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How a guide on ‘how to make the worst website’, can help to improve your web design?

Alex Christie

10 September 2008

There are plenty of sites on the ‘interweb’ (James May – BBC’s Top Gear), that tell you about the ‘do’s and don’ts of good web design. Therefore I thought it quite amusing, when I came across a site which does the complete opposite, and gives you ‘the must have’s’ to building the worst website ever.

Here at Tamar we obviously practice good web design and adhere to standards for our web design and build, so why am I discussing a web article that discusses ways on how to make the worst website ever? Well, by focusing entirely on the bad, far more knowledge can be derived about what you should be doing to produce a good piece of web design. Apart from providing a valuable source for good web design practices in a somewhat different manner, it is actually quite an entertaining article to read.

One example is the author of the article writes: ‘use as many random colors as you can. It doesn’t matter if they look good together or not, just make a rainbow. Eat some skittles for inspiration.’ He also writes: ‘Make text small so I can’t read it. It’s not like I went to your website to read anything. Force me to get as close to the screen as possible.’

Remember that the author has written this article to emphasise what you shouldn’t be doing, hence the comedic undertones. That is unless you trully are trying to go for the Guiness World Record, for the worst website ever!

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