Jakob Nielsen is a legendary usability crank who writes great little columns called "AlertBoxes" wherein he runs down his best practices for one or another element of usability (I always forget to read these because I can't find any RSS or Atom for Jakob's site and it updates too infrequently to put it in my regular Moz tab-group bookmark; nevertheless, some of Nielsen's pieces, like the Microcontent thing from 1998 have been very influential in my blogging style)
Last week's AlertBox was about link-style, and it's pretty good and sensible. — Read the rest
Good Jakob Nielsen AlertBox on designing the PR section of your Website to make journos happy.
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In our study, we visited journalists where they work. Many journalists are freelancers or work from home, typically using slow dial-up connections. Many also have old computer equipment and do not feel an obsessive need to download all the latest software.
Jakob Nielsen consisely summarizes all the reasons that reading PDFs on-screen sucks. Link
Jakob Nielsen on online Reputation Managers. Link
Jakob Nielsen, the legendary usability curmudgeon, has released a list of the top-ten usability mistakes on weblogs. I agree with nine of them but take exception to "8. Mixing Topics" in which he advises bloggers to restrict themselves to narrow subject-ranges. — Read the rest
Jakob Nielsen's AlertBox is a good source of cranky, well-structured rants about what's wrong with the interaction design online. This week's is about security, and why user-education is not the answer. Our tools conspire against us to make us less secure, and if we're to be made more secure, our tools will have to be enlisted to work on our behalf. — Read the rest
The OECD's 2011-2015, 33 country, 215,942-person study of computer skills paints a deceptively grim picture of the average level of computer proficiency around the world — deceptive because it excludes over-65s, who research shows to be, on average, less proficient than the 16-65 cohort sampled.
On cranky usability guy Jakob Neilsen's Alertbox, this wonderful chart on the relative "consumption" characteristics of TV vs the web.
Velocity of Media Consumption: TV vs. the Web
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Usability guru Jakob Nielsen has more thoughts on writing Web-headlines and how they benefit from the use of the passive voice. Nielsen's classic 1998 essay "Microcontent: How to Write Headlines, Page Titles, and Subject Lines" is the single most important essay I've ever read on good Web style, and today's followup, "Passive Voice Is Redeemed For Web Headings," is an intriguing followup. — Read the rest
The Programming Blog's list of things that computers can do in movies is like a requirements document for a Movie OS (there's almost certainly a Linux out there that has been engineered to act like a Movie OS already). Many movies — even contemporary movies — treat computers as plot devices, allowing them to do things that everyone in the theater knows is impossible. — Read the rest
The Online Journalism Review reports on Jakob Nielsen's use of an eye-tracker to look at how different people read the Web — particularly news. There are lots of interesting findings, but the best is the revelation that men fixate on any visible genital areas in photos — even animals' crotches come in for a good eyeballing. — Read the rest
Cnet's Elinor Mills has a great article on the demise of "pithy, witty and provocative headlines" — the bread-and-butter of print publishing. You can win awards with a headline like "BASTARDS!" over a shot of the Twin Towers in flames, but in a search-engine results-page, that headline is invisible. — Read the rest
Snipped from the latest edition of Kevin Kelly's newsletter "Cool Tools:"
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Here, a cure for badly designed web pages. (This is major news since everything is now on the web.) Follow Krug's key heuristic: "Don't make me think."
The NYTimes covers the birth of the TiVo remote, one of the finest pieces of user-centered design I've ever encountered (if only there were some way to tell, without looking, whether you were holding it upside-down).
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The peanut-shaped TiVo remote is at once playful and functional.
Headline-writing guidelines from legendary usability
fascist guru Jakob Nielsen. Link
New research from legendary usability researchers The Nielsen (previously) Norman (previously) Group finds that voice assistants are basically a hot mess that people only use because they are marginally better than nothing.
Forget Che Guevara, say hi to J. Guevara. Excellent photoshopping of Jakob "Usability" Nielsen discovered in this week's NTK.