Welcome to my diatribe on bad Web design! I just need to get something off my chest…
There is a habit, and perhaps an urge, among web designers to produce websites which are actually awkward to use, due to simple mistakes or assumptions that the designers have inadvertently made, or because they have relied too heavily on design tools that make those assumptions – one party or the other has mistaken web design for desktop publishing (DTP), most likely. Most web surfers might not notice these problems, finding the pages just fine to use, because they are in a majority that browse in a certain way – but there are other ways which are equally legitimate and deserving of usability.
This site is a plea to website designers to place usability of their sites way above aesthetics, to counter the growing insane trend which seems to aim to ditch the best and main features of the World-Wide Web.
While there are other websites about the distinction between good and bad web design, many of these are prepared to let certain faults go, as if they were minor compared to the benefits, disregarding the problems experienced by the legitimate minority. The designs of some such sites even suffer from those bad habits.
Exploiting the Web — Why should the Web be used? What makes it worthwhile?
Advice to designers — General principles to be followed, to avoid making the Web go wrong
Advice to implementors — The way I'd like the Web to go
Complaints — Things to be avoided, and what to do about them
Casebook — Some sites to laugh at, or cry over
Advice to websurfers — A few tricks the visitor can do to get round designers' faults