Ask.com – fail in design
For the fun of it, I just went to see how are other search engines doing. Yes kids, there are other websites that do search, other than Google.
But look at this – www.ask.com. Now look at it carefully.
The search box is pointing at the noun Ask making me believe that you should click it in order to ask the site your question! After all, the whole idea behind Ask is that you should construct your query in form of a question. Combined with the fact that the main search button is identical in color with the rest of the site so it melts right it, it further enhances the feeling that the red Ask logo is the main action button.
But of course, it is not.
All the design elements point in one direction, the site wants you to go the opposite way.
I have no sympathy for the “other” search engines. Seeing ridiculous fails that they are I am really glad Google killed them all.