In Redish’s article, “Writing Web Content that Works,” she discusses the elements of web design that must be taken into consideration when creating a website that will best cater to visitors.
Because you can usually learn a great deal through merely observing what not to do (and because I just wanted to look at some awful websites), I decided to research some of the worst web designs in Internet history, and I definitely struck gold (a golden Jesus that is).
The Afterlife, deemed by most as the worst website ever created, was definitely a site to behold (no more puns – I promise). In regards to the website, The Daily Sucker, which features examples of bad web design, said, “I don’t know what to say about this god-awful abomination of a website. It has ungodly amounts of animated gifs, it disables user scrolling and continuously scrolls upwards, has an excess of excess of angels, there’s a golden Jesus thing, and more.” It seems the site has no true purpose except perhaps to induce seizures in unsuspecting epileptics.
At least it has a fitting name.
The Afterlife breaks pretty much all the fundamental rules of good web design, incorporating flashing animated GIFs (and an abundance at that), music that cannot be disabled (a song choice that brings me back to some rather unfortunate middle school sock hops), and absolutely nothing else and truly serves as a textbook example of everything one should avoid when designing a website.