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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.

Supervideo – Bad Web Design Example #3 for September 8, 2011

September 7th, 2011 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Subtitled “Where valuable information is dumped on you without charge 24/7.” This site has a lot to dump on the visitor.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Dump is the operative word. Don’t click on anything. I clicked on “Click Here” and a PowerPoint presentation immediately downloaded itself. Of course, there’s no warning..


Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design, Worst Web Sites |

U.S. Postal Service – Bad Web Design Example #2 for September 8, 2011

September 7th, 2011 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: It’s bad enough dealing with the US Post Office’s 20-digit tracking numbers, but they figured out a way to make online tracking even MORE complicated.

Type in your tracking number, which looks like this:

0310 3490 0001 0692 1429

and the form removes the spaces as you type, making it much more difficult to proofread the number.

Good design would strip the spaces AFTER the number gets submitted, so the user deals only with the more user-friendly version of the number. Duh. Appalling to think that millions of people get to deal with this lousy interface. :(

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Well, it’s entirely possible we won’t have the Postal Service to kick around for much longer. You can copy the above numbers or copy some of the example numbers on the page and paste them into the form. It scrunches them together and the small font makes them difficult to read. Oh, well.

U.S. Postal Service Track and Confirm

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design, Worst Web Sites |

Better Call Saul – Bad Web Design Example #1 for September 8, 2011

September 7th, 2011 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: This is a terrible play on legal websites!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I think “play” is the operative word here. When I first went to the site, my first reaction was, “Holy stuff! This can’t be real.” Then I remembered, “Hey, this is the Internet. It’s full of crappy, stupid web design. Of course, it could be real.” I poked around and I found a link that referred to the TV series Breaking Bad. I think this site was an attempt to get some PR for the show.

You have to love the site. You want to believe it’s real because it’s so believably bad.

Better Call Saul

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design, Worst Web Sites |

Good Stuff (isn’t) – Bad Web Design Example for September 7 , 2011

September 6th, 2011 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I clicked an article link on Hacker News and it took me to a site called Good Stuff. Wrong. Bad stuff. Very bad stuff. I couldn’t read the freaking text. I’ve called #666 Satan’s CSS, but this guy uses #777—which is an order of magnitude worse. AccessColor failed their site and here’s the screenshot.

The guy calls himself a geek. Wrong, again. He’s an ArtFart. ArtFarts are the opposite of designers. They waste your time by being pretentious, obtuse and other pretentious words. Real web designers understand the term contrast and use it in their work. A new website has taken up my cause about contrast and it’s called, logically enough, Contrast Rebellion. Since ArtFarts think graphically, maybe if they look at Contrast Rebellion they’ll understand the importance of contrast and change their ways.

If you’re going to write, let me read your text.

Good Stuff

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Carousel Design Works – Bad Web Design Example for September 2 , 2011

September 2nd, 2011 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: My husband is into mountain biking and bike-packing and has been shopping for bike bags lately. He loves the products made by Carousel Design Works…or he probably would if he could order them. I present you the product site that won’t let you buy products.

This is a great example of sucking. At first glance it seems like this is a really nice site…but I dare you to try and buy something…seriously, you can’t do it. What’s the point of showing off your awesome products if no one can order them? All they have is a Flickr page with photos of the great things that you can’t have. My husband finally found a PDF download of their “order form” and most of the items m are sold out and there’s no info on how to actually place an order.

What a strange company website. Maybe one day we’ll get to own one of their fantastic bags, if we can just find a dang “Buy Now” button somewhere on the site…even a phone number or other directions for ordering would be good, but you’re not going to find that here.

Oh, and just to make it better the blog has one post that’s been there since the site’s inception. Way to go Carousel Design Works, you did a good job creating a whole bunch of nothing. I guess we’ll buy our bags somewhere else.

Thanks for listening to my rant

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s not a rant if you’re right. I tried to figure out how to buy something. I found how much items cost, but no link to buy. I spent about five minutes in my search—which is 4 minutes 40 seconds too long.

I don’t understand what’s going on. Maybe it’s a northern California wine country thing.

Carousel Design Works

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