9 Badly Designed Websites To See What Not To Do As A Designer

Designing a website may be easy for some, but it’s a tough ask if you are rookie. On internet we always come across tons of websites which are pretty bad in shape, color and overall content.

Today we have gathered some of the most badly designed websites which can be avoidable while surfing. Some of these websites are worst in color schemes and others are having horrible typography.

Without wasting more time in criticizing lets see how they look and why are they that bad.

This flashing monstrosity can only be fully appreciated with a proper visit to the site.

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Again, another one you have to visit to believe. This site is meant to be a meditation website but after navigating some of the pages (Aloha is particularly bad) viewers are more likely to experience a sore head rather than relaxation. Crank up the volume to maximise headache potential.

Badly Designed Websites

Yet more on-screen movement but this time an avalanche of white dots. Most of the links don’t work either making us wonder if anyone has ever genuinely booked a ski rental in Utah.

Badly Designed Websites

Now to the sites where more is less. This site is an icon-hater’s worst nightmare. There are so many icons with unknown link destinations that it takes a while to work out what the site is about, let alone use it as an information source.

Badly Designed Websites

This site is all about style and looking good which makes the choice of website design all the more confusing.

Badly Designed Websites


This site has all the qualities of a bad site. Movement that makes the eyes hurt, random words and being generally odd.

Badly Designed Websites

Moving even more into the bizarre is Kats. A site where “Kats” dance and then multiply for no particular reason.

Badly Designed Websites

However, there is no site odder than Time Cube, where “Dr” Gene Ray argues that everything is a cube. The earth is a cube, time is a cube, people are a cube…

Badly Designed Websites

While strictly not that bad a website itself, Wonder Tonic allows you to turn any site into a bad one complete with flashing icons, clashing colours and dancing babies.

Badly Designed Websites


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  • HD Guy

    These sitews are awful. My God I can’t believe these still exist, it’s like finding a unicorn, but much much worse

  • Mary

    Oh I beg to differ. Kats is now my homepage.

  • LOL… let’s not ignore the fact the most of the CONTENT on these sites can be seen scribbled on the walls of a dive bar.

  • Why even bother publishing something like this? “To See What Not To Do As A Designer”?

    What “Designer” is actually going to design something like this, and how is a crappy top 10 listing of these ridiculous sites going to help us “See What Not To Do”?

    Stop wasting our time.

  • FuNx

    I question why the “Kats” page is featured here. It’s just a web toy called UglyDance and was made to help promote a band, not to actually display anything informative.

  • Jay

    I gotta tell you – that Kats site is curiously addicting. I actually kind of like it.

  • schip666

    Kats Rooles Dude!

    This must be what the web looks like to everyone else…

  • Matt

    Seriously? You’re using these sites as examples? Gimme a fckn break. Provide examples that designers can actually learn from.

  • Common guys?! You have no sense of humor!

    If you want to have real example of what not to do you can go to Smashing Magazine, Web Designer Depot, Freelance Switch… There’s plenty of site with this type of blog posts.

    Hehe… I think I’ll bookmark this page and show it to some of my clients who wants with big promotions, big titles, bigger logos, etc.

  • Oh my God! Theses sites are a disgrace to Web!

  • Bittu

    I think they are all in Stress and they are powerless over themselves. Just Kidding!

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  • Some of these sites are gross and can cause head ache or eye irritation. I tend to agree with some of the commenters that Kats is not exactly bad.

    The basic idea around site design should be how easily the targeted users (not general public) can use it. If the end users have no problem, others needn’t worry. That’s why end user testing is so important

  • I like you post and your blog, thanks for sharing with us your point of view.

  • Haha very funny! So inspirational! 😉

  • “A web page is just like the clothes you wear, the design of your web page says something about you.Whether it’s a personal page or a business page, you certainly present your information such a manner that it provides your visitors with a pleasant experience”
    The above web pages makes irritation to eyes.

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  • Eve

    The list of bad designs can be very long:))) But more important is if these sites are popular? If they are, then they have their target audience, so this design works:))

  • Shiva

    I stayed at the dancing cats just a little longer than I should have lol

  • I think this will be very useful for newbie web designs, it is a nice share.

  • matt

    i ALSO beg to differ. catz is my starter page.

  • I have to say that both savethewords and havenworks are epic. You should check the page rank of the havenworks it’s PR5! I disagree with the KATS, it’s really fun and my kid loves it. LOL

  • HardCode

    I’d just like to say that if I ever wanted to do something like this (Which I never will), I would make sure my site was up to scratch. Although at first glance this site seems to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the functionality and navigation is from great, there is no real structure in this site at all. There is no home page link, each page opens in a new tag. The main links in the top navigation bar (even on a 19 inch screen) are still wrapped round. Come on guys some of you are supposed to be professionals in your trade, yet you still make school boy errors. Don’t put down the people who only do this as a hobby and get it wrong, when you studied it and still get it wrong.