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Useful but there are better ways to spend the money,
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This review is from: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed (Paperback)
Jakob Nielson has set out his stall to be the voice of science and reason in web design and, in the past, I have found a lot of his advice helpful. However this book strays into dangerous territory because he exposes his detailed thinking and there are enough cases where his prescription misses the point about the message and audience for a particular website to convice me this emperor is only half-clad.
The approach to the book is very much a box ticking exercise, you can't help feeling that this is a cheap way to fill a few hundred pages and get another title out.
Nielson and Tahir analyse a lot of (relatively similar) websites and reading soon becomes a grind, each page I turned I hoped I would learn or see something new but after a while I realised I was on a bus tour of the ordinary and I was unlikely to find any significant insights.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2009, 21:09:37 BST
I mostly agree with Chris' opinion about the book..although I do have some points where I'd disagree. First, I'd like to say that I think I'm better off having read the book in terms of my grasp of usability, deconstructing sites etc. I'd also add that it depends on the reader what s/he decides to take away from this book; Nielsen often and very easily sinks into opinions, and subjectivity, which can be a little annoying at times. However, having read most of the book (library loan!) I found that most of the basic usability rules were intrinsically absorbed by my brain. I say this because I was designing my own site (a small microsite more like) and found myself working off his guidelines naturally. I'd say the site's turned out very very user friendly. To the ones mentioning nielsen opposing artistic design, I'd like to ask if it's art for art's sake - it's perfectly fine, but if you're designing for a user, it's important to keep the experience as pleasurable as possible (which eventually works in your advantage)..Imagine coming across a document that's a jpeg because the artist wanted to use a unique font, now you need to sit and manually copy all the text, which should've taken 2 seconds.
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