Web Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly


My last two posts have elicited some strong reactions from some (hey, distressed, what the heck are ra-ra skirts?), so I decided to end this week with a comment about Web design, or rather what constitutes a good Web design and what constitutes a bad Web design.  There are a ton of resources out there, like Jakob Neilson's useit.com, that tell people what to and what not to do.  Some of these guidelines are based on what one person likes or dislikes, others are based on accessibility and usability standards, but I recently found one site that I thought hit the nail on the head WRT Web design.  It's called webpagesthatsuck.com. Check out the Daily Sucker.

Learning Web design by looking at Web sites that suck is an interesting concept.  We usually learn by looking at something that is done right or well, but the author of this site has a point.  You can learn a lot about what not to do by looking at sites that do what not to do really well.  A quick glance through search results usually reveals more than a few poorly designed sites.Do you know of a really good really bad site?  Tell us about it and why you think it's poorly designed.

(Oh, and I've seen more than a few Web design firms and self-acclaimed Web design experts with poorly designed sites, so don't be intimidated just because someone says they can do it.)

Comments (2)
  1. > Learning Web design by looking at Web sites

    > that suck is an interesting concept.

    But not a new concept. I think one of the best ways of turning average programmers into better programmers is to show them bad code and highlight to them why it is bad. http://mindprod.com/unmainobfuscation.html is a good example of this being done in a humorous way.

    As for webpagesthatsuck.com, I don’t think Vincent Flanders’ design work is anything to be particularly proud of. His work is nowhere near as bad as the stuff he links to, but I would suggest that he may have a case of "pot calling kettle black" syndrome.

    Alex (a programmer who KNOWS he can’t design stuff)

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