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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.

Valley Isle Aquatics – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 30, 2012

April 29th, 2012 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I was researching website design for a project I am doing and stumbled across this website. Iā€™m not sure where to look because my gaze keeps going from one paragraph to another trying to figure out where to look as they all seem to compete for attention.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s your stereotypic crappy-looking website. A blind man would be offended by the color scheme. Check out the subpages, especially the “Small But Important Details” page.

I’ve often asked myself, “Why can’t we see that our web pages suck?” I’ve never figured out the answer to this question. The closest I’ve come is an article “Why can we predict other people’s behavior more accurately than our own?” To paraphrase, when we view other people’s behavior we consider the context. With our own behavior, we don’t.

In the world of web design, we can see other people’s mistakes, but not our own, because we’re too close and too familiar with our own pages. We can use our critical eye on another site, but our critical eye goes blind on our site.

Valley Isle Aquatics

After I typed the link, Satori hit me. The existence of bad web design can be explained by the following:

A bad website

What Vincent Flanders and the visitors to Web Pages That Suck see.

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A bad website

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