Dear Web Designers… JUST STOP

I’ve been using the internet for a long time now, in-fact, since I was still in high school to be exact. I’ve been fortunate to grow up in the era, where we’ve transitioned from all analogue, to nearly all digital in so many areas of life.

This leads me to my point. Websites, while always being digital, have progressed over time. We hand coded websites in notepad in Windows95 computers, used Netscape to look at them, and then moved on to other trends, such as WYSIWYG editors (What you see is what you get – for the millennials).

One of the most annoying features of the internet right now are the landing pages. I’m not talking about the whole thing of people trying to fix everything on the main opening page without having to scroll… we naturally scroll down – so really, that’s a topic for another day.

What I’m talking about are pop-up boxes saying “Enter your email address for tips” or for our newsletter, or for offers, or whatever junk they are advertising. Even more recently, I’ve seen sites with a ‘pay wall’ scenario, where you have to use for Facebook account to login – just to see a stupid cat video… but I digress…

Here are a bunch of screen shots I’ve taken of sites that violate this popup rule. It drives me crazy. I’m never going to sign up for your stupid newsletter, so why force this message on me?! Don’t get me started about mobile popups either… Managers, take note! The consumer doesn’t want to sign up to your newsletter – it just wastes everyone’s time. Add a link somewhere on the page instead nicely asking. It’s like Microsoft and their stupid Windows10 pushy and forceful upgrade dialogue box – and no, I still won’t upgrade either.

Here’s some examples of what I’m talking about.

Screenshot 2015-01-23 10.41.01Screenshot 2015-01-23 22.27.48Screenshot 2015-01-24 17.52.29Screenshot 2015-01-23 19.15.02Screenshot 2015-01-23 10.41.14Screenshot 2015-03-13 00.07.51Screenshot 2015-03-07 00.07.39Screenshot 2015-02-25 18.37.11Screenshot 2015-02-04 15.25.36Screenshot 2015-03-13 10.04.48Screenshot 2015-01-31 15.06.22Screenshot 2015-01-27 15.15.21

All I can say is I hope this trend is only a trend, and that it stops really soon. You’re killing the web.



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