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What are some things that annoy you in modern website design and UX?

3 years ago by 90boss with 11 comments

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  • drunkenninja
    +13

    - Automatically playing videos, music.
    - Flash (this is pretty much dead now though)
    - Too much spacing / white space
    - HUGE fonts, I'm not blind!!!

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  • garrett
    +10

    Icons and buttons instead of menus - I get it, okay? I'm sure a million focus groups on retarded monkeys have conclusively shown that we are just meat with eyes and don't like reading actual words, but sweet lord above it is so damn obtuse. Usually it isn't a big deal, I know what a magnifying glass represents, or a house icon, but sometimes it's like I'm trying to read hieroglyphics. Snapchat is the worst offender I've seen so far. A circle with three smaller circles arranged in a triangle inside it? A rectangle with arrows for edges and a smiley face inside? Are you fucking kidding me? What UX asshole comes up with this, the zodiac killer?

    It gets worse with touchscreen apps, because the focus is on being minimalist to the extreme. What will happen when I touch this button? No way to find out until I touch it. Oh you touched too long? That does something else. Woops a daisy, you moved your finger two microns to the left while touching, that counts as a swipe, now you're somewhere else. The cutesy but confusing model makes me feel like I'm trying to decipher the anyikythera mechanism for kindergartners.

  • SuperCyan
    +8

    The need to change designs every 6 months to a year.

    I hate it when random things get moved on a website for no reason. Youtube was the worst offender for a while. Every now and then, a bunch of stuff got moved around and changed, so you'd have to re-figure out how to do everything again. Also, some sites love to take buttons and shove them in menus, so you get to a page and think you're going insane, because you can't find the button you clicked on 1000 times.

  • Gozzin (edited 3 years ago)
    +7

    Overlays that makes it impossible to read the web page I arrived at & read thus: "Sign up for our newsletter.", or "Like us on Facebook!"..Or, a big sign that says:"Cause you landed on our page you agree to whatever we want." Uh, no. Part of Facebook (I'm not a member) blocked off by an overlay that says:"Sign up or sign in." Nope there too. Or "Turn off your adblocker!" Yeah,like that's going to happen.

    I either block the elements using Ublock, or pop open my Firefox reader,which bypasses the annoyance. I have Firefox set up to block third party stuff and as i said, I use Ublock origin. so I don't have to be so annoyed I simply can't stay on the page I wanted to read...And black themes....Yeah,I hate black themes.

    • SuperCyan
      +5

      I usually can't be bothered to figure out how to get around most of those banners. If there's no obvious "x" button, I just leave the page.

      • drunkenninja
        +6

        It's actually really easy. On Chrome you just use inspect, and mouse over the html of the popover. Deleting that HTML will remove the popover and leave the rest of the page intact.

  • hereorthere
    +6

    I came here to make a comment but everything I hate about modern website design and UX has been stated by those of you who already commented.

  • NinjaKlaus
    +5

    This material/flat design bullshit, I hate the way things look now.

    • Gozzin
      +4

      Oh me too! And some of the Linux distros are also adopting the 1990's flat theme. Just because Microsoft dives into the ugly flat theme,do you have to as well? Websites and operating systems do not look nice with flat themes.