I never thought before about why those boxes are as icky as they are. This video explains it.
The most amazing thing about this video, though, is who made it: according to the Wall Street Journal, “it was produced by designers at Microsoft, in a spirit of self-criticism. It’s as if they know the sort of great design they ought to be doing, but are too smothered by a corporate culture to deliver it.”
If they know better, does that make them any more likable?