Every once in a while we sign on to help a company build a web site and halfway through the project we realize the client wants to play art director. Sometimes this is a great experience and the client helps us realize a design potential we hadn’t considered. Other times, as was the case last year, the client can have a surprisingly bad sense of design.
But have you ever worked with a client that had a design sense so bad it amazed you? So bad that even if you tried really hard with tools like MS Paint you probably couldn’t make it uglier than what the client made?
That happened to us last year, and we played along… for six months! (We won’t be linking to the site here on BrainFuel by the way)
As an inside joke I created an award for Ugliest Site of the Year 2005 and Best Code of the Year 2005. Essentially it makes fun at our attempt to create a wonderfully built site despite a horrible design. The site is clean on the inside having been built to be standards compliant. Even if the client doesn’t understand CSS layouts and edits the site with FrontPage after we’re through, we still did our best. Here’s to winning less awards like this.
They also forgot to pay their bill, too, so I guess bad business goes with bad design.