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I found this story about Microsoft's Surface already having an error on Gizmodo [As Seen at CES: Microsoft Surface Fail]. Check out the comments on that article, they're pretty amusing. Aside from the "error," what I really don't understand is why they don't keep their design simple? It's tiresome to see excess visual stimuli whether its using Surface, or opening Internet Explorer on Microsoft Windows PC platform to see a lot of popups (e.g. I spent 2 hours trying to simplify my mom's web browser until finally I was fed up, and downloaded Firefox, and told her to only double-click that icon). In this case, the "Fallout 3" DVD screenshot coupled with "Games for Windows" ad and discretionary warning for inappropriate content in the background (of the photo above). Or maybe their designer was targeting gamers?

And lately in the NY Subway system, Microsoft has posted these "I'm a PC" ads/ad campaign (On the 6 line), which all the models look like artists that use Apple products (except for the pre-adolescent gamer), but it was fun reading them anyway.

p.s. I didn't tag this blog post "design."

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