What is it that makes a truly terrible website stand out from the hideous crowd? No doubt, it’s comedy. While the web is awash with .gif overloaded, background-repeating rainbow puking pages, there are a few chosen sites that so blatantly miss the mark for intended use they are comedy gold. With all the bad weather we thought we could do with a little cheering up in the Fiasco office. So without further ado, here are a few of our favourite love-to-hate-em websites.
Havenworks has received numerous accolades relating to what I can only call it’s inhumanity. I can only assume that Clark Kent had a hand in the creation of this work. A website that utilises the old-school table layouts to turn this enormous feast of content into a pile of soup. What’s that I taste? Everything. Ever. At the same time.
What is truly impressive about this site is the sheer amount of information that is somehow still incomprehensible / unreadable. Maintained with care, it is clear that GeorgeHutchins.com is up to date with current politics, but impressively remains in a 90s web-bubble, featuring a staggering 13 broken plugins on the homepage alone. This sub-page has the feeling of a wave of inverted internet memes, dedicated to recycling old tat into new conspiracy theories.
Accept Jesus Forever Forgiven
When a site features a “best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer” badge, it’s probably best not viewed at all. It’s the little touches that make this site truly special, like the gif leopard running opposite to the direction of the background, and the alarming juxtaposition of scripture with. . .well . . .all things bright and beautiful. Jesus Christ indeed!
Notice the closeness to the target that this site attains, before it sneezes and shoots a friend. The focus is clearly on the poetry – we need to read the words! But then we need to have a patterned background that swirls the letters into a mess. We need to have a simple smart header area, but then we need to make the links stand out against the swirls of wisdom. And we need to have a big header, but it also should obscure the links and be made of mercury thrown up by a pixie. Finally, we need access to the navigation from the bottom. A “Scroll to the top!” button. So near, yet so far.
Finally, the thing that is clearest about this site is that it’s obviously about something. I’m not quite sure what just yet. I mean, i’m a fan of gifs, but the plural of gif is definitely gaf.
Now you may go wash your eyes out. Find any sites that are better at being worse? We’d love to hear from you, on here or on twitter.