- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 3 edition (January 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780321965516
- ISBN-13: 978-0321965516
- ASIN: 0321965515
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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The author is a consultant making his living evaluating others' web sites. He approaches evaluation from the standpoint of the user seeking to fulfill user needs. The quintessential marketing approach.
The book steps us thru the mindset needed to focus, foremost, on the user's experience and the user's goals in accessing a web site. The title of the book refers understanding users' well enough so that a web site is written to be essentially self-evident -- thus avoiding forcing to THINK about what the web site wants or expects. What is expected is just...obvious.
He steps thru many of the means that web sites use to provide such an experience, focusing heavily on effective site design & navigation. He also strongly recommend reducing verbiage by 75% as a rule.
All in all, I found his focus on the user & his attention to a site's navigational structure to be very useful. Thru his experience, he is able to provide both positive & negative examples of these and other points thruout the book.
This is one author that I sense I trust his judgment and enjoy his writing style. As one measure of that, I've already purchased a few of the books he highly recommended in his "Recommended Reading" section. Those, too, appear to be excellent books written from the same place with the user in the center.
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.
It's a refreshing reminder of staying focused on the reader.
Steve Krug's book is all about taking a common sense approach to web development, especially usability. He wrote that there's no such thing as an average user, everyone is different. So, as you can imagine, developing great websites that appeal to most people is almost like climbing Mt Everest wearing sneakers. It's a lot harder than it looks.
Mr. Krug has created an easy to read, conversational guide on what usually works in attracting visitors to a website, and to keep them returning. He points out some of the pitfalls, like how everyone wants to get their finger in the pie of the Home page, to the point where it could become bloated and useless.
Heard of 'Street Signs' and 'Breadcrumbs'? You will when you get to the part about making sure visitors know where they are and where they're going on a website. As much as people hate getting lost in a shopping mall, the same is true on the web.
There's also a substantive section on usability testing. How important it is, but also how it's not necessary to go overboard with it as well.
While it doesn't take long to get through this book, which happens to include useful illustrations and cartoons, you do learn a lot of things in this bestseller.