---it's the worst.
2. The New York City Commute
In the city the never sleeps... let us just stop there. New York City is a great place to live when you're not shoving yourself into a crowded train car. And Penn Station more like Worst Station, are we right?
Okay, it's not that we're impatient (although, let's admit it, we are), it's just that the wait is designed to keep us miserable. From the hold music on the phone to the ticket system at the DMV. Any place called "waiting area" is the one place we don't want to be. It's THE WORST.
*There was absolutely no science involved in our results.