- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (18 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321344758
- ISBN-13: 978-0321344755
- Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 1.2 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability Paperback – 18 Aug 2005
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Five years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it's hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn't read Steve Krug's "instant classic" on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day. In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original: wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veteran alike. Don't be surprised if it completely changes the way you think about Web design.
Three New Chapters!
- Usability as common courtesy -- Why people really leave Web sites
- Web Accessibility, CSS, and you -- Making sites usable and accessible
- Help! My boss wants me to ______. -- Surviving executive design whims
"I thought usability was the enemy of design until I read the first edition of this book. Don't Make Me Think! showed me how to put myself in the position of the person who uses my site. After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.
In this second edition, Steve Krug adds essential ammunition for those whose bosses, clients, stakeholders, and marketing managers insist on doing the wrong thing. If you design, write, program, own, or manage Web sites, you must read this book." -- Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards
About the Author
Steve Krug is a usability consultant who has more than 15 years of experience as a user advocate for companies like Apple, Netscape, AOL, Lexus, and others. Based in part on the success of the first edition of Don’t Make Me Think, he has become a highly sought-after speaker on usability design.
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It must be said, though, that Krug's idea of usability is usability for Americans. He assumes we all come from the same place, speak the same language, use the same language scripts and so on. He dismisses web forms in a couple of sentences and international web site users in even fewer. In terms of international viewers of web sites, some of his advice is downright damaging.
Read this as an introduction to usability, but look further too - otherwise we will never be rid of the scourge of the required "State" field in forms ...
Some of the points appear to be common sense and obvious, but only once you've read them!
I would describe this book as a must-read for web designers.
It's a very easy read and doesn't complicate matters with technical jargon, but instead relates to everyday tasks such as likening finding a product on a website to looking for a chainsaw in a hardware store. It examines the way we use the internet, it highlights that people don't use websites the way the designer intended and that we don't `read' websites, we scan them. It covers popular, common-sense solutions to these issues and uses clear, well-illustrated examples. It also talks about simplifying usability testing so you do enough of it, and uses some real-world examples to demonstrate.
It is an essential purchase for anyone involved in website creation and there are three new chapters in the second edition that help justify a new purchase if you already own the first edition.
But I can assure you that after reading/viewing it you'll have at least several ideas how to improve usability of your website and be able to better understand users - what they like and what they don't, how the regular user is browsing Internet.
Web usability is feature about many web designers don't think enough or not at all resulting in websites that are maybe nice or full of information but unusable.
The book starts with introducing of several guiding principles, followed by design patterns and tools which would help you improving website efficiency. Throughout all book the author insists on usability testing and where the book excels is that many examples are illustrated to see where and how the actual websites were enhanced. It's great to see that author is realist, he knows the usability testing could be very expensive, due to that he gives tips to designers how testing can be done cheaply, even with 10 cents per day.
I liked the most simplicity of idea he brought with sentences like:
- It should be very clear what is clickable
- Get rid of half the words, then get rid of half of what's left
- "The trunk test" - if you've been blindfolded and locked in a car trunk, you should be able to answer these questions about a site immediately when your blindfold is removed: What site is it? What page am I on?, What major sections does this site have?, Where can I go from here?, Where am I in relation to the rest of the site?, Where can I go to search?Read more ›
I would give this book a big thumbs up.
I particularly liked the "fixed" versions of home pages with the description of the "problem areas". All the other points covered were very clearly explained and easy to take on board. Particularly useful sections covering home page design and testing sites for usability.
I bought four books about usability recently and this is easily the best.
Now, the beta version of my site is running I can actually see how much it was improved by following the hints this book gave me. And it's written in a way that even someone that don't work with this kind of thing can understand. Great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though the internet and its protocols moves at a fast pace, leaving some aspects of the book understandably a little dated, the basics are invaluable and immediately useful and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. P. Hudson
Easy reading and very useful even if you're not an ux designer!Published 4 months ago by Catarina Dóris Mendes de Oliveira de Carvalho
I've worked in the UX space for a few years now, but still keep referring back to this. Really easy to digest, quick to read, entertaining. Fantastic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jimmy Samurai
If you read one book on web usability make it this one. It's spot on every single time. Even the 1st and 2nd editions are still completely relevant.Published 6 months ago by TB
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