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Style and Design
7 Sisters Productions Offers tips on good web design.
Color Theory Notes on visual interaction and design.
DocB's WebDesign Clinic A guide to web site design, with
an emphasis on usability and effectiveness.
Hypertext Gardens A whimsical essay on unpredictability
in hypertext design.
Hypertext Style: Cool URIs Don't Change Tries to explain
why are there so many dangling links in the world.
Soulbath Experimental website all in gray, a self-declared
exhibition of antibanners.
Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design A classic article by Jakob
UI Patterns User interface design pattern library and screen
Web Design From Scratch A guide on essential skills for
designing effective web sites.
Web Design Group: Design Elements This section contains
style, image, document type, and color guidelines for accessible
Web Design Inspiration Screen-shots and links to some examples
of web design.
Web Page Design Flaws What to avoid, how to fix them, and
links to other sites with constructive criticism.
WEBalley Provides HTML tutorials, web design articles, free
templates, tools and webmaster resources.
Why are Most Web Pages Organized in Similar Ways? Why is
the layout of so many web pages so similar? This is not by chance.
There are simple logical explanations for why most web pages
are formatted the way they are.
World's Worst Website Designed to graphically demonstrate
common mistakes of web designers. Offers suggestions and links
to examples of good and bad web page design.
100 Things to Do to Make a Better Site List of several (actually,
eight) ways to make a more user-friendly site. Also has other
reader comments on the same topic.
Adobe - Flash : Usability Usability tips, examples, test
case, quotes, related articles and a Flash forum for site developers.
AgeLight Institute Guidelines written for webmasters, communicators
and marketers to assist with website design for maximum usability
for seniors and older internet users.
Alertbox Jakob Nielsen's bi-weekly column on current issues
in Web usability, focusing on simple and minimalist design based
on real user needs.
alt tags - Muddling Through Web site designers should think
hard about how to keep users from muddling around on their sites.
"Users muddle when it isn’t clear what they are supposed to
do in any given situation."
AnyBrowser.com Web page viewer presents a site as it might
be seen by visitors with different browsers.
Art and the Zen of Web Sites Suggestions and guidelines
for putting together a usable and attractive web site.
Croc O' Lyle Weblog by a practicing User Experience Architect.
Usually about usability, design information architecture and
eShopability Provides design and usability information and
advice on how to convert browsers into buyers and keep them,
analysis and trends. Free fortnightly newsletter.
Fifth Conference on the Human Factors and the Web A forum
for sharing information among a community of human factors engineers,
designers, and developers who are interested in producing web
sites that are more useful and usable. Site contains proceedings
of the most recent (3/Jun/1999) conference and archives of all
A Heuristic Evaluation of a World Wide Web Prototype Experiment
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS)finding a large number
of usability problems that were identified and suggestions for
Hot Text: Web Writing That Works Articles from trainer-writer
team Jonathan and Lisa Price. Ideas and services for web writers,
editors, and content managers.
HTML Authoring Tools Provides free services to assist web
authors who wish to make their information available to the
IBM DeveloperWorks: Web Architecture Offering tools needed
to understand usability and accessibility issues. Includes materials
that can help you create user-centered applications and gain
insight into accessibility challenges.
Internet Brothers: Helpware for the Cybercommunity Expanding
web community by offering free tips and tutorials about HTML
and DHTML, graphics editing, site promotion, digital photography,
and desktop publishing. Presented often with a touch of humor,
and always with examples.
Java Software Human Interface Essential information about
human interface design and usability for applications and applets
written in the Java programming language.
Jeffrey Veen: The Usability of Subscribing to Feeds RSS
feeds are surprisingly difficult for the average user to use.
Klariti Guide to Usability and Information Architecture
Directory contains over 500 links, mainly to scholarly articles.
Lynx Friendly The key to being Lynx Friendly is to be consciously
aware of the HTML which goes into creating a web page and to
ensure that those using a non-graphical browser are not ignored.
Morville, Peter: Building a Synonymous Search Index Help
users find the documents they're looking for by incorporating
a 'thesaurus-like' hierarchy for your site.
Morville, Peter: Virtual Documents: The Challenges of Chunking
Advice for determining a level of granularity in breaking up
documents for online viewing.
Nielsen Norman Group Jakob Nielsen shares his thoughts on
Norman, Don: Human Centred Design Don Norman discusses the
approach to usability when building his own website. This includes
links to related content by Jakob Nielsen.
Opquast A list of best practices intended to improve the
quality of on-line services.
Principia Hypertextica: Introduction A mathematics educator's
view of web design. Encourages speed, accessibility, validity,
and navigability. Discusses difficulties of math typesetting
on the web.
Rosenfeld, Lou: Is Less Really More? When it comes to the
usability factor of tables of contents, is less really more?
Rosenfeld, Lou: Yahoo! is Dead. Long Live Yahoo! Discussion
on the inevitable collapse of Yahoo directory due to its size
and complexity. He Predicts mini-yahoo sites within corporate
The Scent of Information The reason why so many people lose
their way on the Web, according to usability expert Jared Spool,
is because they lose the scent of the information they are looking
for. Jared shares his thoughts and perspectives on the Web,
usability, and the user's quest for information.
Schroeder, Will: Testing Web Sites with Eye-Tracking Describes
an experiment carried out to monitor the eye movements of visitors
to a prototype web site.
Scottberkun.com Expert columns on web usability, interaction
and web design.
ShoreWalker Covers every area of site design as well as
what not to do. Steers the user away from hype and towards more
practical, user-friendly Web design. Based in Australia.
Something 4 Nothing Web Pages Tips for building pages which
are visually pleasing, and yet still download quickly and make
information easy to access. From Webdeveloper.com.
Spool, Jared: Hard Evidence from Research Spool uncovers
the lessons his research has taught him about how best to design
a site so that users don't end up thwarted
Spool, Jared: Web Graphic Design Is Not What You Think, A Usability
Perspective "The number one activity on the Web is information
retrieval." In part of his tutorial, Spool explained his findings
on graphic design and users' success.
Starling Access Services Interesting definition of Accessible
Web Design. For use by "anyone, any web browsing technology
and any site".
Theory A weekly column by Adam Baker that discusses web
usability, interface, and interaction design. Includes previous
columns for review.
Tognazzini, Bruce: First Principles Bruce Tognazzini discusses
basic prinicples of usability for both traditional applications
and web services.
Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003 (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Sites are getting better at using minimalist design, maintaining
archives, and offering services. However, these advances entail
their own usability problems, as several prominent mistakes
from 2003 show.
Universal Usability Includes an online version of the book
"Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers"
by Sarah Horton, along with links to other useful resources.
Usability First Diamond Bullet Design offers their experience
and knowledge on website and software usability.
Usability Professionals' Association The UPA's purpose is
to promote usability concepts and techniques worldwide.
Usability.gov Provided by the National Cancer Institute.
Includes information and resources on making web sites and other
user interfaces more useful, usable, and accessible. News and
current publications and additional links are provided.
Web Collection of links and accompanying information about
human factors, user interface issues, and usable design specific
to the World Wide Web.
Usefo.com Web design resources, Usableword newsletter, and
web usability guidelines to make web sites faster, more educational,
Vaspers the Grate Insights into web writing, user-focused
web design, and web credibility enhancement.
Vaspers the Grate: Web Credibility Destroyers List of design
issues that pollute an overall impression of trustworthiness
Web Development A summary of the complete life cycle of
web development: planning, analysis, design, implementation,
and promotion. Key practices and online resources are given
for each process. By John December, author of numerous material
for web development methodology.
Web Pages That Suck Learn good web page design by looking
at bad web pages.
Web Usability Findings Compilation of surveys of web usability
engineering and test results.
CNET.com - Study: Design lacking in e-tail sites The design
of some of the leading online stores is mediocre at best, but,
according to a new study, it is improving. (June 03, 2002)
Accessibility Initiative Guidelines and resources
from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Accessible eLearning For All The ALFA Project is being developed
to allow educational content providers to create eLearning on
any subject and in any language.
Accessible Webpage Design: Resources Site created to promote
awareness about the need for accessible web design and to steer
those who wish to learn more about the topic into the right
Accessify.com Tools, links and resources on Website accessibility.
With Disabilities Act Information The US Dept. of Justice's
resource page for the ADA. Voluminous, and not limited to computer
and Internet issues, but at least it should be fairly authoritative,
if you're willing to wade through the material.
AnitraPavka.com Personal weblog with views on accessibility
issues, news, and accessibility events.
Business Benefits of Accessible Web Design Describes the
many business and technical benefits that are realised by applying
the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to Web applications.
Google Groups: Accessible Forum for users of Google's accessibility
services to share tips on what works well and what could be
Joeclark.org Accessibility information and Weblogs from
the writer Joe Clark
Library Hi Tech Volume 20, Issue 2 Special issue: Accessibility
of web-based information resources for people with disabilities.
Read abstracts online; pay for access to full articles.
Microsoft - Accessibility Information about Microsoft accessibility
products and services.
Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG) A non-profit association
of web designers and advocates of web accessibility based in
the Philippines. Membership information, resources, and frequently
RNIB Web Access Centre A free online resource centre to
help designers and managers create accessible web sites. Also
links to consultancy services.
Searchenginewatch - Don't Disable Your Site for Handicapped
Users Article by Matt Bailey. Designers of web sites that
are not accessible to disabled users are overlooking a market
segment of millions of searchers and potential buyers.
Self Direction Community Project Providing online disability
SightWeaver SightWeaver is a tool for repairing HTML tables,
to make them more accessible.
Standards-schmandards Weblog about web standards, accessibility
UI Access Resource for universal interface design and accessibility
that provides techniques to support developing and implementing
Usability First - Accessibility Includes background information
on Accessibility and lists computer related accessibility aids
according to types of disability.
UsableAccess.com Web accessibility and usability resources
including articles, news, discussion, and research. Focuses
on both theory and practice of user-centered design.
Viewable With Any Browser Campaign for a Non-Browser Specific
WWW. Resources, more information and links about this effort.
Web Accessibility Survey Some data collected on the accessibility
of college and university web pages.
Web Credible: Accessibility Resources Offers tips, tricks,
tutorials, links and information about Web accessibility, including
UK legal requirements.
- Web Accessibility in Mind Information, training, resources,
guidelines and standards for Web accessibility and disability
access to the Web.
Wikipedia: Web Accessibility Encyclopedia article about
the topic, including discussion of benefits, technology, guidelines,
and legal provisions.
WCAG 2.0: Woeful to Wonderful in One Easy Draft? Accessites.org
article by Jack Pickard, providing a review of the latest changes
to the working draft. (May 25, 2007)
hAccessibility Article by Bruce Lawson and James Craig,
raising accessibility issues with the use of some microformats,
and specifically the abbr design pattern.(April 27, 2007)