Jakob Nielsen used to be a guru. There used to be a time when having a Nielsen book on your shelf showed you had cutting-edge experience in the web design world. Are there any designers working in the corporate world that still feel this way?
He's old hat. He's useful to start with - but his advice just keeps getting worse and worse. I was recently e-mailed a link to Mr. Nielsen's views on weblog design - and I wasn't impressed. It crossed my mind that, considering my lack of design skills, that an attack on Nielsen was a bit like an ant threatening an elephant.
That only works if Nielsen's work stand up to my critique - so I'm going to write it down - and if my critique runs true, you have to wonder what kind of guru can't write a list that even little ol' me can't take down.
The very idea that Weblog design is akin to website design is the first sign that Nielsen is working in a medium of which he knows nothing. I may not be a designer - but I sure as heck am a blogger.
The critique is below the fold: