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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.

Universal Products – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 26, 2012

October 26th, 2012 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: The useless splash page, which you’ll love covers an old website with readability issues. The weird thing is that they show lots of images of brochures, so I expected to be PDF-bombed, but all their brochures are posted as graphics

They do such cool stuff, especially for cars, that the splash page is a double fail, the more I think about it.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The term “useless splash page” doesn’t need the word “useless” because that’s an unnecessary modifier. There are very few occasions where you need a splash page: multi-lingual / multinational websites and “sin” websites — liquor, porn, gambling, adult, tobacco, etc. This is a normal business website so that makes this site a FAIL. It’s a double FAIL because it uses a different form of Mystery Meat Navigation. Instead of clicking the globe to enter the site, which is a natural reaction, you have to click the spinning text. That’s bad enough, but you might need to click when the text is rotating and you can’t read the links. DOUBLE FAIL. Here’s what the home page looks like on an iPhone. TRIPLE FAIL. When you’re on a many of the subpages and you click the “Home” link, you’re taken back to the splash page. QUADRUPLE FAIL. The navigation on the subpages is also Flash-based. PENTA? (QUINQUE?) FAIL.

The menu on the Digital Media page is almost impossible to read. The website is pretty much a FAIL.

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