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User Experience: Practical Techniques, Vol. 2 by Smashing Magazine

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9 Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design

By Dmitry Fadeyev

By now, all good designers and developers realize the importance of usability for their work. Usable websites offer great user experiences, and great user experiences lead to happy customers. Delight and satisfy your visitors, rather than frustrate and annoy them, with smart design decisions. Here are nine usability problems that websites commonly face, and some recommended solutions for each of them.

1. Tiny clickable areas

Hyperlinks are designed to be clicked, so to make them usable, it makes sense to ensure that they’re easy to click. Here’s an example of links that are far too small; clicking them is harder than it should be. These are the comments links on Hacker News1, a social news ...

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