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Sites featured in articles like Worst Websites of 2010 often are redesigned, which explains why some sites mentioned in my articles don't match their current look. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed (yet).

If you see a site that you think sucks, email the URL to me. No personal pages (personal pages are supposed to reflect the individual's personality and artistic freedom) or web site designers (it would look like a conflict of interest), or others of their ilk.

If I think there's some merit to your selection, I may post it along with some commentary. If you know of a site that qualifies, let me know.

St. Joseph’s College New York – An Example of Bad Design for November 19, 2014

November 18th, 2014 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments: At first glance, it seems okay, but there’s no way to tell that the pages have anything going on below the fold. The pictures cut people’s heads off, there are sometimes up to six barely web-safe font families on a page.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Once again, another big issue is contrast—or lack of it. If you scroll to the bottom where most of the links are located and you’ll see they’re hard to read. Your visitors have to be able to read the text.

There’s a carousel showcasing different teachers. When I moused over the teachers my cursor changed to indicate this was a link. It wasn’t. None of them were. They were Mystery Meat cards that, when moused over, told you about the person. I know it’s not easy to solve this problem (JavaScript is the culprit, I suspect), but you’re a big-time school with what looks like a big-time website. sweat the details.

Google’s PageSpeed Insights wasn’t impressed with the speed of the site, giving the mobile version a score of 39 and the desktop version a score of 58.

St. Joseph’s College New York

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Swift Nature Camp – An Example of Bad Design for November 14, 2014

November 13th, 2014 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments:
It’s terrible. It’s hard to read. The color scheme looks like and makes you want to vomit. I understand the outdoors is “green,” but for God’s sakes man.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The contrast—or lack of—is just wrong, wrong, wrong I especially like the centered, left-centered, and right-centered text within only three paragraphs!

The site is a classic example of Mistake #6 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn’t look like it. I call this type of design the “I haven’t taken my anti-psychotics in a while school of web design.”

Swift Nature Camp

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Liberty Van – An Example of Bad Design for October 22, 2014

October 22nd, 2014 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments:
It’s just a mess of text, links, and photos all about their decorated cars. Not even nicely decorated cars, rather they’re plastered with pro-smoking slogans (yes, pro-smoking…), anti-liberal rants, and religious texts. Their “old home page” linked at the top is naturally even more abysmal.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I was too scared to click the link to the old home page. Yesterday, we had HIM Clothing the Alpha of bad web design and today we have the Omega of bad web design. I’m a BIG First Amendment proponent (with a name like Web Pages That Suck I’d have to be) so his rants don’t bother me because they’re too hard to read. He needs PARAGRAPHs!!!!!! It’s a classic example of Mistake #6 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn’t look like it. I call this type of design the “I haven’t taken my anti-psychotics in a while school of web design.”

Liberty Van

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HIM Clothing – An Example of Bad Design for October 21, 2014

October 20th, 2014 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments: This site for some reason adopts the confusing scrolling and awful HTML5 seen in you worst of 2013′s website 1927 Events. The photos are great quality but the site navigation is nothing short of abysmal.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I just love the fact that there’s no logo. On a portrait monitor, the navigation ends up at the bottom of the screen. Navigation at the top. There’s plenty of room and you won’t mess up our pensive Pretty Boy Floyd’s hair. This is the 2014 stereotypical website.

HIM Clothing

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Center for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies Greek Pottery Collection – An Example of Bad Design for October 15, 2014

October 14th, 2014 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: OK. We have our #1 Contender for Worst Website of 2014. It pains me deeply because I majored in Classics at Wabash College and to see what they’ve done here is sad.

Some of the issues are:

  • Mystery Meat Navigation
  • Flash – doesn’t work on mobile.
  • Justified text on the home page

Center for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies Greek Pottery Collection

 

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