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Use It is widely regarded as Spartan and perhaps ugly, but it is eminently usable. I bet most readers get in and out with more recall of key appreciated content in less time than the ever-so-popular "5 wordpress plugins to make your site shiny" style of bloggers.

And I bet Jakob N has 1tested this question extensively as well.

Oh and on his home page I stumbled on a link to a page with his own (better) explanation: http://www.useit.com/about/nographics.html

It's not the lack of graphics that I find unwieldy, it's the fact that the content seems dumped onto the page with only a cursory thought towards hierarchy. I look at it and see an impenetrable wall of content, which I personally find difficult to sift through.

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