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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.

Flip-Universum – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 31, 2013

October 30th, 2013 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: I received a newsletter about all these cool new websites. As soon as I see words like “cool” or any other superlative like “amazing” or “inspirational” I know I’m going to find Daily Sucker material.

I thought Flip-Universum was a Flash-based site until I looked at the source code. It’s all HTML5 trickery. I’m really impressed with the talent it took to create this home page. Really, really impressed. Unfortunately, the website sucks. The home page takes a long, long time to load (10 seconds according to WebPageTest) and clocks in at almost 5Mb. It took over a minute to load on my iPhone 4.

Of course, I can’t pass mentioning the Mystery Meat Navigation that permeates the page. On my iPhone, the mouseover doesn’t work the way it does on the desktop, which means your cool effect is wasted.

Yes, there are navigation bars at the top so you can skip the cutesy animation, but they’re wasted. Your eye goes to the animation and you get sucked into a black hole. I was so enchanted by the animations I didn’t stop and find out what this company or organization or whatever does. I think that defeats the purpose of having a website.


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