In previous blogs, we’ve shared some of the worst websites we’ve come across, and well every year somehow more sites are created with poor designs. But there’s so much we can learn from these poorly designed sites. We pick out a few, can you think of other no-no’s as pointed out by these examples? Share with us in the comments below.
Stuck in the past (and not in a good way)
Remember back in the 90s when websites were more of a novelty? They didn’t really serve much purpose and most of them, sorry to say, were pretty ugly. Common design features were primary colours, flashing letters, distracting moving marquees and letters, weird font and sizes, poor quality pictures and no clear vision of what they’re actually talking about. Take these as proving our case in point:
So we’re not exactly sure what this site does or whether it qualifies as business website, but it pretty much exemplifies everything we mentioned in the ‘stuck in the past’ intro. The creator does seem like they made this site as a class project while learning, it’s a good example of what not to do.
If you can get past the crazy colours, do you really know who Penny Juice in the end? This site breaks a few basic web design principles today with a hard to understand navigation, misuse/overuse of colour, pleasing to the eye? (we’ll leave that up to you) and the design elements get in the way of the content.
Content and info can easily get lost in an overly cluttered design. Here’s an example:
We’re not quite sure what this site was made for. But it does point out that sites made completely in flash are very hard to navigate.
There are surely a lot more sites with a few (if not a lot of) mistakes that we can learn from, mainly:
- Pages that have too much going on can cause people to immediately click away
- Moving images are very distracting
- Backgrounds shouldn’t take away from the message of the site or page
- Sites shouldn’t require you to install a bunch of plug-ins to work properly.
- Having style does matter, not just the content. You need to have a design that complements your content.
- A website is a representation of you and/or your business - does yours match?