Talking in screenshots – Conversation with Vonnie and John

nts

http://ntslive.co.uk/ – it is a personal site in the broad sense of the word – it showcases each and everyone that has a show in this local radio at gillet square. It’s total is more than the sum of its parts.

trent walton

Big image / no side navigation / centred text – http://trentwalton.com/ – I’m loving this page http://trentwalton.com/category/articles

stef

Vonnie sent this link http://stef.io/ and I really like the top nav – simple and clean.

I was a little confused by all the links in the front page. I would rather see what he is working on rather than read about it. i.e. when i click on create something everyday i get sent to medium to read a post about how he proposed himself to create something everyday. That’s lovely, however I want to see what he made yesterday…and I can’t figure it out.

.artsy

Artsy – http://artsy.net/artwork/bernd-ribbeck-untitled-98

Love the way categories or tags are communicated in the top of the page and you can follow this.

More on Category Landing Pages http://www.nngroup.com/articles/top-10-ia-mistakes/

Slideshow feature – Nielsen says no.

Take a look at article on Nielsen Norman Group’s site discussing how auto-forwarding carousels annoy users and reduce visibility.

“Accordions and carousels should show a new panel only when users ask for it. Otherwise, it should stand still and let users read the information in peace, without having the rug yanked from under them. As our user said about Siemens’ big rotating box: “I didn’t have time to read it. It keeps flashing too quickly.”

(…)

Auto-forwarding causes many usability problems:

  • Moving UI elements usually reduce accessibility, particularly for users with motor skill issues who have difficulty clicking something before it’s taken away.

  • Low-literacy users often don’t have enough time to read the information before it’s removed.

  • International users also read more slowly if your site is not in their native language, and thus won’t be able to understand a panel if it’s displayed only briefly.

  • The probability that users will spot the item they want is drastically reduced when only one thing is displayed at any given time; in the Siemens example, the discount deal is visible only 20% of the time.

  • It’s just plain annoying for users to lose control of the user interface when things move around of their own accord.

Most important, because it moves, users automatically assume that it might be an advertisement, which makes them more likely to ignore it

(…)  Information scent is one of the main determinants of successful navigation: people only click links that (a) make sense and (b) describe something they want.

http://www.nngroup.com/articles/auto-forwarding/

But then again Nielsen Norman talks about Corporate sites, I wasn’t able to find anything on personal sites. And the same question applies , what are personal sites usability rules? And what do they share with corporate sites?

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