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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.

Yeshivah of Flatbush – An Example of Bad Web Design for December 4, 2012

December 4th, 2012 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Here’s some Jewish Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) that’s definitely not kosher.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: MMN is never kosher; it’s trefah. (I hope this is the right term. I’m such a goy. I apologize in advance.) What’s really narisch, is the logo on the subpages. When you click on one, you’re sent back to the MMN home page. This is idiotisch.

The fly-out menu on the home page made a little sense back in 2000-2001; it makes no sense today. To prove that I’m a goy’s goy, I was going to complain that the menu was on the right side. Then I realized that Hebrew text is read from right-to-left. Obviously, the text on this site is in English but its placement “makes sense.”

As far as the use of MMN on this site—Farschemn.

Yeshivah of Flatbush

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OCR – An Example of Bad Web Design for December 3, 2012

December 3rd, 2012 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: OCR is one of the big exam boards in the UK and they’ve just launched a re-design that makes their website essentially unusable. It has random design elements, inconsistency as a theme and a bizarre sideways scrolling navigation/mangling control. I’ve been in the software business for 20 years and this is probably the worst combination of a bunch of awful ideas I’ve ever seen!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If I remember correctly, some well-known / published author / web authority is the father of this navigational monstrosity. I’m sure it’s a guy who created it because no woman is this illogical.

Visitors have to work to use the navigation. If they have to work, then they have to think. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO THINK. Doesn’t anyone remember Steve Krug’s web design best seller "Don’t Make Me Think"?

Someone will say, "Well, it’s this way for mobile users." No it’s not. OCR.org doesn’t have a mobile or tablet version of its website. Using the arrow navigation on a tablet or iPhone is an awful experience. At least we only have until December 21 to put up with this stupidity.


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Rice University School of Architecture – An Example of Bad Web Design for November 21, 2012

November 21st, 2012 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments:. I came across this hot pink beauty that is slow to load, horrible to read, and all around miserable for the end user to experience. I’m sure you will not be surprised to learn that it is an Architecture site, but I thought I would share. Keep up the great work! :-)

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I was impressed that Rice University not only has their own mobile app, but their website works on a mobile phone—even without using HTML5. Apparently, I was under the mistaken impression that HTML5 was necessary to use the Viewport tag. I sit corrected. On the other hand, the school of architecture is not impressive in a positive sense.

The site has no mobile app or even a mobile version. That’s the least of its problems. The most serious is the contrast clash of the flaming pink color with the white links below. Your eye is immediately drawn toward the pink section with the school’s logo. Then, when your eyes go toward the text your eyes blur momentarily. There must be a scientific name for this, but I don’t know its name.

We also have Mystery Meat Navigation toward the bottom of the page in the Publications section. Maybe these book titles (when you can read them) mean something to other architects, but I can’t be sure.

The home page is HUGE. It clocks in at 7.1Mb. Not only is it fat, but it’s slow. It takes over 3 seconds for the first byte to show up and then takes an additional 3.5 seconds to start to render. The page takes 44.5 seconds to fully load. Here’s a waterfall of the page (this link is the same as the one above) showing what’s wrong.

Rice isn’t alone. Lots of architectural websites suck. Check out Architecture — An Industry With Sucky Websites.

Rice University School of Architecture

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Cardiff Contemporary – An Example of Bad Web Design for November 19, 2012

November 18th, 2012 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: I learned about the site below in a local council publication as a ‘portal’ to what’s happening in Cardiff. So, I went to visit it.

This site is a complete turn-off right at the home page. It is so poor, starting with Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN), that I didn’t even bother delving any deeper.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’m surprised by the MMN. Normally, when you click one of the mystery links, you’re taken to a complex page—often Flash-based. Nope. You’re taken to a strictly text-based page. Huh? Why couldn’t Cardiff Contemporary use a simple menu for navigation? Of images that were labeled?

Oh, a really serious mistake that’s uncalled for has to do with clicking the logo on the subpages. It takes back to the Mystery Meat home page—where you have to mouse over the “X’s” once again.

Cardiff Contemporary

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Habitrail – An Example of Bad Web Design for November 14, 2012

November 14th, 2012 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: A “mascot” worse than Clippy; hamsters; Mystery Meat Navigation; Flash; and happy, bright, obnoxious colors.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If there’s one thing that scares the bejesus out of me, it’s the use of “hamsters” and “mystery meat” in the same sentence.

The worst of the two designs is the one on the left. It’s pretty frightening. Take a look and you’ll agree.


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