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Usability for the Web

Designing Web Sites that Work

Every stage in the design of a new web site is an opportunity to meet or miss deadlines and budgetary goals. Every stage is an opportunity to boost or undercut the site's usability.

This book tells you how to design usable web sites in a systematic process applicable to almost any business need. You get practical advice on managing the project and incorporating usability principles from the project's inception. This systematic usability process for web design has been developed by the authors and proven again and again in their own successful businesses.

A beacon in a sea of web design titles, this book treats web site usability as a preeminent, practical, and realizable business goal, not a buzzword or abstraction. The book is written for web designers and web project managers seeking a balance between usability goals and business concerns.

Web site designers and developers, web site project managers, usability specialists and information architects, user interface designers, and graphic designers.


Published: October 2001

Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 978-1-55860-658-6


  • "It's an incredibly good read. It rattles along at a good rate, is packed full of good advice and I had the distinct impression that here was real web usability." Xristine Faulkner, CISE, SBU.


  • Pervasive Usability Chapter 1. Usability throughout the Design Process Chapter 2. Target Audience and Target Platforms Chapter 3. User Needs Analysis Conceptual Design Chapter 4. Task Analysis Chapter 5. Information Architecture Mockups and Prototypes Chapter 6. Page Layout Chapter 7. Envisioning Design Production Chapter 8. Writing for the Web Chapter 9. Design Elements Chapter 10. Usability in Software Development Launch Chapter 11. Pre-Launch and Post-Launch Evaluation Chapter 12. Usability Evalutation


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