Web 2.0 breaking the rules of good, usable design

May 14, 2007

Good article on the BBC website citing Jakob Nielsens comments regarding the state of web design today and it’s impact on users. Jakob says that the hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design and said that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served. He said sites peppered with personalisation tools were in danger of resembling the “glossy but useless” sites at the height of the dotcom boom.

Valid points by Mr Nielsen, but I believe this is just indicative of a boom (yes the web is booming). There are so many people trying to jump into the online arena that many are bound to overlook the basics, also with so many design firms out there more of them are going to be of a lower quality (same as happened in the dotcom boom). There will always be badly designed sites, and with the temptation to add endless filters, widgets and features there will be many mistakes made along the way.

Don’t fall into the trap of adding features for features sake, make them useful and usable if you want customers to keep coming back!

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One Response to “Web 2.0 breaking the rules of good, usable design”

  1. Hitesh Mehta Says:

    Today, the dynamic web pages are not made in any rush hour, plenty of man hours goes in to research and a lot of effort is being put in by the group of experts to make the NEXT web2.0 product / web site totally user-friendly and easy going with the millions of users on the web. Experts from various streams like research analyst, hardcore technical guys, business development managers, investors, Artificial Intelligence experts, SEO specialists and many others are today extremely involved in making a successful web2.0 product. — READ MY COMPLETE REVIEW HERE: http://hiteshmehta.in/?p=8


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