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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.

Mortimer Lumber – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 18, 2014

September 17th, 2014 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I was looking for a saw for a weekend project when I stumbled on the website of a local lumber store. First thing that caught my attention was the animated background behind a couple images on the home page. The overall design looks like something from the ’90s. The home page is nothing but a list of different product categories arranged in a table, with more lists of brands they carry for each category. I thought clicking on a brand name would show products they sell, but it just links to the manufacturer’s website. When I finally noticed a link to actually shop it took me to another website that listed more product categories, which was even harder to read. Clicking a product category there reveals another page with a list of more product categories, and is even harder to read. I just bought the saw at a local branch of a large chain store.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I think that covers it. If visitors can’t find what they need, they will leave.

Mortimer Lumber

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CRITICAL PATH | Dynamic Interview Archive – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 17, 2014

September 16th, 2014 8:08 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I think I’ve found a great candidate for your site with it’s Mystery Meat Navigation. It looks like it could be arty, but as it’s about the video game industry it probably should be better designed. See what you think.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If I’ve used this before, I apologize. I’m running a bit of a fever.

Let’s make a website where the spot you think you should click on in the home page sends you to the site’s subpages (the big text), doesn’t send you anywhere. You have to click on the small text to go the the subpage(s). Once you get there you discover a bunch of unidentified boxes with unidentified people. Even when you mouse over a box you still can’t read the text. I’m not a gamer, so it’s difficult for me to comprehend if the gaming community thinks this is stupid (for the love of all that is sacred and holy, I hope so) or it’s something they’re bloviating about (please, God, no).

CRITICAL PATH | Dynamic Interview Archive

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Dog Show – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 15, 2014

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

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: C’mon, folks. Check out your websites on an iPad and an iPhone. The ad is screwed up (God Forbid!) and the text on the page is hard to read. Works fine on a desktop.

Dog Show

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id-inspire – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 8, 2014

September 7th, 2014 8:08 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: While I was researching training providers in the north-east of Scotland, I was recommended to check out a company called ID Inspire.  A quick Google search brought up the above website. After clicking the link on Google and it trying to open an application(?!), I decided to enter the URL manually.

I still have no idea if this is the company I am looking for, or what on earth this company actually does.  All I can say is ‘Mystery Meat Lorem Ipsum’…

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s back to school season here and in most parts of the world. Web design classes are in full swing and it’s the time when a young designer’s fancy turns to “How can I create a website that really, really sucks?” It doesn’t bother me that there isn’t an content other than Lorem Ipsum. What bothers me is the Mystery Meat Navigation. Why do you think your visitors want to guess how to get to your products / services / whatever you’re selling because I can’t tell.

The good news is there’s “still time to change the road you’re on.”

id-inspire

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HelloWallet – Our Story – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 4, 2014

September 3rd, 2014 7:07 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: A new and revolting form of Mystery Meat Navigation. Information that could have been presented all together in half a screen as a static bullet items list, is, for no reason but bling, spread out in a faux Windows Metro layout. Each tiny morsel of information is hidden until you flip it around, and it instantly flips back to make sure you need to remember it if you decide to look at another.

Very smooth animation, though (at least on my system). I can’t remember a single fact from that screen.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I agree with everything you say and I’ll add that since the Mystery Meat was labeled – does that make it un-Mystery Meat? – I’ll partially excuse it. Oh, it’s been 30 seconds and I, too, can’t remember a single fact from that screen

HelloWallet – Our Story

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