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Jakob Nielsen

Jakob Nielsen, Ph.D., is a User Advocate and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group which he co-founded with Dr. Donald A. Norman (former VP of research at Apple Computer). Dr. Nielsen established the "discount usability engineering" movement for fast and cheap improvements of user interfaces and has invented several usability methods, including heuristic evaluation. He holds 79 United States patents, mainly on ways of making the Internet easier to use. Read more about Jakob

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Repurposing vs. Optimized Design

May 21, 2012

It's cheap but degrading to reuse content and design across diverging media forms like print vs. online or desktop vs. mobile. Superior UX requires tight platform integration.

Computer Screens Getting Bigger

May 7, 2012

Reasonably big monitors have finally become the most common class of desktop computer screen, dethroning the 1024x768 resolution that was long the target for web design.

Best Application Designs

April 23, 2012

Winning app UIs include domain-specific solutions that allow humans to focus on deeper issues while the software takes care of the mechanics.

Mouse vs. Fingers as Input Device

April 10, 2012

The mouse (desktop computer) and the finger (touchscreen) each has unique strengths and weaknesses. Thus different UI designs are best for desktop vs mobile.

Mobile Site vs. Full Site

April 10, 2012

Good mobile user experience requires a different design than what's needed to satisfy desktop users. Two designs, two sites, and cross-linking to make it all work.

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