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A trip to the bad neighbourhood

I usually hang out in the good neighbourhoods of the web – you know, the IA, usability, good corporate, good product sites. I sometimes think that the web is improving and that it’s actually a pretty usable place.

But today I visited the bad neighbourhood looking for some sites to use in a usability evaluation workshop. Wow – it’s still very scary out there! Sites with no credibility, terrible colour contrast, broken links and unreadable writing all over the place. I left slowly and quietly and returned to the nice places.

It is a useful thing to do occasionally – it reminds me of how other people experience the web and just how far we have to go for this place to be safe and secure.

Luckily, it’s still not as bad as walking through a bad neighbourhood in real life…

(Note: please don’t tell me that neighbourhood is spelt wrongly – I’m Australian, and that’s how we do things ’round here)

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