Ken Kratz is not a Web or UX Designer.
I get that.
But he is a lawyer. He should have at least:
- A little bit of money
- Some common sense
- Decent logical reasoning skills
His website puts up a strong argument against all three of the previous counts.
If Ken Kratz had a child build his website without his awareness and did not make changes at the fear of hurting their feelings, then that would be a permissible excuse.
Otherwise, Ken Kratz’s website looks like he went on Fiverr, filtered for the worst rated Web Designer he could find, and then haggled until he got 50% off.
#1 Worst Personal Photo. Ever.
Being a lawyer could be the absolute least acceptable profession to go for a “casual appearance”.
Yet here we have it.
Ken Kratz’s main personal photo is a selfie of himself wearing a t-shirt.
He also did not have the technical wizardry to make his image slightly less wide in order to cut out the randomly floating towel(?) on the right.
#2 What is that logo?
Ok… so we have a rectangle, and inside that we have a slightly smaller rectangle, and then at the top of that we have a break in the middle, where we insert two more rectangles with a thin line in between.
Ken Kratz either gave that description to someone or someone made that for him and he responded with, “Yeah, I like that. Let’s go with that one.”
#3 Water Color Painting Background
Designer: “Hey Ken, what kind of background do you want for your webpage?”
Ken: “Oh I don’t know. I want it to be personal. I want it to represent me… Why don’t we go with something like an aqua greenish water color painting?”
Designer: “Ugh… sure”
#4 Strangely Random Font Selection
There is a green box with a red border on the landing page with Ken’s contact info.
Within this box, Ken manages to use a combination of 7 different font sizes, thickness, and colors.
This does not happen by accident.
This was a decision somebody actually made.
#5 Alignment? Screw Alignment!
#6 Link or Not a Link? Let’s make them Guess!
#7 Random and Repetitive Buttons
Ken: “Let’s have 5 different buttons from 5 different publications, all discussing the things they forgot to tell the Netflix viewers.”
Ken: “And when I say different, I mean they should all be in different fonts, have random colored background, and some of them should have sharp corners while others have slightly rounded corners.”
You may try and give Ken Kratz the benefit of the doubt that this website was built 30 years ago.
The recently aired Netflix “Making a Murderer” show references provide evidence of the contrary.
This website was updated recently.
Sean is a product designer based in San Francisco. He grew up in NY, went to the University of Michigan, then decided he didn’t like the cold. His website is SeanYang.design.