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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.

Not the Daily Sucker for May 21, 2009

May 21st, 2009 2:02 pm by Vincent Flanders

There’s a new, FREE stock photography site called PhotoXpress. Here’s an article about it.

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, You Should Read |

When the picture doesn’t match the text.

January 15th, 2009 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

text is wrongYahoo! makes this mistake all the time. The text states “Shirtless Obama causes stir,” but the picture is of a fully shirted Obama. (Here’s a full-size screen shot.)

It’s a subtle mistake, but you need to make sure your picture matches the text.

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design |

One big reason why Javascript sucks

December 16th, 2008 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

I know, I know I use Javascript. You have to if you want detailed analytics (or any kind of advanced features) but there are lots of reasons not to use JS. Almost every time there’s a security alert about an unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability — and there’s a big one out now (with a patch due Wednesday) — Microsoft suggests you turn Javascript off.

Here’s a screen shot and I’ve highlighted the applicable parts.

Microsoft isn’t the only browser that has ever had JS problems and it isn’t the only problem with JS. Until recently, JS has been a drag on web site performance. It’s still a drag unless you place your JS correctly on the page or delay its delivery.

Posted in Software, Usability, Web Design |

Testing 1-2-3

November 21st, 2008 12:12 pm by V. Flanders

I’m trying to see what it takes to get this blankety-blank plug-in  to work. Please drive through.


Posted in Daily Sucker, Web Design, Worst Web Sites |

Seth Godin is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant

October 13th, 2008 1:01 pm by Vincent Flanders

I’ve often said that if you have a web site and aren’t reading Seth Godin’s blog, you don’t really belong on the web. Seriously. The man is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The only thing that keeps him from ascending to the heaven’s is that stupid, unmarked home page bar across the top of his blog. On the other hand, I mentioned that he really should find a way to use the picture of his head and he came up with a, naturally, brilliant concept.

In today’s post, Mr. Godin sums up why you should care about bad web design.

Every time you visit a new website, enter a new airport, visit a new store, examine a new book… the question you ask first off is, “what’s this like?”

At a strange airport, if it’s ‘like’ your airport, you know just what to do. It’s easy. If it’s totally different, you have to stop, regroup, and start to understand what’s involved.

… Visit a website with a brown on brown color scheme, a stock photo of a nautilus, some flashing graphics, a bunch of widgets and a typeface that’s not quite right, and you’ve already decided how you feel. Entirely based on the fact that this site is like those sites, and you didn’t like those sites.

He gets it. You got it? Get reading his blog.

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design, You Should Read |

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