What constitutes bad design?

Some of the most common issues with difficult-to-use sites are:

  • Poor legibility: a wide range of fonts and clashing colors can make a site hard to read, especially when it features lengthy posts
  • Confusing navigation: if a user can’t figure out how to find what they’re looking for on your site, or can’t tell where a link will take them (MMN), they’re not likely to stick around for long.
  • Slow performance: if you’re using a lot of scripts, images and animations, your site will take a while to load and bog down your users’ devices.


Mystery meat navigation (also known as MMN) is a disparaging term coined in 1998 by Vincent Flanders, author and designer of the website Web Pages That Suck, to describe a web page where the destination of the link is not visible until the user points their cursor at it. Such interfaces lack a user-centered design, emphasizing aesthetic appearance, white space, and the concealment of relevant information over basic practicality and functionality.