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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2000
I've been a usability engineer/information architect for 8 years and have read many books on both GUI and web design. I'm sorry to report that this book was disappointing. It took me only a few hours to breeze through and I came away with very little that was new to me and with the perception that this book was light on substance. Perhaps this is because I have been in this field for so long. However, I just finished reading Jeff Johnson's "GUI Bloopers" and, even after designing GUIs for so many years, I learned so much from Jeff's book. If you are new to this field, Krug's book will help but make sure to read "Designing Web Usability" by Nielsen, "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" by Rosenfeld and Morville, "Designing Large Scale Web Sites" by Sano, and "Web Navigation" by Jennifer Fleming. I also recommend Johnson's book on GUI design. So many GUI Design Principles are directly applicable to good web site design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2001
I found this book way too basic, and I'm not a web designer by any stretch of the imagination. I think most of the principles found within can be understood simply through the process of using the web over a few years. For example, here's some breaking news from Krug's book: "_tabs_ are a good idea!" Gee, could that possibly be why every other major site uses them? Guess what else? _Amazon.com_ has a successful user interface!
Don't buy this book. There is very little groundbreaking information here. Useit.com and the Yale web design guide, along with the O'Reilly book on information architecture, are far more useful for ideas on usability. I think this book stands as an interesting relic of the years 1998-2000, during which there were simply far too many people designing e-commerce sites, and so inevitably creating too many bad sites.
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on March 20, 2001
i agree with a previous review that said the book was light on substance. it seems more of a statement of the way things are rather than *why* things are. and the last part of the book is all about do-it-yourself useability testing. as a designer, this had little relevance for me. i honestly don't know who i would recommend this book to.
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While this book might be good for web design newbies, it's definitely not for those with any experience. It does do a good job of covering the basics of web page design, which is useful for new designers. Experienced designers will be disappointed, however, because that's where it ends
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on February 5, 2002
Anyone in the web design business who doesn't already know the basics that are in this book is in the wrong business. I'm disappointed because I thought I might learn something new about web design and usability. This is the same old ugly thing. And lets face it most web sites are pretty ugly. They usually try to look like Yahoo or something like that because the whole idea is to grab investment money.
Why do Martha Stewarts magazines and books look so terrific and her website is so ugly? Why does Target do such fabulous television ads but when you go to the website it doesn't even look like the same company?
I'm tired of these ugly, crowded sites complete with tiny little postage stamp pictures, vile web safe colors, and silly banner ads. I want to see something intelligent and beautiful for a change, and I know I'm not the only one.
Steve Krug is obviously part of that "Web Design" group. Same old thing, same old people. The really talented graphics, advertising and media people are obviously not yet as involved as they should be in web design. I'm certain if they were we would be seeing more spectacular presentations.
I think Steve Krug got all of his friends to write five star reviews on this book. They obviously subscribe to the same boring philosophies. Why doesn't somebody create something clever and beautiful for a change, the way they do in television and print media land? That's a book I would buy.
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