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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.

Spectrum Powderworks – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 2, 2013

April 2nd, 2013 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Here’s a great example of a low-contrast page.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: So true. The contrast on some of the sub-pages is so bad (“The Shop” is an example), you can’t believe anyone looked at the pages. I thought that the site was designed for one particular browser. If so, it’s not Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.

I thought the “Colors” page has no navigation back to the home page, but it does. Unfortunately, the navigation is a hard-to-read button. Oh, yeah. We have beveled graphics used as text for the logo. This died in 1996. Speaking of dead, Adobe Flash is used in different parts of the site.

Spectrum Powderworks

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Sunday Morning – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 1, 2013

April 1st, 2013 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This is the website of a Ceramics Workshop in Holland. It is JavaScript, with bizarre links and sub-menus that overlap the main links. It is Mystery Meat in the sense that “Here”, “Others”, “Now” and “Seek”, for instance, do not adequately explain the content within. Since there is a “Seek” box at the top, I don’t really see the need for a separate link.

The links also move, which doesn’t scream accessibility to me.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The arrows on the illustration above show the menu items on the “job opportunities” page (located under “us”). If your window isn’t wide enough, the links disappear and you can’t access them. The sub-links are hard to read under normal conditions because they’re light blue.

Some of the JavaScript code is pretty wild and is based on Fortune’s algorithm. Yeah. Me too.

Did anybody look at this site before it went live?

Sunday Morning

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