Professional Websites That Are Visually Stunning But Lack Usability

While it has always been said that you cannot judge a book purely by its cover, such is certainly not only limited to the word of the trusty paperback. In a futile attempt to stand out from the crowd, more and more web designers these days are becoming so hell bent on making their sites aesthetic wonders to behold that they forget to actually take the end-user experience into account.

Of course, nobody ever said that balancing the two was easy, but if you’re going to tip the scales one way or the other, away from usability is really not the way to go under any circumstances. To bring the matter to life, the following are examples of sites that tick all the right boxes for the eye, but will likely have you leaving before spending any useful time in their confines.

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The first thing that hits you about this website is not the rather fetching visuals of the introduction, but the painfully slow progress bar beneath them that seems to hiccup around every 5% or so. Sure, the product might be great and the site rather pretty, but I challenge you to muster the patience to actually get into it in the first place.

Websites Lacking Usability

A good site to look at, but you have my assurance that even after a good look around, you still will not have the slightest clue what it is actually about. Sure there are pretty pictures, graphics and text, but all are a little redundant if you’ve no idea what they mean.

Websites Lacking Usability

An instant pet hate of mine…annoying music that begins as soon as the site appears. There really is no need, it never improves the experience and prompts immediate shutdowns if in a quiet environment. Furthermore, using an egg tree for navigation may be quaint, but as least inform users how to access the content.

Websites Lacking Usability

Hermes Travel

As far as I am concerned, any website that has to provide a detailed chart on how to navigate the content is barking up the wrong tree to say the least. Who exactly is going to waste their time taking lessons in pointless navigation for a single site when there are millions that follow the standard, accepted and foolproof norm? Very few people…that’s who!

Websites Lacking Usability

Brill Publications

A rather nifty site overall, apart from the fact that the patience required to actually get where you want to be is a little on the extensive side to say the least. Sure, the journey might include some pretty visuals along the way, but looking elsewhere to speed up the process is a far more attractive prospect indeed.

Websites Lacking Usability

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