It's the Users, Stupid

It’s always nice to read a good article on web usability that talks about the differences in browsing habits and skills between web power users (most of us web developers) and the rabble. Design for the rabble in public spaces, I think, is the key here. I’m working on a partial redesign of some sites at work, and I really need to keep this in mind. When we had the big badness in August, I redesigned all of our sites in about a week. That I did it that fast AND did it in CSS (no tables to speak of) was fairly impressive. However, some of my design decisions weren’t good ideas or well-reasoned. I’m now going back and re-examining some of those decisions as I fix some things. It’s more than a tweak, yet less than a full-blown redesign.