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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.

Anthem Health – Example of Bad Web Design for April 13, 2011

April 13th, 2011 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Although my background is more in graphic arts than UI design, I’m a big fan of your work.

My most recent encounter with crazy web layout/navigation comes courtesy of my health insurance plan.

After about my fourth login, I finally realized that the main navigation structure is composed of three columns (colors: puke green, blue, red) on the right side. The real beauty of this design is that the navigation columns leap from the right side of the screen to the left when clicked. And then they leap back when another column is clicked. I’ve never seen anything like this before. All the sliding columns are causing eye/mouse strain!

I believe this is one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country. How can the navigation of its web site be so convoluted?! Thanks again for promoting good web design. Your site has helped me a lot.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Anthem Health is making me very sick. In addition to the bronchitis I’ve had for the last month, this site’s navigation is making me puke my guts out. If Christopher Columbus used navigation this bad, we’d still be living in Europe. This company isn’t like yesterday’s sucker, Unexplained Research, this is a big, supposedly serious company.

This site typifies a new plague on web design which I’m calling, for the moment, jQrap. jQrap is the crappy misuse of the jQuery Javascript library’s effects just for the sake of using the effects. Just like Flash gets misused by Flashturbators, jQuery is starting to be misused by clowns like me who aren’t programmers. Oh, yeah, there are a lot ob bad programmers writing a lot of jQrappy plugins.

There are also a whole host of contrast issues, but they pale to the navigation.

Initially, I’m calling this phenomenon “jQrap.” I might change it to jQueryCrap or jCrap or whatever great name you come up with in the comments or email.

Anthem Health

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Unexplained Research – Example of Bad Web Design for April 12, 2011

April 12th, 2011 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: The page renders slowly and recklessly. there’s horrible use of space. terrible layout. and it’s impossible to navigate—if there is navigation.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s a better looking example of an Over-The-Top website. The definition of an “Over the Top” website is just like the definition of pornography — you know it when you see it. Over the Top sites generally deal with philosophy, religion, politics, end times, etc., but they’re generally not mainstream. The design is always “interesting.”

I have a fairly wide screen 1200 pixels, but not all the information fits in the screen—you have to scroll horizontally.

Unexplained Research

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Toronto Research Chemicals – Example of Bad Web Design for April 11, 2011

April 11th, 2011 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: This is the home page of a company that sells mostly esoteric chemicals to the research community. Personally, I think the Flash animation is an 8/10 on the Suckometer.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: That’s why I love my readers. I’d also give it an 8 on the Suckometer. If you just let the FlashSplash page finish, you’ll get a mission-statement sounding pile of platitudes: “Bringing You Products For Innovative Research.” The Flash animation of a chemical ring is also a waste of bandwidth and the color combinations are ugly. The text on the “About Us” page is obscured by a picture of some buildings or something.

To paraphrase the great American philosopher Carlos Irwin Estévez: “Duh. Losing.”

Toronto Research Chemicals

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InStyler – Example #2 of Bad Web Design for March 31, 2011

March 31st, 2011 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Can someone say seizure???

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Seriously. The images make cause seizures.

Mr. Cranky says it best, “This is so godawful that it ruptures the very fabric of space and time with the sheer overpowering force of its mediocrity.” The physical structure of this home page is unbelievable. If I’m not mistaken, the page is composed strictly of images.


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Marketpro – Example #1 of Bad Web Design for March 31, 2011

March 31st, 2011 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) alert.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: A very nice example of why MMN shouldn’t be used. We also have some text contrast problems on subpages. Why?


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