Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 20, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
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Jakob Nielsen has a long-established reputation for understanding how we use the internet, and admonishes us to design around the user's natural inclinations, not try to reengineer the user or guide her mouse-clicks. In an ever increasingly complex world, he has made a career teaching us to keep it simple.He co-founded the Nielsen Norman group (NN/g) to preach and teach usability, and its staff are all rocket-scientist-caliber researchers who teach from facts and figures, solid research all.In "Mobile Usability", he teams up with NN/g researcher Raluca Budiu to produce a wonderfully narrated, extensively illustrated and entertaining read, showing us by numerous examples why we must simplify our website designs for the mobile device. Screen real estate is the prime constraint, and most websites which work on the 20" desktop cannot function on the hand-held device, unless we strip away the unnecessary 'chrome', assure that our page links are easily 'discoverable', and each precious user click offers high 'affordance' - you get the content you want and expect when you click a link.These simple guidelines are easily adopted by even novice web designers, and should be read by anyone designing mobile websites. A seventh grader can read and understand this book, and that's my definition for good writing.The examples range from ordering a Pizza to browsing the news; the sites featured all are targets for improvement in usability. Martha Stewart's site emphasizes cutesy over discoverability - good luck figuring out what is a hyperlink.
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