Digital Logic

Grinding My Gears: Bad Site Layouts

by on Jun.04, 2009, under Web Design

In my daily life I come across hundreds of websites. Most of them are pretty good. Some of them are not. So, as a new “whenever I feel like it” kind of a section, I’m going to throw in some sites that could use fixes. First up, Ctrl+Alt+Delete Comics. Now I know a while back that this particular web comic was tossed aside (something about having too much emotion and too little humor), but I’ve kind of stuck with it. I’ve also noticed that the site could use a new design, or at least some effort to fix the old one. Let’s take a look.

Internet Explorer 8

Mozilla Firefox 3

Mozilla Firefox 3 with AdBlock Plus

Wait a second, what is that? Your header bar seems to have become misaligned, making it painfully obvious that it is in fact, three different sections. What I don’t understand is the fact that the rest of the header was moved up when the image was removed. Oh wait, now I see it. The designer of the CAD comics website seems to have used tables and spacer gifs for the header (and, in fact, most of the page). Now, while this might have been an acceptable way to create web layouts in the 1990′s, it has now been more than a decade since CSS was introduced. The page hasn’t changed much since November of 2005. It’s time for an update, and the new layout should display correctly regardless of what is on the page.

And that’s what really grinds my gears.

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