Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) 3rd Edition
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|A Pratical Guide to Simplicity||Master User Experience and Interaction Design from the Developer’s Perspective||Discover a Design Method that Starts with Content, Not Pixels||Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement||A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability|
|Title||Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, Second Edition.||The Joy of UX.||Designing Connected Content.||Adaptive Web Design.||Don't Make Me Think, Revisited.|
|Core Concept||Think about design from the user’s perspective; make things feel simple to use.||For modern developers, UX expertise is indispensable. Without outstanding user experience, your software will fail.||Content created just once can be structured and connected to appear all over the place and be reused and remixed.||Understanding progressive enhancement will enable you to visualize experience as a continuum and craft interfaces that are capable of reaching more users while simultaneously costing less money to develop.||Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on Web design and usability.|
|What You Will Learn||Simplicity is a discipline that can be learned. This book shows you how–with humor, powerful examples, quotes, and case studies.||"Dave has done an excellent job of explaining what developers need to know about UX, in a complete but compact, easy-to-absorb, and implementable form.” - Steve Krug, Author of 'Don't Make Me Think'.||An end-to-end process for building a structured content framework and how to plan and design interfaces for mobile, desktop, voice, and beyond.||How to build elegant, functional websites that work anywhere, won’t break, are accessible by anyone—on any device—and are designed to work well into the future.||The principles of intuitive navigation and information design.|
|About the Author(s)||Giles Colborne helped create one of the world's first commercial websites. He is a former President of the UK Usability Professionals' Association and now sits on their Global Advisory Committee.||David S. Platt teaches Programming .NET at Harvard University Extension School and at companies all over the world. He was selected by Microsoft as one of their Software Legends.||Mike Atherton is a content strategist at Facebook and Carrie Hane is the founder of Tanzen, which provides content strategy consulting and training.||Aaron Gustrafson is group manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and serves as an Invited Expert to the World Wide Web Consortium's Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA).||Steve Krug is a highly respected usability consultant who has worked quietly for years for companies like Apple, Netscape, AOL, BarnesandNoble, Excite@Home, and Circle. 'Don't Make Me Think!' is the product of more than 10 years experience as a user advocate.|
About the Author
His consulting firm, Advanced Common Sense ("just me and a few well-placed mirrors") is based in Chestnut Hill, MA. Steve currently spends most of his time teaching usability workshops, consulting, and watching old episodes of Law and Order.
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Steve Krug seems like a really nice guy. As a writer, he is NOT the person who will bludgeon you over the head and call you an idiot for not knowing the thing you're reading his work specifically to learn, an unfortunate habit that afflicts many writers of technology books and articles (I'm looking at you, Joel Spolsky). All of the figures and comics peppered into the book include full transcriptions. Nothing seems lost or out of place in the Kindle version either.
If you ever write user interfaces for anything from the Web to native software to even email newsletters with a lot of buttons and links, you should read this book. If you write the user interface for the Kindle review-writing page, you definitely need to read this book, because I can't scroll up or down within this text input.
To Krug’s credit, he’s right that a lot of his advice is so simple that it makes web usability look easy, and that the hard part is coming up with the simple principles. Having read “The Design of Everyday Things”, a basic understanding of graphic design, and spending a few months learning web usability before reading this book, I still had a few moments thinking “why didn’t I think of that? Its so simple!” Specifically about website navigation and organization.
So why is this book a disappointment? Everything I got out of this came from my first 90 minute reading session where he presents his principles. The rest of the book was about running your own usability test (which is basic) and web usability for mobile (where I didn’t see anything outside the realm of common knowledge). This book could easily be broken down into 3 blog posts (one of which I would highly recommend), instead its (currently) a $27 book. A great blog post. Not a bible.
Krug is an esteemed expert and author with a sometimes wicked sense of humor. He also has a down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to explaining the principles of usability as applied to websites.
Don't Make Me Think is a valuable resource for large organizations, small businesses, and individuals who need guidance for
(1) Launching a new website;
(2) Undergoing a website redesign; or
(3) Making corrections and enhancements for an existing site.
Available in printed or digital editions, Don't Make Me Think is a valuable guide for individuals who are starting small businesses.
I’ve also recommended the book to quite a few clients over the years—most of whom are leaving a corporate job to start a consulting practice—and they’ve been happy with it.
Now I’m back to read Steve’s refreshes ideas as I begin a much-needed website overhaul. Once again, his easy-to-read advice is helping me sift and sort through what’s most important: usability.
Top international reviews
READ THIS BOOK IF: you need quick tips for building a useful, functional website with clear copy. You run a business and are setting up a content team. You work in any department and wonder why you're at odds with the digital team.
I'm a content writer and this is a must-have for any - EVERY -digital media professional. Especially those of you having to regularly defend your decisions to a business that cares not for UX... guess that's all of you, then!
This book needs updating more often, but the fact that it can get away with a once-a-decade refresh shows that wisdom is timeless. It shows that the user-centred approach wins out over pure design and copy flights of fancy, and capricious business whims, every time.
A great buy though if you're a total beginner to this area and want to get clued up fast. Pretty concise and to-the-point stuff that's easy to digest.
If you produce any content or design that is seen by other people then you should read this book. Even if you're already doing half of what it suggests, there will still be something in it of value.
I can't believe I took so long to buy it!
This, and his other book - Rocket Surgery Made Easy - are valuable references for anyone interested in user interfaces and what makes a good one.