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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.

Jes MaHarry – An Example of Bad Web Design for January 17, 2013

January 17th, 2013 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This has to be the single most annoying site I’ve ever come across. The bizarre autoscrolling… the flashing graphics… the “mystery meat” navigation, with hidden nav elements popping out at random as you move the mouse around (all the while the page scrolls nauseatingly under it)… words fail me! Must be seen to be believed… but I recommend taking Dramamine first.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: As I like to say, “Crap on fine China is still crap.” It’s a beautiful website, but useless as far as navigation goes. It’s no fun to try to read the text,either. I love the jewelry, but I certainly can’t afford anything. The company is located in Ojai, California—the word “Ojai” is Indian for “expensive tourist trap.” Well, most of what I saw in Ojai is worth the money, but the town is a little too-too for my taste—just like this website.

Jes MaHarry

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American Kennel Club – An Example of Bad Web Design for January 11, 2013

January 10th, 2013 5:05 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s a Flanders Family tradition to go to the Seattle Dog Show. Only illness and pregnancy (my daughter) or quarantine (my grandson was a preemie and couldn’t mingle with the public) keep us from going. The American Kennel Club keeps track of all sanctioned dog shows so it was natural I go there to find out about the dates for the Seattle Show. Imagine my surprise when I arrived. You can squint at the image above, or open up a bigger image of the AKC home page in a new window.

Here are the problems (as marked on the image)

  1. There’s a large image that tells you to watch the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National (Dog) Championship on February 2, on ABC TV.
  2. However, at the top of the screen, there’s a message under “Top News Items” that a Wire Fox Terrier named “Sky” wins the Eukanuba championship.
  3. If you somehow missed the news item, there’s a picture of Gabriel Rangel (I obviously spend too much time watching dog shows if I know his name) holding the winner and the ribbon.

Why the @#$% would anyone, outside of dog show participants, want to watch a dog show if they know who’s going to win?

Maybe the AKC thinks only serious dog show participants are going to go to their site. Wrong. There’s a whole section on how to choose a dog that’s aimed at newbies. Regular people view the site. I won’t watch the show on TV.


American Kennel Club

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Worst Websites of 2012: September to December Contenders

January 4th, 2013 7:07 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

We’re getting closer to the bottom of the barrel!!

I’ve gone through the Daily Suckers from September through December and I whittled the list down to 14 “winners.” I’m now faced with the unpleasant task of going over the previous eight month’s worth of garbage and come up with my lists of the Worst Websites of 2012. Pray for my sanity.

Worst Websites of 2012: September to December Contenders

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Rhode Island College Campus Store – An Example of Bad Web Design for December 27, 2012

December 27th, 2012 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Unfortunately, I am submitting the recent redesign of my college’s campus store site. Every student in the college uses this site to find the necessary course material for each semester and, frankly, this site is an atrocious (example: small blue links on a red background)

Hopefully some outside opinion will make them consider another update!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’m hoping that the garish colors used here are the school colors. Even if they are the colors, you don’t have to use them on a bookstore. I don’t know what the relationship is between this school and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design—a Daily Sucker ten years ago), but somebody needs to help out this campus store.

A quick look at the home page found at least one typo (“locatedon”). Did I mention that the colors suck and the text doesn’t look like it’s styled with CSS (text rubs up next to box borders), but there are two stylesheets. Both of them suck too.

Rhode Island College Campus Store

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CW Lake – An Example of Bad Web Design for December 24, 2012

December 23rd, 2012 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: The site is using an image map for everything. This site was seriously released in the past few weeks which makes it even more unacceptable.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I didn’t know anybody still used this 1994 technique. Jeez. Can we make our site more difficult for the search engines to find? What about typos? If there are any, you have to edit the image. For example, on the “About” page it should read “industry-wide reputation.” You need the hyphen. There are run-on sentences

I typed “energy land services” into Google and didn’t find them in the first 200 listings.

CW Lake

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