Articles

Topic: Design Mistakes

Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design

January 1, 2011

The ten most egregious offenses against users. Web design disasters and HTML horrors are legion, though many usability atrocities are less common than they used to be.

Top 10 Information Architecture (IA) Mistakes

May 11, 2009

Structure and navigation must support each other and integrate with search and across subsites. Complexity, inconsistency, hidden options, and clumsy UI mechanics prevent users from finding what they need.

Four Bad Designs

April 14, 2008

Bad content, bad links, bad navigation, bad category pages... which is worst for business? In these examples, bad content takes the prize for costing the company the most money.

Top 10 Application-Design Mistakes

February 19, 2008

Application usability is enhanced when users know how to operate the UI and it guides them through the workflow. Violating common guidelines prevents both.

Top 10 Web Design Mistakes of 2003

December 22, 2003

Sites are getting better at using minimalist design, maintaining archives, and offering comprehensive services. However, these advances entail their own usability problems, as several prominent mistakes from 2003 show.

The Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines

November 10, 2003

Ten usability mistakes are made by about two-thirds of corporate websites. The prevalence of these errors alone warrants attention, especially since they appear on sites with significant investment in usable design.

Top 10 Web Design Mistakes of 2002

December 23, 2002

Every year brings new mistakes. In 2002, several of the worst mistakes in Web design related to poor email integration. The number one mistake, however, was lack of pricing information, followed by overly literal search engines.

When Bad Design Elements Become the Standard

November 14, 1999

Anything done by more than 90% of big sites becomes a de-facto design standard that must be followed unless an alternative design achieves 100% increased usability.

Failure of Corporate Websites

October 18, 1998

Most corporate sites are so bad that Web usability problems cost a large company millions of dollars per year. On average, users fail when they try to accomplish tasks on the Web.

Original Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design

May 1, 1996

This article has attracted millions of page views since it was written in 1996, but most sites *still* commit these basic usability bloopers.