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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.

JavaScript sucks – especially jQuery – for mobile.

October 23rd, 2012 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

The PDF article “Who Killed My Battery: Analyzing Mobile Browser Energy Consumption” makes a good case for writing your own JavaScript instead of relying on libraries like (especially like) jQuery. It’s also important to remove unused CSS statements and to use only 1 CSS file instead of multiple files.

Remember, mobile is the future.

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Oscar Bruch – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 22, 2012

October 22nd, 2012 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Having attended the texass state fair, I came away with some things to look up… ride manufacturers!

I think that without a question Andernoch/Bruch/Düsseldorf comes in first. I visited their site and found an amazing number of things to be disgustingly scary.

The content area is about 90px.
On pretty much every page you view, there is sort of band of grayed out pictures. One would expect this to be a visual relief; however, it is actually MORE navigation. So, in addition to the existing navigation, there is also entire separate unlabeled navigation bar. And under this navigation bar on select pages there is another navigation bar. Holy shit! These guys just can’t get enough navigation.

On top of the poor usability, this site is like Photoshop-land! Every single page is a veritable carpet bomb of poorly airbrushed images, and badly designed logos; this site is the gift that keeps on taking. I’m sure you’ll continue accidentally locating new pages in this heap of crap.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The grayed out pictures are actually Mystery Meat Navigation, a term I’m proud to have coined.

As far as I can tell, the only way to find their content is to go to the sitemap and click either “Bilder” or “Technik” under the different rides.

This German site sucks. Or as Google Translate says, “Diese Website saugt.”

Oscar Bruch

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

United Skates of America RI – An Example of Bad Web Design That Isn’t the Daily Sucker for October 19, 2012

October 18th, 2012 6:06 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Let’s have a game of “spot the bad design mistakes”

  • Music on every page (different on each page too – I’m pretty sure that most of them break copyright laws)
  • Broken links from menu
  • Too much on the main page
  • Comic sans as a font
  • Fonts in several colours in the same paragraph
  • GIFs all over
  • No consistency on opening in new window/parent

I’ve probably missed some points

Vincent Flanders’ comments: You might be confused because the title says this site “Isn’t the Daily Sucker.” The submitter is absolutely correct about the design mistakes; however, I’m letting this one slide because of the intended audience. Yes, parents are going to be the ones to use the site, but they’re going to look at it as their kids would look at it and it won’t bother them. I’d like the address and phone number to be a little more prominent.

Actually, there’s a possibility the music on the site is legit. Skating rinks have to license music (just like bars). Then again, maybe they haven’t. I’m sure somebody will report them to BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.

I realize that this contradicts what I said about a skating site I included in one of my worst websites of the year lists, but I’m not a politician so it’s OK to have a change of heart.

United Skates of America RI

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Web Design |

Cloud 9 Walkers – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 16, 2012

October 16th, 2012 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: The sad thing is, these are most likely very nice people who just don’t have a clue about how to organize their information and present it in an appealing way.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s interesting. I can go from months without suggestions for two similar businesses and then…bam! A couple of days ago the Daily Sucker was Colorado Ranger Horse Association and today Cloud 9 Walkers shows up. What’s interesting about horse owners / lovers is their love of beautiful horses and ugly websites. Here are a few more I’ve posted about: : Horse Rentals, Lightning Bar Equine Services, All-Star Horse Farm, Lake Glendale Stables Equestrian Center and Castlewood Stables.

I realize the simplest unit of a website is a web page, but you don’t have to put everything on one page.

Cloud 9 Walkers

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

The Woodturners Kauri Gallery and Working Studio – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 15, 2012

October 15th, 2012 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: This must be the worst website in history.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’m happy to report that this is not the worst website in history. I suspect you’ll find the worst website in history somewhere among the Worst Websites of 2012: April to August Contenders.

I first ventured onto the Internet in January 1995 and this site would fit right in. Unfortunately, this is 2012 and all this site does it make it look like this business is amateurish. That’s a shame because the quality of the artwork looks very professional. Still, would you want to do business with a site that looks like this? Especially since there are millions of templates and thousands of professional web designers available to fix this site.

The Woodturners Kauri Gallery and Working Studio

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