Homepage Usability: An interview with Nielsen and Tahir

In Making the World a Happier Place, One Web Site at a Time, Webreference interviews Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir following the publication of their new book, Homepage Usability. NR: What would you both characterize as the most common misconceptions about what constitutes a usable website? MARIE: First, it really bothers me when people equate usability with a lack of aesthetics or being boring and that it's not creative. I think people forget how freeing good functionality and usability can be. It frees them to be creative. Still... useit is one butt-ugly site.