Resources: Related Books and Websites
Other books that describe and discuss common Web design mistakes
- Tom Brinck, Darren Gergle, and Scott D. Wood,
Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites that Work.
Morgan-Kaufmann Publishers, 2001.
- Vincent Flanders and Michael Willis, Web
Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design by Looking at Bad Design,
Sybex, 1997. Describes common problems that plague websites, with
some real examples.
- Vincent Flanders, Son of Web Pages That Suck:
Learn Good Design by Looking at Bad Design, Sybex, 2001. The
sequel to Web Pages That Suck.
- Ellen Isaacs and Alan Walendowski, Designing
on Both Sides of the Screen, SAMS, 2001. Gives principles and
practices for good user-interface design, from the point of view of
both designers and programmers. Shows websites and other software
that violates those principles.
- Jeff Johnson, GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Dos
for Software Developers and Web Designers, Morgan Kaufman, 2000.
Describes common bloopers that make desktop software and websites
difficult to use. Although most of the bloopers occur in both
desktop software and on the Web, the examples are taken mainly from
desktop software. Includes a short chapter on Web-specific
- Steve Krug, Don't Make Me Think: A Common
Sense Approach to Web Usability, New Riders, 2000. Explains in
simple terms how websites should be designed, and why. Includes some
examples of design flaws, with suggestions for improvement.
- Jakob Nielsen, Designing Web Usability: The
Practice of Simplicity, New Riders, 1999. A very popular Web
design book that includes real examples of Web design problems.
- Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir, Homepage
Usability: Fifty Websites Deconstructed, New Riders, 2001.
Points out problems on the home pages of fifty real websites, and
describes how to fix them.
- Jared Spool et. al., Web Site
Usability: A Designer's Guide, Morgan Kaufmann, 1999.
Summarizes usability studies of several corporate websites. Includes
examples of problems.
- Douglas van Duyne, James Landay, Jason Hong,
The Design of Sites: Principles, Processes, & Patterns for
Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience, Addison Wesley,
2001. Mainly about patterns to use (and reuse) in designing usable
websites, but includes examples of mistakes to avoid.
Websites that show and discuss common Web design mistakes
- Web Pages That Suck (www.webpagesthatsuck.com) -- Vincent Flanders'
original site that pokes fun at bad websites and explains how to
avoid following in their footsteps.
- Fixing Your Website (www.FixingYourWebsite.com) -- Vincent Flanders'
business oriented alternative to Web Pages That Suck. Much the same
content as WPTS, but more polished, less irreverent, more bottom-line
- UseIt (www.useit.com) -- Jakob Nielsen's site providing
analysis, opinion, and design guidelines on Web usability. Includes
Nielsen's periodic reassessment of the "top ten Web design
- UI Wizards, Inc. (www.uiwizards.com) -- Web Bloopers author Jeff
Johnson's consulting company website features a "Web Blooper of the
- Dey Alexander (www.deyalexander.com) -- Usability consultant Dey
Alexander's website includes a "Web Bloopers" column focusing on
problems in websites.
- Theo Mandel (www.interface-design.net/Bloopers/bloopers.html)
-- Usability author Theo Mandel's website includes a collection of
user-interface bloopers, some of which are Web bloopers.