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Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed

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The book begins with a briefing on Jakob's web usability principles, themselves culled from years of research. The 50 sites fall under such categories as Fortune 500 Sites, Highest-Traffic Sites, and E-Commerce Sites.
The content is simply presented: Four book pages are devoted to each homepage. The first page is a clean screenshot of the site's homepage (for readers to m
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 15th 2001 by New Riders Publishing
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At first I thought this book would be inspiring and informative. Although some of the statistical data was useful, overall I found this book to be stifling. As a student of web design, I found it bothersome how the authors stamped out every notion of creativity. They insult the intelligence of present-day internet users and suggest an almost "template" approach to web design. As they deconstructed sites, I found their suggestions to be petty and/or picky. For example, they suggest that every pag ...more
useful tips:
-use non-breaking spaces between words to preserve key phrases
-avoid exclamation marks
-use blue for unvisited links, purple for visited links
-if a link does anything other than go to another web page (pdf, audio, video), explicitly indicate what will happen
-don't put horizontal nav above the banner ("banner blindness")
-don't include active link to homepage on the homepage
-all pages other than homepage should have the logo be a clickable link to homepage
-don't give up valuable homepag
Ironically this book about usability had very poor usability. It started with 60 pages of theory (boring & with no context) and the 50 actual home pages were merely criticized instead of showing improved versions.

Ideally the book would have worked the theory into examples showing the bad and how to correct those issues instead of playing the critic instead of the creator.
I will forever be grateful To Jakob Nielsen for giving me a book that I can whip open, point at and say, "Best practices standards are specific about avoiding [insert hypertension-inducing bad idea here]." This book was exactly what I needed in order to get over the "My wife thinks ..." hump in our homepage redesign project. Thank you.
Pretty useful for giving practical advice and criticism of websites. Not as good as the Designing Web Usability.
Good survey of what was in use and how it is seen by the user. However, it is not a book on theory. It also is not a book for creativity. It simply relates what works and reminds us that art for art's sake is not a good communications model.
Cinquanta home page analizzate in profondità: come ha detto qualcun altro, il migliore (e più condivisibile) libro di Nielsen.
Bit dated now, but the concepts are still important.
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Jakob Nielsen is a leading web usability consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. He is also the principal of the Nielsen Norman Group which he co-founded with Dr. Donald A. Norman (former VP of research at Apple Computer). Before starting NNG in 1998 he was a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer.

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