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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.

One of The Biggest Mistakes in Mobile Design – An Example of Bad Design for October 6, 2014

October 5th, 2014 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: One of the biggest—if not the biggest mistake—in mobile web design is your site/app doesn’t fit in the device window. The above screenshot was taken on an iPad Air while it was in landscape mode. The message displayed on the right side of the screen is, “Please Rotate Your Device to Landscape Mode,” which you can see more clearly on this screenshot. This is the 2014 equivalent of saying, “You must download Internet Explorer to view this site.”

It’s bad enough when you screw up your images and mess up the content, but the following example is even worse:

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Screw up the content, but not the ads!!!!!

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Liberty Van – 3A3E Art Cars – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 3, 2014

October 2nd, 2014 8:08 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: It’s just a mess of text, links, and photos all about their decorated cars. Not even nicely decorated cars, rather they’re plastered with pro-smoking slogans (yes, pro-smoking…), anti-liberal rants, and religious texts.

It’s just a crazy looking website. Their “old home page” linked at the top is naturally even more abysmal.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Well, I’m glad the old home page is “even more abysmal” than the new one we’re looking at. It would be very, very depressing it it looked better.

The site is another classic example of Mistake #6 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn’t look like it. I call this type of design the “I haven’t taken my anti-psychotics in a while school of web design.”

Doesn’t anybody ever look at other websites out there?

Liberty Van – 3A3E Art Cars

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Illuminati Exposers – The Our Beliefs Page – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 29, 2014

September 28th, 2014 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Someone left a business card for something called “Illuminati Exposers” lying around at work, so I decided to check out the website (being interested in this sort of conspiracy theory stuff). I thought, “I’ve seen worse documented here but it’s still worthy of submission.”

Gotta love the multicoloured texts, garish images, over-long pages, and general suckiness of the site.Now to go and clear up the blood that’s oozing out of my eyes…

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s a classic example of Mistake #6 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn’t look like it. I call this type of design the “I haven’t taken my antipsychotics in a while school of web design.”

What’s really sad is that Edward Snowden has made conspiracy theories believable – because he’s shown the government is out to get us. Nobody will take this site seriously. I don’t even know if they should because “Why would I want to read a site that doesn’t look credible?”

Illuminati Exposers- The Our Beliefs’ Page

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Mortimer Lumber – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 18, 2014

September 17th, 2014 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I was looking for a saw for a weekend project when I stumbled on the website of a local lumber store. First thing that caught my attention was the animated background behind a couple images on the home page. The overall design looks like something from the ’90s. The home page is nothing but a list of different product categories arranged in a table, with more lists of brands they carry for each category. I thought clicking on a brand name would show products they sell, but it just links to the manufacturer’s website. When I finally noticed a link to actually shop it took me to another website that listed more product categories, which was even harder to read. Clicking a product category there reveals another page with a list of more product categories, and is even harder to read. I just bought the saw at a local branch of a large chain store.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I think that covers it. If visitors can’t find what they need, they will leave.

Mortimer Lumber

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CRITICAL PATH | Dynamic Interview Archive – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 17, 2014

September 16th, 2014 8:08 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I think I’ve found a great candidate for your site with it’s Mystery Meat Navigation. It looks like it could be arty, but as it’s about the video game industry it probably should be better designed. See what you think.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If I’ve used this before, I apologize. I’m running a bit of a fever.

Let’s make a website where the spot you think you should click on in the home page sends you to the site’s subpages (the big text), doesn’t send you anywhere. You have to click on the small text to go the the subpage(s). Once you get there you discover a bunch of unidentified boxes with unidentified people. Even when you mouse over a box you still can’t read the text. I’m not a gamer, so it’s difficult for me to comprehend if the gaming community thinks this is stupid (for the love of all that is sacred and holy, I hope so) or it’s something they’re bloviating about (please, God, no).

CRITICAL PATH | Dynamic Interview Archive

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