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Bad Design (12 links)

More General Topic(s): Design Tips (41)

Discussions of unusable designs to help you see your own problems.

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How not to make your site accessible

Topic: Accessibility (19)
Destination: IBM (9)
Author: Seebach, Peter (2)
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March 28, 2001


When Web pages don't work
Five steps to improve user experience.

The Prime Evils of user-experience design:

  • Confusing navigation and unexpected behaviors
  • Slow response time
  • Bleeding-edge technologies
  • Poor (or omitted) user testing
  • Off-the-cuff design services

Destination: IBM (9)
Author: Paul, Chris (1)
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October 23, 2000


Repent from Flash Sins
Today's Flash is like the green shag rug from the 70s.

Four Flash sins listed:

  • The "Hidden" Button
  • Annoying Audio and Graphics
  • Failing to Test
  • But It's Art Dammit!

Topic: Multimedia (12)
Author: Kennedy, Tim (1)
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May 10, 2000


Why Good Design Comes from Bad Design

Destination: uiweb (6)
Author: Berkun, Scott (6)
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April 1, 2000


Mystery Meat Navigation
Rollovers for navigation make web pages that suck.

Vincent Flanders defines a term for Javascript rollovers as navigation elements and explains why this is bad. Links to a lot of MMN sites are included, and Vincent even takes jabs at the designers themselves this time.


Topics: Dynamic HTML (3), Navigation (14)
Destination: Web Pages that Suck (1)
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January 8, 2000


When Bad Design Elements Become the Standard
When to follow a common design, even if it is bad.

Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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November 19, 1999


How to make an Annoying Web Page
Attract annoying users with these annoying tips.

Of course, you could break every rule here, if you wanted to be easy-to-use instead:

  • Text and More Text
  • Graphics
  • Backgrounds
  • Animated Gifs
  • Bullets
  • Bars
  • Music
  • Java
  • Frames
  • Links
  • Copying other Web Pages
  • Cookie Cutter Web Page Design
  • One Word: Stupidity
  • Misleading Content
  • Quizzes and Surveys
  • Counters

Includes 'The Annoying Web Page Award'.

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July 10, 1999


The Top Ten New Mistakes of Web Design

Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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May 30, 1999


"Top Ten Mistakes" Revisited Three Years Later

Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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May 2, 1999


An Interview with Vincent Flanders ... en-us/dnsiteplan/html/wpts.asp

Topic: Interviews (15)
Destination: MSDN (4)
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August 19, 1998


Web Ugly ... _voices_hess/html/hess0220.asp

Destination: MSDN (4)
Author: Hess, Robert (1)
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February 27, 1997


Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design
Common errors that make Web sites hard to use.

May 1996 Alertbox. The errors are:

  1. Frames
  2. Bleeding-edge technology
  3. Over animation
  4. Complex URLs
  5. Orphan pages
  6. Long pages
  7. No navigation support
  8. Link colors
  9. Outdated information
  10. Slow

Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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May 7, 1996

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