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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    Comprehensive and insightful

    Based on six years of observing about 400 people use the web, ''Designing Web Usability'' is Jakob Nielsen's definitive guide to what makes a web site easy to use. Even though many sections in the book are sourced from Nielsen's alertboxes written years ago, the advice they contain remains solid. _______ The book contains insightful and comprehensive treatments of page, content, and site design that include topics like creating written and graphical content, navigation, search, etc. It is basically a list of guidelines (rather than a step-by-step how-to), much like my own UI design book available free at paulgokin dotcom. Jakob also mentions a few technical issues, but only insomuch as they affect usability. _______ As are most books, this one is not without its drawbacks. Ironically, the biggest drawback of this book has nothing to do with the book itself (which speaks highly of it), but rather with the fact that a lot of its content can be found in Nielsen's alertboxes on his web site. In addition, the chapter on accessible design is a little light on concrete, useful advice (beyond relative font sizes and alt text): there are better resources available free on the web. In conclusion, if you're new to the field of web design and haven't read Nielsen's alertboxes you should definitely get this book. And if you're a seasoned designer, well, chances are you already have it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2001

    Great book but a bit out of date!?

    This is a great book for a new web designer. This book will make them / us not to over focus on web design but have a serius thought about usability and concept behind the scene. I admire that Jakob Nielsen point out that a lot of graphic take longer time to download. It did help us as a webmaster to try to reduce / optimize the graphic size. However, the recent website trend is always moving toward nice-looking design. We must balance the use of graphic and text and not only try to reduce the graphic element. Last point, I still seriously think that a clear website architecture and easy navigation are the main ingredients of a good website. That is why I give this book 4 star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Superb Writing

    This book is tops on the answer list when the question is, 'What should I consider when desiging my website?' A+ writing. Great content, and interesting to boot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    Don't design a website without reading this book

    After you read this book, you'll have discovered the little nuances of site design that separate a good website from a not so good site. It boils down to usability. The book contains lots of examples, and plenty of dos and don'ts. Take notes!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Simply Amazing

    One of best books on webdesign and usability, I highly recomend this book to someone who wishes to learn more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Must have for web designers/information architects

    This book contains extensive infomation on a number of facets of web design and information architecture, but the most powerfull part of the book is its common sense. While reading this book, clear common-sense examples of what works and what doesnt are given. This book was worth every penny, (and a few more). Buy this book before hiring any consultants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    Great Book

    I found this book to be very usefule in providing me with some of the basic underlying ideas of web usability. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain a better understand of the how to make the web usable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Simplicity Rules

    Plus -- listen to the user. Lots of basic stuff in here and much of it is common sense but it all bears repeating. Good examples.

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