Interview with Jakob Nielsen

By Deane Barker on November 26, 2002

Digital Web magazine has a good interview with Jakob Nielsen where he discusses — among other things — his changing views on Flash and how his Alertbox called “Flash: 99% Bad” rankled Web designers all over the world. He is much more conciliatory towards Flash these days, it appears:

“…there has been a change in strategy from focusing on annoying users with intrusive bells and whistles to a much more constructive focus on developing rich Web-based applications. Flash is now a GUI construction kit with support for client-server functionality across the Internet, which is something we have needed for years. … Taken together, the changes in Flash over the last two years are a major triumph for usability and proof that big companies can be made to listen.”