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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.

Davide Cernuschi – Example #2 of Bad Web Design for February 28, 2011

February 27th, 2011 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: This site defines Mystery Meat Navigation. Good luck finding ANYTHING on this one

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Just because you’re a great photographer doesn’t mean you have a license to use Mystery Meat Navigation—or any other stupid technique. Yes, I know you’re an artiste, but c’mon. This is pretentious crap.

Oh, and why is the URL “theosbrinkagency.com?”

Davide Cernuschi

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The Serene Experience – Example #1 of Bad Web Design for February 28, 2011

February 27th, 2011 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: We’ve been asked to do a job for a masseuse, and so we’ve been researching their competition, and have come across what is possibly the worst site in the world – ever!

It’s full of every bad thing you can think of – cheesy music, butterflies, seagulls, and swans flapping all over the site, sparkly stars, growing flowers, a mad blue background, and it’s absolutely smothered in crap images.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Well, at least you can read the text.

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.”

The Serene Experience (Mildly NSWF. Tasteful photos of nude women.)

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Stop Promoting Websites That Don’t Follow Web Standards And Are Hard To Read

February 15th, 2011 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

I’m tired of reading articles about “Websites That Will Inspire You” that feature sites that don’t follow web standards for contrast. These standards are for the visually impaired, but you don’t have to be blind to not be able to read the content on many websites.

As AccessKeys points out:

“The W3C recommends a standard of 500 or greater for the color difference and a standard of 125 or greater for color brightness.” These recommendations are in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

Some designers act that these standards are only important if you want to have an accessible website. If we were only concerned about accessibility, we could just say, “Screw ’em, they’re blind” and go on the way we’ve been going for years. Unfortunately, people who aren’t blind or vision impaired have difficulty reading these pages.

I’m not asking much, I just want to read your text and see what you have to say is of interest. If I can’t read it, I will leave it. So will anyone with a brain in their head.

Since I don’t critique web design firms as it would appear to be a conflict of interest (even though I don’t offer design services), I won’t point out which websites suck in the following article. Fortunately, the article is not just limited to design firms.

My readers are smart. You’ll be able to figure out which websites suck.

Stop Promoting Websites That Don’t Follow Web Standards And Are Hard To Read

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BJ The Clown – Example of Bad Web Design for February 3, 2011

February 3rd, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: I was actually looking for a friend of mine who operates under the same name. I was just about to drive round and smack him upside the head, but it turns out this isn’t his page.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’m sure he can’t change the name “BJ The Clown,” but I think I would. As this screen shot demonstrates, the home page is amazing—especially when you have your monitor in portrait mode. I don’t think this tiling is acceptable. The use of frames has its drawbacks. On the home page, there’s a link to the home page. This is always a bad idea, but it’s especially bad when you use frames. As this screen shot illustrates, it loads the home page over itself.

BJ is from Portland, Oregon, a city much beloved by yours truly. One of the funniest new shows on cable is Portlandia, a “dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon. ”

BJ The Clown

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The Daily Sucker – Examples of Bad Web Design for January 26, 2011

January 26th, 2011 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Sucks. I’ve been laid up with CT surgery this last week and I was suffering a lot of pain and numbness before the surgery. My typing skills right now are horrendous, so I’m going to limit my commentary. Limit it to zero. Just the submitter’s comments.

Daily Sucker #1: Gordon Wayne Watts Official Research Page

It’s a toned-down version of your Over-The-Top Websites. It lacks the gaudy colors and the violently moving animated GIFs that OTTWs have. Then there’s the stupid music. If the stories lined up, I wouldn’t bother suggesting it the Daily Sucker.

Gordon Wayne Watts Official Research Page

Daily Sucker #2: Joxer Daly’s

I came across this website after reading the reviews on Yelp. The reviews are mostly positive but the web page really sucks! The menu is a slideshow that rotates every 5 seconds. Why it rotates, I do not know and I can not read that fast. So they give you a way to stop the rotation by moving your mouse over the thumbnail. The only problem is after you stop the rotation you can only read the top half of the menu. If you move your mouse to scroll down it starts to rotate again and there isn’t a way to stop it from rotating on the bottom half of the page. Horrible design.

Joxer Daly’s

Daily Sucker #3: Essex Primary

Here’s my suggestion for the Daily Sucker.

Essex Primary

Daily Sucker #4: J.C. Enterprises Quality Woodstoves

This company is been in business since the late 1970’s selling stoves and they do print advertising all the time with this website listed as the contact. You can’t read a lot of the links and that background graphic is from 1996.

J.C. Enterprises Quality Woodstoves

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