I got a free pen at a hotel last year. I don’t mean to be a jerk about this; it was free, after all. But, dude, the design of this thing is inexplicable.

To make the nib come out, you *twist* the top half of the pen. Why? WHY? I clicked on the top of that thing ten times before stumbling on this twisty business. There’s no reason to innovate unless you’re actually improving.

And it is NOT an improvement. Because of the repeated twisting, the clip has finally been shoved clear off. Without a clip, instead of clinging to my notebook, the pen falls into the depths of my bag.

Note to hotels and other conference-hosting places: OF COURSE the pens will be cheap. But they shouldn’t be *weird*.

PS These are the first worst.

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