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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.

Imprint Technologies – Bad Web Design Example for August 15, 2011

August 15th, 2011 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: First, we have what is just overall weird design, where the Man from Mars
couldn’t figure out what the site is unless he already knew an awful lot about the site. Then we have Mystery Meat Navigation: a rectangle (not obviously a link) labeled Imprint Technologies is actually the contact link. Finally, all the content is presented in frames which, at least on my browser, fill up about 1/3 of the screen.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: On my portrait monitor, they don’t fill up that much space and the contact link is two-thirds down the page. The submitter is right. This is a very weird design. Usually, when people use frames they try to show all the content and try not to make their visitors scroll. On this site, they hide (unnecessarily) as much content as they can. What the Heck? We’ve got the repeating background, the strange colors and lack of contrast. Wow. Bizarre.

Imprint Technologies

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Richards Brothers Seafood – Bad Web Design Example for August 11, 2011

August 11th, 2011 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Behold…

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’m almost speechless. The site sucks as much as my tennis skills (I’ve never played); however, I believe this site has the worst trailing cursor on the internet.

Richards Brothers Seafood

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PSOE – Bad Web Design Example for August 9, 2011

August 9th, 2011 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: As you might realize from the link I’m going to send you, I’m a Spaniard. Seeing how there are elections coming soon, I went to register in the local section of my favourite party. I went to the national site and checked on my specific zone. And, after checking the website, I’m starting to have my doubts. The site is 3 years old by now, but that doesn’t really make that much of a difference. You don’t even need to speak Spanish to see the randomly coloured text, broken pictures, SUDDEN CAPS, a banner you can’t click on, horrible header… And, most painfully, they don’t even use the party’s current professional logo, but a GIF showing badly cropped logos from the previous century. Most links from the website are broken, but that isn’t that surprising by now.

My main question is why they haven’t taken that website down yet, when they can clearly make a professional site- the correct one appears 2nd on a Google search (under the horrible one), but, as I said, the official website links to the wrong one- it’s depressing.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: What’s depressing is that your English is better than my English <sigh>. Americans. Ya gotta love how we’re so cosmopolitan <grin>.

Java navigation is just wrong in 2011—no matter what Oracle thinks. I agree with the assessment above, but I wanted to double-check some items. Unfortunately, Google Translate either doesn’t know how to translate this page to English from Spanish or the page is not Spanish.

On the plus side, it looks like everything that’s a link is underlined. This is helpful because we have links with different colors, sizes and capitalizations.


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Global Economics in Perspective – Bad Web Design Example #4 for the week of August 1-5, 2011

August 4th, 2011 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s a classic example of an Over-the-top Website. Commenting further would be a waste of my and your time. The site can only be saved by nuking it.

Global Economics in Perspective

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Reperkusiones – Bad Web Design Example #3 for the week of August 1-5, 2011

August 4th, 2011 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: I found this site today and it took me five minutes to realize that to get a menu you have to… (deleted by Vincent Flanders).The designer left the “Untitled Page” default title.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I deleted the explanation of how to find the menu because I want you to enjoy the process of finding it. What’s the process? Luck—or, perhaps, agony.

This site proves my theory that there’s a finite amount of good web design and an infinite amount of bad web design. This site is a definite contender for Worst Web Site of 2011.


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