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Jakob Nielsen for President, 2004
The election of 2000 was decided not on questions of policy or character, but usability, proving that I was right all along about the evils of unfamiliar and overelaborate user interfaces. Oh yes. In this matter, I have concluded that it is now insufficient simply to browbeat everyone into buying the book, and so will offer my services to a needy nation (at a substantial discount on my usual consultancy rates) in 2004.
The recent controversy over the design of ballot papers in Palm Beach county, Florida, demonstrates the importance of clear and consistent design principles, supported by a prolonged period of quality assurance testing, and a strong executive led by a infinitely wise "philosopher king"-type figure.
As we can see from this illustration, our weak democratic system encourages poor design. Note the catastrophic failure to obey my simple usability rules.
I expect that within four years my ideas will be widely accepted, and the American people will be fully prepared to vote me as permanent God-Emperor of USAbility. Failure to obey this prediction will result in more catastrophic deaths due to poor interface design.
You have been warned.
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