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I have a word on the tip of my tongue but I am unsure if it truly exists. Is there a term or concept either in design, architecture, programming, etc. that involves recreating or reinventing the way a person interacts or performs a task presumed to be efficient, simple and easy, however, due to the redesign or reinvention interacting/performing the task has now become more confusing, complex or less efficient?

Basically, "re-inventing the wheel" but in doing so causing more harm for the people using the systems or performing the tasks.

I think I remember seeing something about this topic/concept in an article a while back showing some modern redesigns in architecture for things like doors. But of course, now people are unsure whether to push or pull, etc.

  • Well...there is Schlimmbesserung and Verschlimmbesserung from German, and is sometimes used in English. (meaning "making an improvement for the worse".) – Cascabel May 9 '19 at 22:08
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    It's called "improvement" -- with the quotes. – Hot Licks May 9 '19 at 22:29
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    byzantine (lowercase B; dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/byzantine); also Daedalian design (the Labyrinth guy) or just convoluted. – KannE May 10 '19 at 1:03
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Overengineering - is the act of Designing a product to be more robust or have more features than necessary for its intended use or for a purpose to be unnecessary complex or inefficient.

  • Not quite what I was looking for, but I will give you the answer since its probably the closest to what I am describing. Thanks! – Jared Rice May 15 '19 at 16:53

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