Some three years after the release of the popular “The Biggest Web Design Mistakes of 2004” comes an update on Vincent Flanders’ Web Pages That Suck site. But just to make sure it doesn’t get dated again, they’ve thrown the date a head a bit with “The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995 – 2015,” stating that “Yes it is a little facetious to say these mistakes will be made in the year 2015, but it’s human nature to repeat your mistakes over and over.” It’s a great read, with some good laughs and good links along with cold hard statements. Number three in particular might rub some people the wrong way:
3. Mystical belief in the power of Web Standards, Usability, and tableless CSS.
There is nothing wrong with Web Standards, Usability, and tableless CSS except they’re being touted by…guess who?…people who offer web design services specializing in…guess what?…Web Standards, Usability, and tableless CSS.
These are simply tools. Remember, nobody gets excited about the tools used to build a house (“Please tell me what brand of hammers you used!”). People get excited about how the house looks and performs.