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Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 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
on September 10, 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 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 I will admit that some of the examples are a little out of date, but Steve's approach towards usability goes beyond examples and really makes you think about the user.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' useit.com (also quoted in this book). Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
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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on November 18, 2010
Targeted at the novice level, this book is a great read for anyone looking to enter the UX field, or looking to have a more informed conversation with a UX professional.

If you are already familiar with UX terms and procedures it's still an interesting read, as Krug writes with a very conversation style, and injects a lot of humour into the text. There will certainly be a handful of new insights to be gleaned, and the chapter on accessibility and the reading list at the end are worth the price alone.

I am particularly impressed with the amount of online support that accompanies this book, including whole chapters of material left out from the previous edition. I would highly recommend reading the additional material he makes available on his website, as it really fleshes out the practical application capabilities of the knowledge he is imparting.
A great value at the price; buy a copy for yourself, and one for your favourite designer friend. They'll thank you for it!
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on July 27, 2013
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. The book was the right fit at the right time. Our team was in the middle of designing webpages where I was the least knowledgeable person. This helped me see issues we were facing, like trying to cram all types of things on the home page above the fold.

Making the purchase was easy, I got the sample than it seemed like exactly what I needed to solve my lack of usability knowledge. I recommend to all internet entrepreneurs who are the 'business guy' trying to understand web development.
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on December 11, 2009
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
on January 11, 2013
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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on May 28, 2013
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 mean, you HAVE to think about it if you're the designer/developer who's in charge of deciding the structure and look of it).

The principles in this book are really important. It's small size make it easy to read and it's a lot more entertaining than other books like Jacob Neilson's Web Usability...
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on April 1, 2013
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.

The only flaw from my perspective is the portion on usability testing, which doesn't apply to freelancers or non-business owners. Unless you have the time to get several people to test your site there just isn't any relevance.

Good read.
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