it’s not his birthday Jakob’s Nielsen’s is actually October fifth, making him a libra like yours truly. It’s another dane’s birthday…. but the thought remains the same. As we mock, remember to thank as well…
orginal post Though we all like to scream about his pronouncements or catch him when he makes an error in his own rules, it’s time everyone who has a job relating to human factors to acknowledge that Jakob Nielsen’s tireless promoting of usability is very likely the reason our bosses or our clients are willing to consider allowing usability testing.
Jakob paved a road for us to drive down made of his controversial titled alertboxes (“flash is 99% bad” anyone?), his scholarly and his accessible books, and his innumerable keynotes and commentary in the press.
He shoved usability into the web culture consciousness, fought against the painfully gratuitous bells and whistles that accompany a new technology, helping cure those glaring flaws with reasoned advice. He undoubtedly helped the web mature into the admittedly adolescent but pervasive and oh-so useful medium it is today by reminding us all that someone was going to want to use the damn thing.
So I want to say, Happy Birthday Jakob. What about adding a few more items to your Amazon.com Wish List so we can say thank you properly?