Usability

Anything that isn't usable is pretty useless, so avoid creating websites without considering usability.

A bunch of stuff

Web Design References: University of Minnesota Duluth’s huge collection of links to web design references. SimpleQuiz › Part XI…

Posted on January 6, 2004

Recent Alertboxes

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003 is Jakob Nielsen’s list of popular things to get wrong in 2003. Let…

Posted on December 22, 2003

The Great Fixed vs Fluid Debate

Over the last week or so I’ve seen several posts (with very interesting discussions going on in the comments) about…

Posted on December 16, 2003

Bits and pieces

A bunch of links to interesting reads: Web Standards for Business: Fran├žois Nonnenmacher highlights the benefits of using web standards…

Posted on December 11, 2003

Ads on the Web

Ads on websites often annoy people. A lot. Some people will spend a lot of time and effort to prevent…

Posted on December 7, 2003

Unusable Web

In Unusable Web Keith Robinson tells us about his usability experience as a web user. He makes a whole lot…

Posted on November 30, 2003

Font sizing trouble

It’s pretty well known that when specifying font sizes, it’s good to use a relative unit like em or percent,…

Posted on November 29, 2003

A List Apart #163

Issue 163 of A List Apart contains two articles. How to Save Web Accessibility from Itself is a long article…

Posted on November 15, 2003

ReUSEIT winners announced

The winners of the ReUSEIT contest have been announced. Incidentally, the top three entries are the ones I liked best…

Posted on November 15, 2003

Flexible vs fixed

There’s been some talk about whether fixed or flexible width is best for web sites at Simon Willison’s Weblog and…

Posted on November 12, 2003

Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines

In his November 10 Alertbox Jakob Nielsen lists what he considers the ten most violated homepage design guidelines. (That’s homepage,…

Posted on November 11, 2003

ReUSEIT entries on display

The deadline for the ReUSEIT competition was last week, on October 31. The list of submissions is up. 51 submissions…

Posted on November 5, 2003

Usability comic strip

In the mood for some comic strip reading? Check out OK/Cancel. Updated weekly, this comic strip brings up usability issues…

Posted on November 5, 2003

Colour in design

Something that’s easily overlooked when designing a web site is how the use of colours affects the usability for colour-blind…

Posted on October 21, 2003

Supplemental Navigation

D. Keith Robinson’s Gorilla Web Tip Number Eleven is about Supplemental Navigation Techniques and Tips. Topics include sitemaps, shortcut menus…

Posted on October 15, 2003

Practices and Patterns

When you’re trying to come up with a good way of solving a design problem looking at how others have…

Posted on October 2, 2003

Verdana bad?

Why you should avoid the Verdana font is an interesting article by Stephen Poley. His opinion is that Verdana may…

Posted on September 24, 2003

Sitemaps

Inspired by D. Keith Robinson’s What’s Your Take on Sitemaps? I started thinking and writing a reply. I thought I’d…

Posted on September 18, 2003

Link flood again

Whoops. Looks like it’s time to clean out my folder of links. I may come back to one or two…

Posted on August 22, 2003

Usability problems

Adam Kalsey takes a look at some of the usability problems of the California State Fair site. I’ll add that…

Posted on August 3, 2003

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