You know the feeling. It’s the “aaargh!” annoyance of a poorly designed website.

Poorly contrasted text and stretched images are my kryptonite. Or a website could look really slick but there’s just that one thing that gets yer goat, like a misleading advert in a big green box hogging the limelight from the legitimage download button you’re actually looking for.

Ugh.

The truth is you can create a website that seems to technically tick all the boxes (like these 45 things to sort before hitting the ‘go live’ button) but still irks users and leaves them frustrated. It’s a waste of their time and your money.

The art of getting this stuff right is called UX design, which stands for User Experience design. It’s all about making a visitor’s experience with a website or application as simple and fuss-free as possible, hopefully adding a touch of delight along the way too.

I know what annoys me about some websites but I thought it would be interesting to open it up a little. This wasn’t just a cathartic exercise, it’s really helpful to understand (and inform others about) good and bad design practices.

Drumroll please…

Worst Mistakes in Web Design

Pie chart

If you’d like to have your say here’s the original survey where you can let me know your top bugbear:

Feel free to leave a comment below if you’d add anything else to the list.

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