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Fugly Friday: Untabbed is a horrid-looking search engine assistant

Fugly Friday is making a bit of a comeback! If you come across a worthy website, do drop us a tip. To start things off, let's look at Untabbed. The concept is nice since some users might not want to open a new tab for checking out Google search results. Those same users may also not be aware of the myriad of browser extensions that already let you do this, so why not make a website that serves...

Fugly Friday: iPhone-EZ Products

Today's sign that the Comic Sanspocalypse is nigh comes to you from iPhone app developer iPhone-EZ Products. The dreaded typeface, loathed by designers and comics fans alike, is splashed liberally all over the IPhone-EZ, and even in the company's app icons. Yes, that app logo really is a Comic Sans G on a pink background. Who cares if the app is any good when it's going to ugly up your home scree...

Fugly Friday: Carnage UK, best viewed when drunk -- blind drunk

It probably says an awful lot that after spending ten (10) minutes on Carnage UK's website... I still don't know what they do exactly. I think they arrange wet t-shirt contests or something -- binge-drinking, wet t-shirt events for students in the UK. Either way, their brutal, eye-gouging monstrosity is quite possibly the most garish and ugly site I've ever seen. I don't know if it's meant to ...

Fugly Friday : Aiseikai Hospital has no opthamologist on staff

With all the hullabaloo over medical reform in the U.S., you might wonder what health care looks like in other parts of the world. At this hospital in Japan, your care comes with a healthy side order of flashing, blinking Lucky Cats, and a prescription strength dose of animated gifs. Warning: If you're epileptic, we take no responsibility for what may happen if you click to view this Fugly F...

Fugly Friday: Geocities Memorial Edition

Before there was anything today's Internet users would think of as "web design," there was GeoCities. The homepage service that let absolutely anyone try his or her hand at putting something on the Internet is also one of the cradles of contemporary Web Fugly. In fact, Fugly Friday owes such a debt to the GeoCities aesthetic that this week's installment is going to take a trip down memory lane to...

Fugly Friday: Cybertown

Do you tire of your humdrum, meatspace world? Does Sony's PlayStation Home look too real? Are there too many flying penises in Second Life for your taste? Well, strap on your hippie goggles and head over to Cybertown, where VRML never really went out of style, it just got better textures. I remember stumbling into Cybertown around the turn of this century and being plenty impressed. Back then, b...

Fugly Friday : MSY Technology

Every week, I abuse myself for your amusement by seeking out yet another horribly constructed web site and poking fun at its awfulness. Doctors and Optometrists write in each week to warn of the damage I'm doing to myself. My shrink is buying a new beach house on the expected revenue to be generated by my nervous breakdown. But still -- glutton for punishment that I am -- I continue to seek the h...

Fugly Friday : Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

Oh Idaho. We love your delicious baking potatoes, the mouth feel we get when we say "Boise", and, uh, whatever the third thing to love about Idaho might be. In any event, that third thing to love about Idaho probably isn't quality web design. Poor layout, dancing graphics, overuse of capital letters; I've learned to forgive quite a bit. What bothers me most about Bannock County Bluegrass Festi...

Fugly Friday: Old school website atrocities from Microsoft

Back when I graduated high school, most websites hadn't begun thinking about design terms like glossy, grungy, or even "not a complete trainwreck." Heck, plenty of them didn't give aesthetics a second thought. Or a first one, for that matter. It's no secret that Microsoft has some skeletons in their design closet. Hot Dog Stand will haunt them until the end of time. Less talked about are the ear...

Fugly Friday : Yvette's Bridal

My optometrist was insistent that I not remove the bandages for another 24 hours. He also said I might have done less damage to myself if, instead of searching for today's Fugly Friday, I'd tried something safer like scouring my own eyes with a gentle bath of rock salt. He also said something about a fork. As I laughed, encased in my world of darkness and unable to see his face, a chill came over ...

Fugly Friday: Tiny Designer

Web 2.0 style is its own special brand of Fugly. Hundreds of sites capitalize on the volcanically-hot design trends that signal a Web 2.0 property, but botch the job and end up looking like they were made with cookie cutters in 2007. But now, botching the job can be even easier, with Tiny Designer! You can create your own hideous Web 2.0 elements in seconds, including plenty of gradients, that ub...

Fugly Friday - Twitter design disasters

Nowadays, what with the internet and all, you can pretty much pick up "good" (read: adequate) design for free and all over the place. There are templates for EZ, no-bake websites to beat the band. But Twitter's oddball format doesn't lend itself to much more than a blurb in terms of customization. That doesn't mean people won't maximize that space. There are also folks butchering the design, but m...

Fugly Friday - The Most Amazing Website on The Internet

Sometimes you're presented with something so illustrative of a concept that it stands completely on its own. For example, if I wanted to present the concept of bad music to someone, I could simply mail them a copy of Miley Cyrus' latest album. Without presenting any supporting evidence or explanation, the message would be universally received. The Most Amazing Website On The Internet is much the...

Fugly Friday - Welkom to the Willy's en Marjetten nightmare

You know, the reason we do these is in part to educate, in part to entertain, and in no small part because we just find the weirdest stuff on the web and must share it. Like the old Ellen Degeneres joke, "here, this tastes awful, try some!" With that in mind, take a moment to view Welkom op de site van Willy's & Marjetten. Yes, fugly comes in many flavors and languages. In this case, it's Fl...

Fugly Friday - The Solutions Network

I didn't think it was possible to fall out of the ugly tree and actually hit every branch on the way down. I thought that was just a figure of speech. One of those idiomatic expressions we use to describe something without really describing it. The Solutions Network proved I have a thing or two to learn about metaphors. Imagine a site so jumbled with affiliate links, so riddled with primary col...