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bad websites are like sinking shipsWorst Websites
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bad web design can hurt your businessWorst Websites of 2010: The Final Lists

Once again, it was a good year for bad web design.

List 1: Worst Websites of 2010

The year started off slowly. In fact, when I compiled the Worst Websites of 2010: The Contenders I said "It's hard for me to believe, but it looks as if bad web design wasn't as bad in 2010 as it has been during the last 14 years."

Well, you can't keep bad web designers down for very long. As the year progressed, uglier and uglier sites started appearing and by the end of the year, our Numero Uno showed up.

Worst Websites of 2010

List 2: Worst Websites of 2010 - User Interface / Navigation

The year 2010 was memorable for the number of bad websites whose User Interfaces sucked. There were so many, I had to create a separate grouping. Personally, I think the User Interface / Navigation examples are worse than the ones here. You can see them at:

Worst Websites of 2010 - User Interface / Navigation

Worst sites of 2011 in the first quarter

The Ten Worst Websites of 2011—First Quarter

The first three months of this year have been interesting because I've tried not to feature as many Over-The-Top Websites as before.

Still, there are plenty of websites that are "challenged." suck, including a couple of my favorites.

The Ten Worst Websites of 2011—First Quarter

We do not think the web sites listed here are well designedThe Worst Websites of 2009-2005

It's amazing how much garbage passes for web design.

I started "awarding" the uncoveted "Worst Website of the Year" back in 2005. There have been way too many winners.

Some of the more notable organizations that have been featured through the years include:

  • Pope John Paul II
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Yale School of Art
  • God Hates Fags
  • whitehouse.gov.
  • Harvard University
  • Xerox
  • Hermès
  • Leo Burnett Advertising
  • TechSoup
  • U.S. Republican Party
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tampax
  • Diners Club
  • MIT Architecture
  • Brown University Research
  • El Paso Wate
  • Ace of Cakes (television show)
  • Brown University
  • Crumpler Bags
  • Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Architecture
  • Superior Court of California County of San Francisco

Overview of the Worst Websites of 2010-2005

Worst Websites of 2009
Worst Websites of 2008
Worst Websites of 2007
Worst Websites of 2006
Worst Websites of 2005

checklist of bad design

Web Design Checklists

Smashing Magazine put these lists under the category "Ultimate Web Design Checklists" and said:

This checklist from Web Pages That Suck is one of the most complete checklists out there.

My two web design checklists will help your website not suck.

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on seminars or spend hundreds of dollars on books to find out what's wrong with your web site.

I'm giving you the tools to do the job yourself. Just compare your site against two easy-to-use checklists and find out if your site sucks.

Does Your Web Site Suck? Checklist 1 — 148 ways you're killing your site.
Does Your Web Site Suck? Checklist 2 — 82 ways you're maiming your site.

What do I do now? — Hopefully, fix what's wrong.
What we clicked on in Checklist 1 — See mistakes others have made.
Top 30 Web Design Mistakes — See the most "popular" mistakes.

The governor of Oklahoma's web site is so inspiringGorgeous Websites From The Late 90's To Inspire You — If You Have No Taste

Recently there was an article about how popular web sites looked in the late 1990's. While it's interesting to see what Adobe or Apple looked liked back then, there isn't much you can learn from these sites. I'm also not sure how much inspiration you can get from looking at any kind of good examples. It's going to depress me and I'm going to head toward the refrigerator.

On the other hand, you can really learn from and be inspired by web sites that are featured on Web Pages That Suck — especially those from the late 90's. At the very least, you can learn to take the other direction. More importantly, you'll feel good about your design skills because nobody ever looked at the examples on Web Pages That Suck and said, "I'm a horrible designer because I can't create these kinds of web sites." When you leave this site, you'll feel good about your design skills.

Gorgeous Websites From The Late 90's To Inspire You — If You Have No Taste

Don't make these common web design mistakesThe Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015

I've gathered what I think are the biggest web design mistakes committed during the period 1995 to 2015. Yes, it is a little facetious to say these mistakes will be made in the year 2015, but it's human nature to repeat your mistakes over and over. But it's human nature to repeat your mistakes over and over.

If you could take away one thought from the article, I would like it to be "Visitors to your web site don't care about your problems. They want you to solve their problems now.

The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015

The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015

  1. We've designed our site to meet our organization's needs (more sales/ contributions) rather than meeting the needs of our visitors.
  2. A man from Mars can’t figure out what your web site is about in less than four seconds.
  3. Focus, dammit.
  4. Using design elements that get in the way of your visitors.
  5. Thinking your web site is your marketing strategy.
  6. Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn't look like it.
  7. Navigational failure.
  8. Using Mystery Meat Navigation.
  9. Site lacks Heroin Content.
  10. Forgetting the purpose of text.
  11. Too much material on one page.
  12. Confusing web design with a magic trick.
  13. Misusing Flash.
  14. Misunderstanding the use of graphics.
  15. Mystical belief in the power of Web Standards, Usability, and tableless CSS.
  16. Javascript.