For your consideration, I present the display on my parents’ dishwasher.
On first glance, does this make sense to you?
The first time I saw it, I thought it was broken, yet it was apparently operating as designed.
The lit words indicate the current settings. The confusing thing is, they do so like a splatter pattern from a stream of dishwasher consciousness.
Closer inspection of the images reveals the faint outlines of additional words that are not lit. With effort, I’m sure more could be activated at once, further intensifying the information attack on the user.
Having never suffered from information overload due to a dishwasher before, I question whether a tag cloud is really the right approach to communicating how the dishes are getting cleaned.