- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 3 edition (January 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321965515
- ISBN-13: 978-0321965516
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Steve Krug (pronounced "kroog") is best known as the author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, now in its second edition with over 350,000 copies in print. Ten years later, he finally gathered enough energy to write another one: the usability testing handbook Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems. The books were based on the 20+ years he's spent as a usability consultant for a wide variety of clients like Apple, Bloomberg.com, Lexus.com, NPR, the International Monetary Fund, and many others.
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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Wow, I just saved you a bunch of money.
Update: It's now April of 2017 and I am reading all of the 5 star reviews that appeared after my original review...hmmm, a lot of them look fake to me. Maybe the Russians?
The quality of writing is nothing to be marvelled at, somewhere around grade 3. The advice is O.K., but after the first 20 pages it feels like this seemingly short and condensed book is dragging on and on.
The chapter on testing is so-so. However it could have been accomplished in 1/3 the space, without the silly examples.
The chapter on usability is way outdated and the present browser zooming makes some of the concepts obsolete. Some advice is useful, but it's buried in words.
From the usability perspective, this book on usability is not very "usable". The author tries to be funny (and sometimes succeeds) instead of conveying key-points. There are no main concepts or anything that you can take away from some parts of the book, except for a strange chapter titles like "Don't throw the baby out with the dishes" (which I think are meant to be funny).
For a much better coverage of the importance of testing and rapid prototyping I would actually recommend "The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses". The book is not really about web-design, but it conveys the need for some of the things that "Don't make me think" glosses over in a much greater depth. The writing and jokes are also far superior to that of Steve Krug.
For the programmers, CC2 should scratch all the right places to get the curious about the right things. I know it's a "bit" bigger but you would be a poor programmer if you did not read it anyway.
For designers, a course/book in/on design/typography should be much more useful allocation of their time.
My "test" of this book determined the following low hanging fruit:
-Low level of writing
-Too much wordiness
-Not enough key-points/solid ideas
In the end I think this is an ok average book, for an average sit-at-home web-designer which will maybe improve your web-site. Sadly it does not leave you with any desire to pursue the subject, and you are left with a few "band-aid" solutions and no reasonable foundation or ideas of your own.
I think this book should be read by anyone involved in the website development. Is is easy to read, very practical, full of suggestions and colorful illustrations. I particularly liked a comparison of website sections to street signs, and the idea that there is always "just one more thing". I have to admit it, this book is both informative and entertaining.
Now, I am reviewing the third edition published in 2014. Currently, it is November 2016, so, inevitably, some information is no longer of current interest. Mr. Krug talks about a mobile version of websites, but the book was released before Google's "Mobilegeddon", therefore, not having a mobile site isn't even an option anymore. In the same chapter, he assembled a camera using a lightweight reading lamp and attached detailed instructions and photos. It just made me laugh )) Does it really need the instructions? Besides, why not use a GoPro?
Having said that, I really enjoyed the book. Yes, sometimes, it might a little bit too obvious , but it doesn't diminish the fact that this a very useful reading material for all your team members working on a new website. Have fun!