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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.

Rainbow Primates – Example of Bad Web Design for May 27, 2011

May 27th, 2011 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: This piece of crap has been around in various obnoxious forms since 2005. It’s no better six years later.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: This site is so very wrong—aesthetically, morally, spiritually, etc. The least of their problems is they’re dealing with monkeys, but calling them primates—which they’re not (My daughter phoned and told me, “Dad! Once again, you’re wrong! They are primates!” Then she emailed me a Wikipedia link.).

As the home page loads, you’re greeted with—I kid you not—the theme song from the TV show The Monkees. Looks like someone didn’t read my article, Why You Can’t Use Music On Your Site. I love the fact the home page TITLE tag is “Blank.” I wish the site were, too.

If I ever want my daughter to never talk to me again, I’ll send her the link to this site. She seriously considered becoming a primatologist and simply viewing this site would cause her to fall to the floor in a paroxysm of revulsion and disgust.

Rainbow Primates

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Bill O’Neill – Bucks County’s “Voice of Reason” – Example of Bad Web Design for May 26, 2011

May 26th, 2011 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Has to be the most visually offensive, color intensive and mind-blowingly ego-centric website that I have ever seen!

This is more than a rant site, but there is no evident means to respond to his thoughts and rants, except for comments and they appear to be disconnected. There is no email address, nor any phone number or address for snail mail.

He just lets it all hang out and evidently doesn’t seem to notice that the very design and color of the text will turn people off!

Anyhow, despite some obvious problems in communications, this website is the most visually jarring one I have seen in a very long time. Maybe you and yours will agree. I nominate it for the worst set of web pages in the new decade and hope we do not see any others that are worse! This site would seem very hard to beat to the bottom of the pile.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It took a bit of time to find out what political position he wanted. I noticed he lost and was considering running for the U.S. House of Representatives. With a website as horrible as the one he has, he probably won’t get far. We could try and politely help him figure it out, but it seems that politeness is not going to work. We need to bring in the big guns—an inspirational message from my favorite preacher—the late, great Sam Kinison. (The link is TOTALLY NSFW. Instead of Sam’s solution to World Hunger, imagine he’s saying the following using the same tone of voice and decibel level):

If you want to become a $#%#$ congressman, make your $#%#$ website look like it belongs to a $#%#$ congressman! Go to the Congress Directory. Choose any $#%#$ congressman—here’s one I chose at random! Make your $#%#$ website look like his, %%#@5@5%!

OK, now go to YouTube, watch Sam in action and substitute the words above. Remember. NSFW. Here’s the link.

Bill O’Neill – Bucks County’s “Voice of Reason”

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FAP Machine – Example #2 of Bad Web Design for May 23, 2011

May 23rd, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Yes, that’s right. Rules this site breaks from the get-go: Not realizing the apparently random acronym they chose to name their business is a slang term for masturbation. But the site itself is an eyesore of mid-90s proportions. Even worse than that, really. There’s no discernible design scheme or even organizational structure whatsoever – just graphics thrown on a page over a graphic background with a graphic navigation that lands below the page break. Awful.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I agree, but its awfulness is awesome. What wonderful examples of bad web design techniques like:

As far as I can tell, there is not one single word of legitimate text on the page. We have repeating images, beveled graphics—heck, the home page is nothing but a bunch of images strung together.

I thought s/he was kidding about the meaning of “fap,” but it turns out to be true.

FAP Machine

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THE SMITH COMPANY – Example #3 of Bad Web Design for May 23, 2011

May 23rd, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Not only does this telemarketing company foul-up our dinner time, they’re also making the web an uglier place to live

Vincent Flanders’ comments: This site’s look takes me back to late 1995 when Vermeer Technologies created FrontPage. For a site built with FrontPage, it looks better than most. Of course, that’s like someone saying to me, “For a fat guy, you don’t sweat much.” In a way, it’s simplicity is endearing but it just doesn’t look professional in 2011. Oh, get a new logo.


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The Slide Rule Universe – Example #1 of Bad Web Design for May 23, 2011

May 23rd, 2011 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Here’s a really bad Over-the-top Website.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Actually, it’s a really bad Over-the-top Website that looks like it came out of 1997.

What else can I say?

The Slide Rule Universe

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