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October 20, 2005

I only score a 5.

Jakob Nielsen posts the Top Ten Weblog Design Mistakes.  I violate at least 5, including this one:

Sadly, even though weblogs are native to the Web, authors rarely follow the guidelines for writing for the Web in terms of making content scannable. This applies to a posting's body text, but it's even more important with headlines. Users must be able to grasp the gist of an article by reading its headline. Avoid cute or humorous headlines that make no sense out of context.

I’m sure when Peter Flaschner gets done with my redesign, I’ll at least get a 7.


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Obviously Jacob has never viewed his site on a 19" monitor at 1280x1024 resolution.

If he has he's forgotten to realise that comprehension drops by a gazzilion when you get 150 characters in a line across the screen.

Not what I'd call pretty let alone passing any form of usability test.

Don't feel too bad, Nielsen's site is all but unusable, ironically. I'm all for usable sites, but ugly is not necessarily usable.

Check out "Design by Fire: Design Eye for the Usability Guy" ( sometime.

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