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sites on UI design

I am looking for some information on sites which have good articles on UI design, both for client server and web applications.
I would like to see some sample screens which were unusable and how did usability principles help in revamping those screens.

Subarna Bandyopadhya
Friday, June 14, 2002


Also to know the mistakes other have to done and learn from them

Interface Hall of Shame

Nitin Bhide
Friday, June 14, 2002

Jakob Nielsen's Website (Usability and Web Design)
in particular: - The Alertbox: Current Issues in Web Usability

Also, the commercial site for Nielsen, Tog, and Don Norman:
"The members of Nielsen Norman Group are user experience pioneers...they advocated user-centered design and usability before it became popular to do so."
- Jakob Nielsen, Ph.D. 'The Guru of Web Page Usability' (New York Times)
- Donald A. Norman, Ph.D. 'The Guru of Workable Technology' (Newsweek)
- Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini 'Leading Authority on Software Design' (HotWired)

Philip Dickerson
Friday, June 14, 2002

Good sites, all of these.  Been in my bookmarks list for over a year.

One problem I keep having with UI design is that I can never seem to find a concise list of guidelines.  Fundamental Laws of UI, if you will.  The closest I've got is the bullets in Chapter 7 of Donald Norman's _The Design of Everyday Things_, and some bullets Jef Raskin had on his homepage (now at ) that I can't find anymore.

As a result, it always feels hard to make a case that such-and-such interface is "humane" as Raskin puts it.  It seems one could always find something wrong with it.

Paul Brinkley
Friday, June 14, 2002

I haven't seen it mentioned... you might check out "The Inmates are Running the Asylum" by Alan Cooper.

General guidelines don't seem to always work out with specific instances.

Joe AA.
Friday, June 14, 2002

ho, ho, ho...

Nat Ersoz
Friday, June 14, 2002

Somewhat more than just UI design, but these sites have lots of info:

Big B
Friday, June 14, 2002

Yes, is great. Some say has some good usability stuff too.

Sleightly off topic, I've e-mailed don norman about his website ( ) and he was very gracious, even e-mailed me for a second review when he updated his site and incorporated some of my suggestions.

Friday, June 14, 2002

Philippe Back
Friday, June 14, 2002

Steve Krug's book, _Don't Make Me Think_, is excellent.  See:

Anonymous coward
Friday, June 14, 2002

Joe AA. says: "General guidelines don't seem to always work out with specific instances."

This seems to be the case to me, too, so far.  I claim that this is hamstringing usability in a big way.  It makes human factors seem like so much totem rattling and tea leaf reading.  It's really hard to justify usability on a large scale because it's so easy to argue that "we'll just add it in here and there".

One good thing I've noticed about Joel's articles is that he lays out the principle of Death by a Thousand Cuts.  When using an interface, it's often not the case of a single big hindrance to use that makes you think an interface is clunky, but rather a hundred little things.  I -loathe- the times I have to make this argument; it's sooo hard...

Paul Brinkley
Monday, June 17, 2002

Well, from a programming perspective I like Larry Constantine's website at 

The reason that I am mentioning this site is that Larry and his consulting partner Lucy Lockwood wrote a very interesting book titled Software for Use: A Practical Guide to the Essential Models and Methods of Usage-Centered Design. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1999.

Btw, the guy who created the website at (a site mentioned by another poster here) wrote a decent review of this book.

I did read several chapters of Larry's book and liked what I read.  The problem that I have with this book is that you really need to pay this guy to come to your company and train people interested in applying his development techniques.  Had Larry taken the approach of taking a case study from concept to deployment I definately would have purchased and read the entire book.

Charles Kiley
Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Try these:


Design Not Found

Boxes and Arrows

Croc O' Lyle - Proving getting serious about usability can be fun.

Lyle Kantrovich
Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Also, for guidelines, you might check this out.  It's more of a heuristics list, but a good one:

Principles of Usable Design

FYI you can also find the same list with more details in the book Designing Effective Speech User Interfaces by Susan Weinschenk and Dean Barker.

Lyle Kantrovich
Wednesday, August 21, 2002

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