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Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition) Paperback – Aug 18 2005
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Vary basic stuff. Presented very nicely and in a very fun way.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is short. The book is written in an easily understandable way. I don't it adequate for someone who wants to take the web design or development seriously. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joslll
An outstanding book. Brief, very readable, but with a wealth of concrete useful information. Good for website owners AND web professionals.Published 16 months ago by Michael Linehan
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