Essential Reading for Professionals and Hopefuls,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity (Taschenbuch)
Following Nielsen's suggestions to the letter, one would end up with the Web equivalent of the McDonald's cheeseburger...mushy and bland. But--also like that ubiquitous cheeseburger--always predictable, accessible and non-threatening. It's just an unfortuante truth that this is what it takes for a high-volume, low-maintenance commercial site, trying to support and attract existing and would-be customers or readers...every awkward point in a site's design is another potential to lose the customer's interest and/or loyalty. Go with the safe bet and they won't be disappointed.
If you're building the next UPS, CNN or Amazon.com, read this book and make it your Bible.
If, on the other hand, you just design personal web sites for fun, read what Nielsen has to say, but pick and choose as you like. Several places in the book, the author points out that his suggestions aren't optimal (such as using default link colors, or the use of a 'shopping cart' paradigm), but are simply the safe implementations that the user has always come to expect. It's only by bending The Rules now that we'll find new and better paradigms that will become the standard safe bet designs of the future.