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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.

Create What Matters Most – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 25, 2013

March 25th, 2013 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Bruce Elkin has a pretty good website, but when I clicked a link entitled “blog” in the upper-right corner, it sent me to his blog which has an awesomely sucky design. In fact, it’s the ultimate in animated mystery meat that hides and obscures any good content Bruce might have posted!

And it gets worse! Click one of the graphic boxes on the page and, instead of taking you to a content page, it animates the content into a white page floating on top of the page of graphics. Sure, it’s readable and looks great, once it finally loads, but it’s slow, buggy, and annoying.

Bloggers and web designers have invested untold millions of hours in figuring out how to present blog content so people can tell what a blog is about the moment they land on the home page, figure out if they like it, and search and navigate even vast amounts of content.

This design throws all that out the window so it can look cool. Bruce, I am on your site to read your posts. Not to wrestle with some web designer’s graphic nightmares.

At least on the home page the black pop-up thingy is where it belongs, on the page instead of obscuring the scroll bar or trying to take over the universe.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Back on March 11, I discussed a page on the British Film Industry’s website. My comments, only slightly modified, apply to today’s site:

Pinterest + Mystery Meat Navigation = Supremely Bad Web Design. The Pinterest website made #6 on my Worst Websites of 2012: They Should Know Better list. I know Pinterest is popular, but popularity doesn’t excuse bad web design. The article Why Pinterest-style infinite-scroll layouts are worthless for everyone except Pinterest explains the problems quite well. The bottom line? “The layout works for Pinterest purely because no one goes there looking for something particular, and because it’s not crucial to Pinterest’s success that the user see any one photo. ”

Unfortunately, visitors Create What Matters Most are looking for information. They need a semblance of navigation to aim them in the right direction. There’s no logic to the order and no way to know where they’ll end up unless they mouse over a picture.

Stop using jQuery and Masonry to create this crap.

Create What Matters Most

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Smokeville.de – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 22, 2013

March 22nd, 2013 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: It doesn’t make any difference if you can read German, the site will burn your eyes.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Because I’m an American, I only speak one language. At least I can speak English. Google wants to translate the pages on this site, but I don’t think their translation is up to snuff. Have Google translate the “Inhalt” page to see what I mean.

At least I can see the text, which is more than I can say for many sites. Unfortunately, I see text with many different colors in what resembles a website from 1996-97.

There’s a phrase on the front page that I find interesting:

diese Seite “kann” süchtig machen…..

I’m not sure, but I think the English translation is “this site can suck much.” Yes, it does.


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Pulcinella Restaurant – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 19, 2013

March 19th, 2013 7:07 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I look at a LOT of restaurant websites for my area. They have improved over the years. Most of them eventually realized that Flash animation and splash pages don’t work for them. But then I found Pulcinella.

It makes me weep because this website was launched a couple of months ago, but still features Mystery Meat Navigation in the form of the chevrons at the edge of the screen. To find the map showing their location, you need to select “Explore” and then “Location” because “Map” would be too obvious.

But they like it that way. In the News tab (also under “Explore”), I found this statement: “Our new site exemplifies the modern nature of our establishment with simple, but powerful designs. Customers can explore our delicious menu, make a reservation and view news and details about Pulcinella’s upcoming events. We’re the same great restaurant, with a fresh new online experience. We hope you love it as much as we do.”

I am especially in love with the way that you can’t read the word “Menu” if you should happen to mouse over the left side chevron. It just says “Me”. Kind of sums it up.

I know that there are websites that suck worse, but really, a restaurant website isn’t that complicated. You’d think it would be easy to get it right.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Personally, I hate the navigation. The last link I would ever click is “Explore” because I just know it’s going to be something silly. A page will load with a treasure map or something else equally stupid. Surprise. It brings out the menu bar that should be at the top of the page. Navigation is like listening to a joke. If you have to think about it to make it work, then it’s failed.

Pulcinella Restaurant

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Holy Family Monastery – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 18, 2013

March 18th, 2013 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Apparently, the Catholic Church has become heretical since Vatican II—UFOs, and . . . oh, what’s the use? Just pick a subject and they have something about how it has meant to ruin the Church. Not surprisingly, it is not run by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (more fondly remembered as the Inquisition). Here’s another for the OTT file, but they really need to try harder if they want to get in the top ten.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Just when I thought it was safe to go back to church, this site comes along. On the other hand, it’s nice to see some small part of the Catholic Church has a loon website—I mean Over-the-top Website. Maybe it’s because I’m a lapsed, Jesuit-educated Catholic, but I don’t know WTF this site is talking about. Not a clue. That doesn’t really matter. What matters is the site’s design sucks.

The links on the home page go on and on. There’s no organization. My favorite page is “The Invalid New Mass,” which weighs in at over 7Mb because large images are scaled down by HTML rather than being physically scaled down (a 1389×938-pixel image [612K] is forced to fit in a 175×150 container). There are lots of other problems, but why bother? Crap is crap.

If the people who spent the time to build this “website” had focused their efforts on curing breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen foundation would be shuttered by now.

Holy Family Monastery

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Coolmath.com – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 14, 2013

March 14th, 2013 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: <meta name=”GENERATOR” content=”Microsoft FrontPage 6.0″>

Do I have to say anything else?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It would make my job easier if you said a little more<grin>.

Part of me wants to give it a pass because it’s for kids and kids like shiny things. On the other hand, I don’t want to encourage bad taste. After all, our school system rarely teaches art and certainly doesn’t teach aesthetics.

For some strange reason, the box at the top left side of the page is not a link to the home page (on the subpages).


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