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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.

The Next Web – Bad Web Design Example #2 for July 18, 2011

July 18th, 2011 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s an important website. It’s one you should be reading. It’s one that’s difficult to read unless you’re on a laptop, Mac (I assume) or an iPhone (although the text is a little small).

What’s the problem. Contrast, of course. The home page is readable on my laptop—but it’s about five inches closer to my face than my desk monitor. Yeah, yeah, I know. Everything is fine if you’re close enough. But it fails the W3C guidelines for contrast. AccessColor reports that:

The W3C recommends a standard of 500 or greater for the color difference and a standard of 125 or greater for color brightness.

Based on these considerations, the results for this page are:

  1. Both color difference and color brightness do not meet the recommended standard for 18.11% of the total text.
  2. Either color difference or color brightness does not meet the recommended standard for 67.32% of the total the text.

You can see the first part of the results in this screenshot.

TNW has some front/backend issues, too. Yslow gives the home page a score of 59 and Page Speed gives it an 89. Yslow seems to score web pages like it’s the Olympics. Page Speed seems to score like it’s the Special Olympics.

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