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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.

Davide Cernuschi – Example #2 of Bad Web Design for February 28, 2011

February 27th, 2011 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: This site defines Mystery Meat Navigation. Good luck finding ANYTHING on this one

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Just because you’re a great photographer doesn’t mean you have a license to use Mystery Meat Navigation—or any other stupid technique. Yes, I know you’re an artiste, but c’mon. This is pretentious crap.

Oh, and why is the URL “theosbrinkagency.com?”

Davide Cernuschi

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The Serene Experience – Example #1 of Bad Web Design for February 28, 2011

February 27th, 2011 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: We’ve been asked to do a job for a masseuse, and so we’ve been researching their competition, and have come across what is possibly the worst site in the world – ever!

It’s full of every bad thing you can think of – cheesy music, butterflies, seagulls, and swans flapping all over the site, sparkly stars, growing flowers, a mad blue background, and it’s absolutely smothered in crap images.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Well, at least you can read the text.

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 antipsychotics in a while school of web design.”

The Serene Experience (Mildly NSWF. Tasteful photos of nude women.)

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design, Worst Web Sites |

Allen College – Example of Bad Web Design for February 23, 2011

February 23rd, 2011 10:10 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Look at this website for Allen College. I am especially amused by the green menus that appear when you move the mouse over the headings in the blue section near the top. I wonder who picked out that color?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Wow! The only possible reason this color exists because it’s the school color. I guess the thinking process was, “Let’s make the sliding menus hard to read so visitors will get frustrated and leave.”

I love how the menu gets blocked by the text. And, of course, there are problems with the contrast of the text on the background. (This site gives a really great visual demonstration of contrast.) If you won’t take my word about the need for contrast, take Alistapart’s. Between the two of us, you’ve got the alpha and omega of web design telling you to wo/man up and make your site readable.

For the final word on contrast, here’s a very good article.

A great resource for understanding contrast

Allen College

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design |

Manzella’s Fruit Market – Example of Bad Web Design for February 21, 2011

February 21st, 2011 6:06 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Maybe it’s not a Daily Sucker, but it’s not good. This is for a local green grocer. It’s all Flash and the landing page is not the Home page. Finding the weekly ad or business hours requires more clicking around than necessary. That info should be front and center for customers. There is a lot of clickable stuff that simply does nothing. For some reason the weekly ad is almost always an overly large PDF. The music can’t be shut off. It’s a good store but a bad site.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: You’re wrong, it is the Daily Sucker, and a quite worthy addition.

The site was created back in 2008 when Flash websites were still relevant (that’s a lie on my part, but I’m trying to be nice). There’s nothing on this website that can’t be done in HTML. They could still keep the fruit and vegetable animations if they wanted. If you can do it in HTML, then do it. You can get a better, more easily edited and less expensive website with HTML.

I’ve seen so many sucky sites that I know to look for business hours and phone numbers under the “Contact” link. You’re right. It should be front and center.  I never did find any weekly ads, but I did find dead links. If you go to the “Other Goods” page and look under the second column heading (“Our staff is here to help”), you’ll see what looks like links (“Lottery Tickets”, etc.), but they’re not. Also, on the “Gift Baskets” page there’s not enough contrast between the text and the background.

At first glance, the site appears to be OK, but it sucks.

Manzella’s Fruit Market

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The proper use of animated GIFs

February 19th, 2011 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders


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