Jakob Nielsen is a writer, speaker, and consultant on software and web-design usability. In 1991, when the Web was relatively new, Nielsen correctly predicted that hypertext was the future of user interface design and jumped on the bandwagon by writing a comprehensive book about it: "Hypertext and Hypermedia."
After his regular articles on his Web site about usability research attracted media attention, he subsequently co-founded usability consulting company Nielsen Norman Group with fellow usability expert Donald Norman.
Nielsen is a controversial figure within web usability circles for what some believe is a dogmatic approach to usability principles that favor simplicity over creative design.
His published books include:
- Hypertext and Hypermedia (1990) (ISBN 0125184107)
- Usability Engineering (1994) (ISBN 0125184069)
- Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity (1999) (ISBN 156205810X)
- Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed (2001) (ISBN 073571102X)
- Prioritizing Web Usability (2006) (ISBN 0321350316)
- useit.com — Nielsen's website
- Nielsen's biography
- Publications by Jakob Nielsen from Interaction-Design.org
- Grand Capitalist article
- List of articles by Jakob Nielsen
- Jakob Nielsen Interview
- Jakob Nielsen - Userati
- An open letter to Jakob Nielsen
- How Usable is Jakob Nielsen?
- What if Jakob Nielsen had a blog?