It’s out! The “Worst Websites of 2008” list. This is a great tool for clients and those wanting a new website and a redesign of their old. It is a great way of showing what not to do in web design and development.
One award that I’d like to mention is the “Mystery Meat” and “Metaphor Navigation.” Those titles refer to websites that insist on assuming we all know what the web designer was thinking when he/she designed it. We are supposed to know that the sign for “Back up the lift” is a metaphor for “go back to the home page.”
I urge all not to use this technique for navigation. It will ensure that users will hit the back button as quickly as you can say, “Huh?”