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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.

Merry Christmas – Examples of Bad Web Design for December 25, 2011

December 25th, 2011 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

1. Paratom Investigative Unit

Submitter’s comments: Spooky, psychic awfulness. Every site has its day, and I think Paratom.com has earned it.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: To say the home page photo is inappropriate is to insult the definition of inappropriate.

Paratom Investigative Unit

2. The New Gmail interface

Submitter’s comments: Some of the offenses:

  • Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN)
  • Two identical MMN gears that point to separate menus.
  • Redesign that requires (even in the most compact view) 4x’s the amount of scrolling and 2x’s the amount of clicks.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’ve gotten lots of complaints about the new Gmail look. Even my wife complained about it. I don’t see two identical MMN gears, I just see two different types of MMN.

3. Black Hills Youth Football League

Submitter’s comments: This site causes the blind spot in my vision to expand to cover the screen.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s sites like these that amaze me. I’ve been trying to find "the average-looking website." You know, the website that’s "just good enough" so I can point to it when I run across sites like this sucker and say, "Does your site look as good as this one? No? Fix it!" This site not only is over-the-top, it’s under the bar.

Black Hills Youth Football League

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