April Fool's Day

Written by Adrian Holovaty on April 1, 2003

I'd planned a one-day redesign of this site, complete with flashing banner ads, a registration screen and pop-ups. Alas, it didn't happen, and for another year I'll have to rest on the laurels of my April 1, 2001, attempt at designing the ugliest Web site ever, put together in my days at The Maneater -- which has a rich history of April Fool's editions.


Posted by BenM on April 2, 2003, at 11:12 a.m.:

My favorite (Web) April Fools of all time was the Open Directory projects "Microsoft Directory Project" joke. I've got a screenshot of it as well it was that memorable.

Posted by Dan on April 2, 2003, at 9:21 p.m.:

Oddly enough, I still get resumes from self proclaimed "Web Designers" that have experience on their resume that looks very similar to your joke.

Posted by Ian Lloyd on April 4, 2003, at 10:38 a.m.:

Not actually an April Fool joke (as far as I know), but this is classic: http://www.geocities.com/webtekrocks/

Trust me, you *do* want to follow the liks to get the full value of this site's insight and all-round genius.

Posted by Jay Small on April 5, 2003, at 8:15 p.m.:

Just proves that it's much harder for a good designer to deliberately do awful work than for a bad designer to accidentally trip onto acceptable work.

Posted by Dan P. on April 6, 2003, at 4:09 a.m.:

(sigh) Good times. Glad to have been a part of it.

Posted by justin on April 6, 2003, at 8:12 p.m.:

Adrian, that gag is one of your greatest hits.

Posted by Adrian on April 6, 2003, at 10:19 p.m.:

I just checked out the geocities.com/webtekrocks/ site. Wow! Worlds of amusement. And great poetry, too.

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