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Web Design Fail – Mixed Messages

This entry was posted By Cubert on Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 8:14 pm and is filed under General Knowledge, Offbeat. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Browsing along the web, I’ve stumbled into one of the biggest web content fails I’ve ever seen.

However, looking at it from another perspective, it could be a very big win for the website owners.

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Maybe they won’t let you shop compulsively on the eCommerce portion of the site? Either way, this is definitely full of mixed messages.

These mistakes are really deadly for a professional(-wannabe) website.

Although there are plenty of mixed messages on this website, I think it could infact take a turn for the better in the respect that they are giving the user the option to shop so they can buy them out of stock so to speak, but also gives them the option to fight their addiction.

That being said the site seems to be going for a rather strange marketing method of which could completely backfire.

Haha! I guess if compulsive shoppers are visiting the site they’ll make plenty of cash ;) Full of mixed messages though!

I love mixed messages. Family Circle magazine is notorious with the headlines that read “lose weight” right next to pictures of cupcakes and other fattening food.

All of these mistakes could be negated if the links encouraging you to shop resulted in a rick rolling. This way the site would incorporate both positive and negative re-enforcement.

Let’s keep in mind that sometimes it is not the designers fault, the clients are communication challenged or something in most cases.

hahaha, I saw another example recently where a web-design site was giving advice on site design regarding not placing ads everywhere, and they completely contradicted themselves with their own site being covered in ads.

“How about you stop compulsive shopping by only shopping with us!”

To the knowledgeable and careful designer, these points are obvious. An assumption is… the casual consumer/browser/visitor, will not realize or care. It’s amazing… how many website-visitors do notice this.

Love it, does no-one proof read anymore?

it looks like a joke…

It’s a joke for sure…

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