Web Bloopers: 60 Common Web Design Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

Other | May 1, 2003

byJohnson, Jeff, Jeff Johnson

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The dot.com crash of 2000 was a wake-up call, and told us that the Web has far to go before achieving the acceptance predicted for it in '95. A large part of what is missing is quality; a primary component of the missing quality is usability. The Web is not nearly as easy to use as it needs to be for the average person to rely on it for everyday information, commerce, and entertainment.

In response to strong feedback from readers of GUI BLOOPERS calling for a book devoted exclusively to Web design bloopers, Jeff Johnson calls attention to the most frequently occurring and annoying design bloopers from real web sites he has worked on or researched. Not just a critique of these bloopers and their sites, this book shows how to correct or avoid the blooper and gives a detailed analysis of each design problem.

Hear Jeff Johnson's interview podcast on software and website usability at the University of Canterbury (25 min.)

* Discusses in detail 60 of the most common and critical web design mistakes, along with the solutions, challenges, and tradeoffs associated with them.

* Covers important subject areas such as: content, task-support, navigation, forms, searches, writing, link appearance, and graphic design and layout.

* Organized and formatted based on the results of its own usability test performed by web designers themselves.

* Features its own web site (www.web-bloopers.com)with new and emerging web design no-no's (because new bloopers are born every day) along with a much requested printable blooper checklist for web designers and developers to use.

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The dot.com crash of 2000 was a wake-up call, and told us that the Web has far to go before achieving the acceptance predicted for it in '95. A large part of what is missing is quality; a primary component of the missing quality is usability. The Web is not nearly as easy to use as it needs to be for the average person to rely on it fo...

Jeff Johnson is president and principal consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm (www.uiwizards.). He has worked in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1978, as a software designer and implementer, usability tester, manager, researcher at several computer and telecommunications companies, and as a c...

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Format:OtherDimensions:344 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2003Publisher:Morgan KaufmannLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0080520898

ISBN - 13:9780080520896

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Bloopers in the Content and Functionality of the Website
Chapter 1 - Content Bloopers
Chapter 2 - Task-Support Bloopers
Part II: Bloopers in the User Interface of the Website
Chapter 3 - Navigation Bloopers
Chapter 4 - Form Bloopers
Chapter 5 - Search Bloopers
Part III: Bloopers in the Presentation of the Website
Chapter 6 - Text & Writing Bloopers
Chapter 7 - Link Appearance Bloopers
Chapter 8 - Graphic and Layout Bloopers
Epilogue
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
About the Author