Usability design is one of the most important though often least attractive tasks for a Web developer. In Don't Make Me Think, author Steve Krug lightens up the subject with good humour and excellent to-the-point examples.
The title of the book is its chief personal design premise. All of the tips, techniques and examples presented within it revolve around users being able to surf merrily through a well-designed site with minimal cognitive strain. Readers will quickly come to agree with many of the book's assumptions. For example, "We don't read pages--we scan them" and, "We don't figure out how things work--we muddle through". Getting to grips with such hard facts sets the stage for Web design that then produces top-notch sites.
Using an attractive mix of full-colour screen shots, cute cartoons and diagrams, and informative sidebars, the book keeps your attention and drives home some crucial points. Much of the content is devoted to proper use of conventions and content layout, and the "before and after" examples are superb. Topics such as the wise use of rollovers and usability testing are covered using a consistently practical approach.
This is the type of book you can blow through in a couple evenings. But despite its conciseness, it will give you an expert's ability to judge Web design. You'll never form a first impression of a site in the same way again. --Stephen W Plain
Even if every Web site could afford a usability expert (which they can't), there just aren't enough of us to go around. So I tried to boil down what I've learned over the years (principles like "Don't make me think" and "Get rid of half the words on each page, then get rid of half of what's left") into a short, profusely illustrated book--one that even the guy who signs the checks (the one who looks at the site when it's ready to launch and says "I hate green. And there should be more big pictures.") might read.See all Product Description
This was the first book I read about ux and it made me become a UX designer! It's that goodPublished on Jan. 13 2013 by Vedge
Geez, I wish every web designer would read this book. Most websites are just terrible. It's true, who wants to think when they just want to find information or use a website. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2005
This book is a definite MUST HAVE for any website designer, newbie to web design and anyone and everyone who has an online business. Read morePublished on June 22 2004
Some products are hard to improve upon. For example, I believe cars will have 4 wheels for centuries to come despite the fact that it is possible to produce cars with 3 or 5... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by mr_goodwill
This book is one of the most magnificently written books I've ever read. It's written in such an easy to understand way, and in simple terms so that EVERYONE can understand it! Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Andrya L. Feinberg
I have been either programming or designing functionality for websites for almost 10 years. This book was the wake up call I needed. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Mike
I'll make it simple, like this book's title :)
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I loved this book, it was simple to read, funny, and informative. Not only have I used it for my University degree, I've used the principles in my work too! Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Kiera Scott
If you are just starting out on web usability - this book is a great jumpstart.
If you are only planning to buy one book on web usability, and don't know which one to get -... Read more