Kandace pointed this out to me this morning. Sometimes you can almost see the decisions that lead to something like this.
For example, that “blog” button is not really standard. So they probably heard complaints that people didn’t know what the button meant. So they added text. Now it’s still a bit confusing, but at least there’s text and an arrow…
This reminds me of a quote from Steve Jobs I read the other day. Allow me to paraphrase.
…If you see a stylus… they blew it. Users shouldn’t ever have to think about it.
We all know what the “t” and “f” icons mean. Perhaps it’s time for Zappos to rethink their “b” icon.