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Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
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on January 25, 2002
This is an excellent book giving guidelines for communicating the purpose of websites, communicating information about the company whose site it is, revealing content through examples, archives, accessing past content, links, navigation, search, tools, task shortcuts, graphics, animation, graphic design, UI widgets, title tags, URLs, news, press releases, popup windows, intermediate pages, advertising, welcomes, technical problems and much more. The first 52 pages are worth their weight in gold to any web professional.
The rest of the book is taken up with indepth analyses of specific web pages, and this I found rather boring & much less useful, though I can see that for people who need real-life examples reiterated it can be a good thing.
But overall pretty recommended.
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on November 20, 2001
This book is a great resource to get ideas and validate basic web usability/design concepts, however most of what Neilson and Tahir write is nothing new.
The dissected screenshots of homepages spark ideas and creativity. It does get a bit repetitive after reading a few homepage critiques.
Nice looking book overall!
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on November 11, 2001
This book does a good job at deconstructing 50 home pages and gives the reasons behind the problems found on each page. It contains a summary of all the guidelines, around 130, for home page design, which is a useful tool for rating your own web page against. It also has a star rating for the importance for adherence to the individual guidelines, which helps you prioritise work to improve your home page.
There are some guidelines which I felt were objective dislikes rather than real usability problems, e.g. not putting a "powered by xxxx" label on the home page. But this makes it all the more interesting for the user who needs to understand the issues as they apply to them.
Overall a great read, with lots of good information. Good solid stuff.
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