A DIY Solution to Compensate for the UX Design Flaw of Sockets

By Core77 on September 8, 2015 in Design - Other

If there is a design flaw with standards sockets, it’s not in their function. It’s in their UX:

While I scored well on that eye test for designers, my vision ain’t what it used to be, and I simply can’t read these etchings from arm’s distance. I’m not alone in this, so starting around ten years ago (I believe), companies started laser-etching their sockets like this:

However, most socket organization systems I see, whether DIY or store-bought, look like this:

Can’t exactly see the etchings, can you? Those designs require you to either memorize the location of each socket, or pull-and-check to find the size you’re looking for.

It’s not perfect, but this DIY solution I stumbled across seems a step in the right direction:

Props to Ryan Battelle for coming up with the idea.

Readers: How do you all store your sockets? I’m particularly interested in hearing from those of you with bad or declining eyesight.