Using My Home

August 3, 2010

Read, rather browsed, Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed by the usability guru Jakob Nielsen (2002). Some things to remember:

  • Don’t use word “website” when talking about subsites/pages/depts. “Website” is the whole. people may think they’re moving away
  • Homepage should look different
  • About Us – one place
  • Press/News – one place
  • Feedback – who does it go to and what will they do
  • Intranet should be more for us, work space, information clutters public space
  • Privacy policy if we are gathering information
  • Users scan rather than read text on screens
  • Don’t require users to register particularly for basic information
  • Full of words – too much detail in verbose text blocks
  • Dense layout
  • [We’re missing the power of the purple button]
  • Heavy graphic content should be balanced with simple core elements
  • Text must be information of value, expensive real estate
  • Have well organized categories

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