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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.

1927 Events – An Example of Bad Web Design for December 16, 2013

December 16th, 2013 10:10 am by Vincent Flanders

The Daily Sucker - an example of bad web design

Submitter’s comments: Flash may be dead, but its legacy of suck lives on in HTML 5.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Interestingly, it doesn’t look as bad on mobile devices (iPhone 4 and iPad Air); however, the problems show up on the web version. The site is into that HTML scrolling technique which is so annoying. Scrolling is really for dating sites because you’re excited about what you might find. On 1927, the excitement gives way to annoyance. There’s a down arrow which means you’re supposed to use this as a guide for scrolling. Mac users don’t open up full screens and in the above example it’s difficult to find the down arrow that tells you should scroll down.

There’s also some Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN)—see the image below—and we all know how much MMN sucks.

Mystery Meat Navigation sucks

The HTML5 trickery shown on this site is becoming more and more common. Stop it.

1927 Events

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Who Killed JFK? – An Example of Bad Web Design for December 9, 2013

December 9th, 2013 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments:What could be worse than having 350+ primary links on your home page?
Putting up a graphic of the president that covers up twenty of them!

Pay particular attention to the date of the Texas Schoolbook Depository photos: the one hundred eleventh month of 1963!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: As I’ve said recently, with the recent information leaked by Edward Snowden, it’s even more important than ever for conspiracy sites to not look like…well…not look like conspiracy theory websites. Why would anyone trust a website that looks like this one? Why would anyone trust a website made using Microsoft FrontPage?

BTW, the site is a disaster according to Google’s PageSpeed – only scoring 36 for mobile systems and 47 for the desktop. Is that good? No. It’s very bad.

Who Killed JFK?

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Navicon Transformicons – Probably An Example of Bad Web Design for November 18, 2013

November 17th, 2013 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) gone mad.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If any business or organization uses this technique on their website, you will be anointed The Daily Sucker. If the purpose is to teach something new about CSS and/or JavaScript, then the page is marginally OK. However, the comments give me the impression people think this is a good web design technique. It’s not.

If you’re going to teach web design techniques, teach good web design techniques.

Navicon Transformicons

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HollisWealth – An Example of Bad Web Design for November 14, 2013

November 13th, 2013 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) gone mad. Took me about 5 minutes to find where this newly named financial service is located. Turns out it is in Toronto. You would think that, with all their money, they could do better. Less Flash and more information please.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It seems like a bad idea for a financial company to use hidden navigation. I might ask myself, “What else are they hiding?” Probably nothing. Still, you don’t want any design element that gets in the way of the user. This gets in the way. What also gets in the way is all the cutesy HTML5+CSS3+JS crap. It’s not helping. In fact, it’s giving you insanely low scores on Google’s PageSpeed: 54 for mobile and 51 for desktop. Even this POS website scores 84 for mobile and 95 for desktop.

HollisWealth

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Why Japanese Web Design (Sucks) An Example of Bad Web Design for November 13, 2013

November 13th, 2013 1:01 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Well, they didn’t exactly say “suck.” They don’t have to.

Why Japanese Web Design Is So…Different

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