Web Bloopers

60 Common Web Design Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them


  • Jeff Johnson, UI Wizards, Inc., San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

The dot.com crash of 2000 was a wake-up call, and told us that the Web has far to go before achieving the acceptance predicted for it in '95. A large part of what is missing is quality; a primary component of the missing quality is usability. The Web is not nearly as easy to use as it needs to be for the average person to rely on it for everyday information, commerce, and entertainment.

In response to strong feedback from readers of GUI BLOOPERS calling for a book devoted exclusively to Web design bloopers, Jeff Johnson calls attention to the most frequently occurring and annoying design bloopers from real web sites he has worked on or researched. Not just a critique of these bloopers and their sites, this book shows how to correct or avoid the blooper and gives a detailed analysis of each design problem.

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Web designers, Web application programmers


Book information

  • Published: April 2003
  • ISBN: 978-1-55860-840-5


"Jeff Johnson¿s sharp eye for usability, coupled with plenty of examples and recommendations, can transform even the dullest and most complicated site into a sleek example of Web usability." --Nina Malakooty on Firstmonday.org "Engaging, Educational, Enjoyable, Erudite: Excellent!" --Dr. Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group "Many of the examples are priceless ¿ just reading them made my blood boil with recognition." --Howard Tamler, Principal, HT Consulting "If you are part of a Web team, Web Bloopers is a must-have book. If you know anyone who is developing Web sites, give them this book as a present. It's fun and it's informative...Get and read this book. Give it to your favorite Web developers--and to your least favorite Web developers. You'll all learn from it." --Ginny Redish in Technical Communication "Each section puts a name to a common mistake, gives several real-world examples of its occurrence, and then explains what the site's designers should have done instead." - C/C++ Journal

Table of Contents


Part I: Bloopers in the Content and Functionality of the Website
Chapter 1 - Content Bloopers
Chapter 2 - Task-Support Bloopers

Part II: Bloopers in the User Interface of the Website
Chapter 3 - Navigation Bloopers
Chapter 4 - Form Bloopers
Chapter 5 - Search Bloopers

Part III: Bloopers in the Presentation of the Website
Chapter 6 - Text & Writing Bloopers
Chapter 7 - Link Appearance Bloopers
Chapter 8 - Graphic and Layout Bloopers

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