Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Nov 12, 2012   ⋅   East Palo Alto, CA

Scrolled through this book, but haven't read it. Most of the website presented there are out of date with things you no longer see in the web. Haven't learned much, but maybe because it wasn't my first book on usability.

Dean of usability so impressed me with his http://www.useit.com/, that I decided to read his books. After I was happy with “Design of everyday things”, I decided to stick to his usability suggestions. I couldn’t find any book about application design, but since modern applications are likely to be done through the browser anyway, I decided to stick to his books about web pages.

This book went through some designs and explained in a great detail, what is done wrongly, and what could be improved.

In cases where discussed homepages got improved, authors showed corrected version too.

I did some thinking about things which I design myself, so that I’m less surprised seeing users using my tools for the first time.

You see, not being GUI programming guru, I use WWW to help me derive helpful tools, since most often than not, HTML works just fine for presenting content to multiple users with all sorts of different OS/browser platforms quickly.

In the big corporations with IM clients (which have no history, due to “security purposes” – thanks got SHIFT+F12 works!) sending links to your web pages/scripts is the best and fastest way to deliver what people want.

Useful lecture for all programmers and software engineers.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me