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Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed

by Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir

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The book begins with a briefing on Jakob's web usability principles, themselves culled from years of research. The 50 sites fall under such categories as Fortune 500 Sites, Highest-Traffic Sites, and E-Commerce Sites. The content is simply presented: Four book pages are devoted to each homepage. The first page is a clean screenshot of the site's homepage (for readers to make their own, unbiased judgments), followed by a page that explains the site's purpose and summarizes its success--or failure--at usabilty. The third and fourth pages are devoted to crtiques, where Jakob and Marie present no-holds-barred commentary for specific usability practices, as well as suggestions for improvement. Although only the homepage of each site is analyzed, many of the critiques can be applied to overall website design.… (more)

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Summary of a number of 'big' website homepages, broken down by characteristics, compared and summarized. Nice check/comparison and tips to follow, but not much else. Bit older now, too. ( )
  Murdocke23 | Jan 31, 2010 |
Based on analysis of home pages from 50 different sites, this book presents guidelines for creating home pages. The authors first present the guidelines, and then the detailed analysis of each home page analyzed. In doing so they illustrate many principles of page layout, particularly balancing content, navigation, and other elements. ( )
  Pivo1 | Mar 26, 2007 |
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