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Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Steve Krug
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Aug. 18 2005 0321344758 978-0321344755 2
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

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Yesterday's Web looked far different from today's Web, and tomorrow's Web will look more different still. Amidst all of this change, however, one aspect of Web use remains the same: The sites that offer the best, easiest, most intuitive experience are the ones people visit again and again. To ensure that your sites provide that experience, you need this essential guide from usability guru Steve Krug that distills his years of on-the-job experience into a practical primer on the do's and don'ts of good Web design.

In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters--in the same wry and entertaining style as the original--that explain why people really leave Web sites (Usability as Common Courtesy), how to make sites usable and accessible (Web Accessibility, CSS, and You), and the art of surviving executive design whims (Help! My Boss Wants Me to ____), plus a new preface and updated recommended reading.

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely amazing book... Nov. 11 2006
I am a embedded software developer, not a web developer. I have been always interested in UI design, and I simply just picked up this book based on the reviews. (I consider web page design to be mostly UI design. :-)

It is very easy to read. The author's writing is crisp. No useless whiz/buzz-word talk. The author's very insightful with respect to his field. I think the insights given in this book applies to other industries as well. For example, "throw out half of the words, and throw out half of what's left" section should be applied to any technical documentation. (The chapter basically says, "cut the crap, get to the point.")

Thanks for the good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, poor binding Sept. 10 2007
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The content is great and the book lives up to its reputation.
I am very unhappy with the binding (New Riders) for this 2nd edition, however. Not more than an hour into reading the book the binding is falling apart at several places. Now I have a book I thought I'd keep a long time barely being kept together with several pieces of scotch tape.
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By Ash
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug and Prioritizing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen are two great books on web usability. I own both, and without hesitation I would recommend them if you wish to improve your websites for your visitors.

If your are directly involved with designing websites, usability, or analytics, I would recommend Jakob's book to you. However, if you are an online marketer or a businessman in a hurry wanting to learn important aspects of usability, to see how it could effect your website, its appeal and ROI, Steve's book is a short, sweet and informative asset to your business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very useful book April 23 2013
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I thought this book was great. It was full of great tips and examples, written in an informal, easy-to-digest fashion. Lots of ideas that you could put into practice right away and explained very clearly. Terrific if you want to get right down to work on your website and make some quick and easy changes. Also good ideas for longer term stuff. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provides some good principles to follow Jan. 11 2013
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The book provides some basic usability advice and conventions that can be applied to a web property to increase user experience. It is an easy book to read and can be consumed in a few hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Feb. 15 2012
What can I say, this book is great if you have a small budget and you need to get results on a dime. The authors approach is very practical and just makes sense. I liked the book so much, I bought the sequel. I will admit that some of the examples are a little out of date, but Steve's approach towards usability goes beyond examples and really makes you think about the user. Other resources you might like are Jakob Neilsons' (also quoted in this book). Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for web designers May 4 2009
I design web applications (not web sites) for a living. Although this book is aimed at web site designers, much of the insight and advice in this book also applies to web app design. This book is enjoyable and easy to read. Reading this book made ME think - in a good way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Sept. 22 2009
I found this to be a great book! It was insiteful and intuitive, best of all it provided decades of experience in web design do's and don'ts. It just seemed to be packed from front to back with insightful little nuggets of golden info.
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Published 1 day ago by Shaquilla
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book on this topic.
Krug breaks down design issues into the logically simplest terms that are easy to convey on to clients and project teams. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Dyck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very eye-opening
This book does a great job of illustrating how people use the internet, what they are looking for, and what they will avoid. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Schwende
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the basics of web design
Great book on the main things to consider when developing a website. As someone new to web design, I found this book's explainations of all the aspects of making a website to be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Web Design Book
This book has a lot of helpful tips and very informative. I find it helpful to know what is good for the web and it has examples of good websites versus bad ones. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Usability For Dummies for the Business Guy
I bought the Kindle version of this book. At the time I was desperate to figure out how to build one of these seemingly mythical 'usable' web apps. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christopher Hollister
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Bought this book for 1st semester of Business Communications and used it NEVER. Was told to read it, but felt completely pointless.
Published 15 months ago by Dominic Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference
I've read that book few years ago (then sold it and finally bought it again) and it's a real must if you need to think about the user's experience when developing a web site (I... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nelson Therrien
4.0 out of 5 stars A straightforward book for web designers
The content of Don't Make Me Think is simple and that's why it works. Many fundamental design principles are included and Krug breaks them all down in simple English. Read more
Published 18 months ago by thebuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
My teacher recommended this for us so that's might be a good book. Also I think this is useful for who else want to know about how peoples thinking when they surf the internet
Published on Sept. 24 2012 by Alfred
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