On June 9th, 2009 wrote on the subject of Design.

Website FAIL – 30 Web Designs That Will Hurt Your Eyes

Decent web design doesn’t cost too much these days. With the advent of WordPress and a plethora of free web templates it’s not that difficult to knock together a site that most web designers would be happy to call their own. For some reason there are those that strive to be different, difficult, or deluded.

Here are 30 of the worst sites bandwidth can buy.

Warning, be prepared to regret clicking this link! Seriously, epileptics beware! I’m not quite sure what was going though their minds when they thought this was a good idea.


I’m actually a fan of MIA, but this site seems to have been designed by the same guy as the site above, though possibly while drunk, asleep, or both.


Evangel Cathedral is a church site that is in dire need of ADD medication – this site is buzzing, literally.


You may need to take motion sickness medication to view the next site. I kept asking myself “Is THIS what Jesus would do?”


This site is actually amazing, there are no other words for it. Why procrastinate over going for a two or three column layout when you can go for five. It’s okay though we’ll make things simply by having 9 forms of navigation.


Sometimes I wonder if people are even looking at what they publish online?


Bad site, but great product! Inflatable churches, shame it’s a whole six months to my next birthday.


You’re looking forward to your big day as a bride. Who do you choose to take care of the outfits for your big day? The site that looks like it was designed by borderline crazy person of course. Missing plugins? I must be missing the one that makes this site readable.


Bright colours hurt the eyes, and godawful design that scares small children. I had to highlight the text just to read it. Under construction apparently, maybe the best option would be to knock it down and start again. If I were a part of Princeton Consultants, I think I’d consider litigation.


Broken links, and I’m not even sure what that is in the background. This site does partially redeem itself however by allowing the viewer to chose music, or not. Not I think.


Lets see how many tables we can fit on a page. Oh look, that many.


Perhaps not as offensive as the previous sites, this site definitely has been beaten with the ugly stick. I can’t believe they have the nerve to offer free backgrounds. That’s like Gordon Brown offering free PR advice.


A big fat obnoxious site, with a monotonic robot voice. This page must have been designed by a former, disgruntled employee. Scrolling, flashing text and graphics actually made me have to take a break from researching this post.


If the appearance of this site means all officers are on the street protecting the citizens of West Virginia, rather than taking web design lessons, then it has my blessing.


Never let so called ‘web conversion experts’ tell you that you shouldn’t put all of your products on one page. Why bother with layout, or indeed logic.


Possibly not the worst site on the list, but hell, these guys are supposed to repair computers, not infect them with awful designs.


This eyesore of a site at least has a nice dog picture- dogs win, web design loses.


Jackson of Piccadilly does not fit in the ugly, flashy, boring or eye-popping categories. In fact, it is rather pretty. It has a lovely face, but no substance. Navigating this site made me want to reach for a coffee. I don’t even like coffee.


As well as the wacky misspelling of the word “wizard” in the site’s name, this is a pretty gruesome site! Not the sort of design that would convince me that they’re the best people to stick a needle in my arm.


This guy actually does web design. In that case I’m a brain surgeon.


Does anyone have any idea what this site is even about? I really am at a loss.


Someone thought that using a colour scheme based on a wounded zebra would be attractive.


Maybe not typical of German efficiency and ingenuity, unless you count efficient as putting as many elements on the page as possible. Actually, maybe those crazy Germans have stumbled on something…….


A site of very few words. I guess they’re letting the pictures speak for themselves. I’m not sure why, but I feel a bit uncomfortable looking at this site. Maybe it’s becacuse I feel like I’m about to get run-over by those trucks.


Yes, more frames, tables, bright colours, marquees, and flashing graphics – you’re spoiling us!


This is actually Aaron Wall’s first site. I guess we all started off like this, myself included, mine just isn’t online anymore :)


The sparse wasteland of this site is perhaps only rivalled by the grusome design of their building, which they seem to be very proud of for some reason.


Does this chiropractic site instill trust? I think a good rule to live by is if someone can’t sort out text justification then you probably shouldn’t let them play with your spine.


With thanks to…..

Good Web Practices

72 comments on Website FAIL – 30 Web Designs That Will Hurt Your Eyes

  1. Team Nirvana says:

    So true to your words. The sites are truly a pathetic experience to watch.

    But, when observed the theme of the websites are quite reflecting on the designs which makes them more adept to the end users who wish to have a look at it.

    Nice composition.

  2. antje wilsch says:

    hahahaa…. oh my gosh thanks for the LOLz… had to SU and digg this… too funny

    sometimes i wonder if there is a template for bad design out there!

  3. Adam G. says:

    Pretty bad. I always thought this Brazilian site in U.S. was bad: http://www.verdeamarelo.net/default1.asp , but now that I’ve seen your list, they look fantastic by comparison.

    My main gripe with most Brazilian sites is that they are VERY top-heavy with advertizing. Also, they often lack any kind of feed. The one I mentioned above offers links to news, but if you check the html you’ll see it’s just brought in from Google News. That’s at least something, I guess.

  4. Wyrd says:

    I love looking at horribly designed websites and cringing. I don’t know why. I also like MST3K. Connection? Yeah.

    Furry cows moo and decompress.

  5. Jake says:

    These are horrible, definitely something I try NOT to strive for when working with website clients! Awesome collection, keep it up!

  6. Az1 says:

    I feel like crying. I’m a web designer and those designs put me to tears…not for a good reason. I have another website for you to check out. Link below:


    • Cosmin says:

      I would give anything in the world to ban this site, delete it like it never existed. it’s a shame that this kind of things really exists out there.

  7. seizeseptember says:

    Quite funny. One point though, I don’t see a lot wrong with the jacksonsofpiccadilly.co.uk site, it’s in a whole different league than all the others. The only complaint you might have is that it’s not immediately obvious that you need to hover over certain flowers for the hyperlinks.

    Quite funny as well that THIS site has a black background and the ‘name’, ’email’ and ‘website’ labels for this comment section are in black text!! At least for me they are anyway…

    • swapnet says:

      that’s true. I think the website looked great…. but I was there, arms folded, waiting for the rest of the content to load. little did I know I was supposed to put my mouse over the flower to navigate.

      it certainly stands out, just that the navigation experiments doesn’t work at all.

  8. @pmross says:

    Yes! Got both of my suggestions listed, thanks for that Matt. That really is quite an awful collection of websites :D

  9. swapnet says:

    OMG. I love this list!!

  10. Matt says:

    I’m surprised http://www.lingscars.com/ didn’t make it, as seen on Dragon’s Den, perhaps where it should have stayed?

  11. Nice list, made me think back to my first website:

  12. You can just look at the webking’s sites. They’re all terrible. He actually designed a website for a Star Trek character. (http://www.robertpicardo.com/)
    I figured he’d step it up, but no.

    Thanks for the laughs, and weird splotches in my eyes from the weird contrasts!

  13. Aneslin says:

    lolzzz great collection

  14. Aiiie… Hurt my eyes,, your so true !

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  16. Maddurch says:

    The http://www.ingenfeld.de/ website has so many elements on purpose.
    It’s a benchmark.
    On the bottom it shows you something like “4 ms”.

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  27. Felix says:

    LOL! This list makes me feel good because at least I felt that I am not the worst designer ever. I am not on the list hehehe!

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    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

  30. Did anybody ever inform the author/web designers that is behind this web designs regarding this issue? They should get a real proper advice. :)

  31. Haha, I find it amusing that Paperrad is considered a web design failure. It’s merely a purposeful abstraction representing their artwork. They’ve hit a lot of “best-of” comic collections for their printed work, and did the video for Lightning Bolt’s 13 Monsters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ2ni-bYL_o also in the same style. These guys are hilarious.

  32. Mr.B says:

    if you want an example of a seriously terrible design … andyrutledge.com. grey-on-grey text, incredibly long pages, bright orange highlights for links, no images at all, no organisation…I’m shocked this guy is supposed to be a top designer.

  33. Leasebam says:

    The web is full of awful websites and I have to admit I have a few. But the ones where I get visitors I do give them so more thought. However until then, getting vistors and SEO is the most important thing. Just as there are lots of awful site, there are also some wonderful designed ones, that no one sees, because looks were put before visitors.

  34. Ouchies! They’re so unsightly it’s no longer funny.

  35. pamela dowie says:

    your collection and thoughts were superb! Some of them look like they were built in the mid 1990’s and others well er, not even built just thrown in to the browser. Very funny :D

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    Wow, they are impressively bad! What are these people thinking?!

  39. Tommy Basillica says:

    Here’s another classic – if you like animated gifs and horrible backgrounds – be sure to check this one out. It is for a charity, but I think they seriously need donations to employ a decent designer…


  40. Tommy Basillica says:

    Here is another lovely one – click on this link on your own risk…

  41. ShadowKissed says:

    aww you missed Ling’s Cars! http://www.lingscars.com Badly designed. So badly designed that it is part of a year 10’s assignment to redesign it. And believe it or not, the grade 10s did it better.

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  43. Tornado says:

    LOL.. I have designed similar sites a decade ago.
    People use to like it then.. they wanted something jumping moving and with lot loads of colors.

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    Do these websites appears in 3D? Cause i have hurt my eyes by watching this “poking in the eye” sites.

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    Being in a class of nothing but pure web designing, this site is the greatest one to learn from.

    As an intermediate designer, thank you very much for showing how stupid some people really are. (No sarcasim behind that either!)

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    The only thing these websites need is a website evaluation , to show in simple terms, their current form and function. Its amazing what a good redesign and some optimization can do for a company.

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  53. Website Design Tenerife says:

    More business foe the rest of I think.

    I’ve had a fair few customers in my time that have come over from some teenager working from his bedroom and created a truly awful design.

    Bottom line: If they’re serious about running their business then maybe they’ll find a real web designer.

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    …..these websites are so bad they don’t deserve a comment, but good job

  60. bob says:

    these websites are so crap and I think that the people who made them should do the ice bucket challenge :(

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