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Making a Murderer’s Ken Kratz Needs Serious Internet Help

The downside of Netflix fame: People will know your name and look you up online. Don’t let this happen to you.

The latest binge-watching craze is Netflix’s crime story, “Making a Murderer.” People have been talking about the case and the outcome for weeks now, dissecting and debating the finer points of the crime, the accused and the way the case was tried.

Hiding in plain sight? A terrible website from one of the series’ main characters: attorney Ken Kratz.

Sean Yang has taken to Medium to provide a point-by-point character assassination on Kratz’ website which is, undoubtedly, of far lesser quality than one might expect of an attorney with such a high-profile case being broadcast around the world to anyone with a WiFi connection.

“Ken Kratz is not a Web or UX designer,” Yang writes. “I get that. But he is a lawyer. He should have at least:

  1. A little bit of money
  2. Some common sense
  3. Decent logical reasoning skills”

His website, however, calls into question those assertions.

KratzWebsite

You’ll note, first and foremost, he’s including the Netflix logo pretty prominently, recognizing that people might start searching for him online now that the series is out.

Yang decided to point out several design flaws (to be kind) on Kratz’s website that make the whole thing a little awkward.

“If Ken Kratz had a child build his website without his awareness and did not make changes at the fear of hurting their feelings, that would be a permissible excuse,” Yang writes, politely and understandingly. “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.”

It just gets worse from there.

There’s the “Worst Personal Photo. Ever,” in which Kratz is wearing a t-shirt instead of something more akin to a suit or professional attire.

There’s the 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.'” Ouch.

Don’t forget about the “water color painting background.” Yang sets up a hypothetical conversation between Kratz and his web designer, in which Kratz suggests going “with something like an aqua greenish water color painting.”

Yang also takes great pains to point out the wacky alignment (read: none at all) on the website:

Kratz Alignment

You get the idea. To read the whole thing, go here.

 

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