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Richard Hoagland is best known as a conspiracy theorist and fringe thinker. He has several published books to his credit and is a frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. He single-handedly created the "Face on Mars" controversy with his book, "The Monuments of Mars". As a successful author he should be capable of having a decent website constructed. As someone concerned with public image and technology, you'd think he'd want his website to be easy to navigate and well-designed. But no. Welcome to the rambling, scrolling, self-indulgent train-wreck known as the Enterprise Mission. Upon second thought, maybe the website isn't a failure after all. It does seem to perfectly reflect his personality.
Yes, THAT J. K. Rowling. Is it a website about the author, or books, or an interactive game? Why, it's all three! Explore the magical world as you try to guess which object links to what! Fall under the spell of the fluttering butterfly as you search for the navigation links. Hear the dog barking in the distance. Attempt to read the links that appear cut off and half-hidden by the top of the screen. I rank the Game Play as a zero on a scale of one to five magic wands. The web design itself gets a zero score for navigation and pretentious clutter. Maybe one day she'll make enough money to hire someone who knows the basics about web design.
The esteemed place of number 1 web tragedy must go to George R. R. Martin. He's the man behind the HBO series Game of Thrones. In addition to his Song of Ice and Fire series the man has written a ton of novels and is a NYT #1 Bestselling Author. So why does his website look as if it was designed by a high school kid in the 1990's? Animated GIFs, bland graphics, and amateurish layout conspire to make this website a cartography of basic "web design don'ts".
It was "designed" by a "company" (and I use both terms in the broadest possible sense) named Mandala. A quick glance at their sites only strengthens my suspicion that they stay in business only by sub-contracting their web to teen LARPER's working from an old Sanyo using Paint Shop version 3.