Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Don t Make Me Think A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability Five years and than copies after it was first published it s hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn t read Steve Krug s instant classic on Web usability but people are still d

  • Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
  • Author: Steve Krug
  • ISBN: 9780321344
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Five years and than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it s hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn t read Steve Krug s instant classic on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and praFive years and than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it s hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn t read Steve Krug s instant classic on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veteran alike Don t be surprised if it completely changes the way you think about Web design With these three new chapters Usability as common courtesy Why people really leave Web sitesWeb Accessibility, CSS, and you Making sites usable and accessibleHelp My boss wants me to ______ Surviving executive design whims I thought usability was the enemy of design until I read the first edition of this book Don t Make Me Think showed me how to put myself in the position of the person who uses my site After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.In this second edition, Steve Krug adds essential ammunition for those whose bosses, clients, stakeholders, and marketing managers insist on doing the wrong thing If you design, write, program, own, or manage Web sites, you must read this book Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards

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    1. Steve Krug

      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 300,000 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, Lexus, 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.


    1. Well, this is an absolute gem of a book. I picked this up the day after finishing Beautiful Code and to be honest, really wasn't in the mood for any more particularly heavy content for a few days.But Steve Krug makes the topic of web usability genuinely entertaing. He holds a light writing style with a touch of wit that helps to keep your attention from cover to cover. Add to that the short size of the book at only a couple of hundred pages, and the vibrant but clear layout and you've got a book [...]

    2. عندما فتحت المساحة المخصصة للمراجعة كنت أنوي الكتابة بالإنجليزية، لكن دافع قومي ربما جعلني أكتب بالعربيةالكتاب جيد و دمه خفيف، وشرحه واضح جداً، لكن موجه بشكل كبير للمواقع التجاريةلكن مثلا المواقع الحكومية، المواقع التعليمية كلها تحتاج معايير لقابلية الاستخدام تختلف عن ا [...]

    3. كتاب مميز و بسيط جداً فكرته قائمة على العنوان " لا تجعلني أفكر " فهو يعطي فكرة لكل مبرمج أو مطور للمواقع أن يقدم موقع للزائر بحيث يكون الموقع بسيط و سلس و واضح دون حاجة ذلك الزائر لإن يدخل - بالحيط - حتى يتمكن من فهم قصدك كمبرمج للموقع .و حتى إن لم تكن مبرمجاً يمكنك بكل بساطة التعا [...]

    4. I read this handbook on Web usability for work related reasons. It was originally published in the early 2000’s, shortly after Jakob Nielsen’s Designing Web Usability. Both Krug and Nielsen have since become (along with Steve Jobs and Jony Ives, at Apple) the head honchos of Web Design.This short and highly readable book covers topics such as: how people really use websites (they don’t actually read, they like to scan and browse mindlessly… but we already knew that, didn’t we?), how to [...]

    5. MUST READ for anyone with any say over the look & feel of a commercial web page (designers, managers, marketing people, executives, etc.). It's a quick and easy read and is like having my own web usability consultant. and LOTS of other sites should have their managment teams read this.

    6. I was predisposed in favor of this book because it's the most-voted-for on the UX Stack Exchange. It wasn't all I'd hoped it would be. If this were the first text about usability I'd read, I might have gotten more out of it. As it was, the overwhelming majority of the topics presented seemed patently obvious to me.One thing this book has going for it is its brevity. Before agreeing to publish a second edition, Krug insisted upon first discovering what could be removed from the first edition so t [...]

    7. این کتاب رو خودم یه نگاهی فقط بهش انداختم اما یکی از دوستان خلاصه‌ای رو ازش در اختیارمون گذاشت.درسته که کتاب نسبتا قدیمی محسوب میشه اما نکات مهمی توش هست و به عنوان لیستی از چیزهایی که باید/نباید رعایت کنیم رو در بهمون میده. برای شروع یو ایکس میتونه مفید باشه.

    8. This book is what it states - a common sense approach to web usability.The book lays bare the facts, that - 1. Users do not read the text in a web page.2. Users muddle through a web page, no matter how well thought out the layout, and menus are.And as a designer, your task is to take these two facts into account when designing your website.The author, Steve Krug, is very perceptive. While this is evident throughout the book, what did it for me was the footnote about the Site ID being on the top [...]

    9. An excellent introduction to creating usable websites. As the title states, every website’s design and functionality should be so simple that people barely need to think to use it. The book’s 2nd edition is from 2005, so some examples are dated, but the concepts are quite relevant. This was a fun read due to its straightforward style and Krug’s humor.When I started looking for web design books, Steve Krug’s classic on web usability frequently appeared at the top of most lists, along with [...]

    10. Ironic that this book makes the reader think - think about design and views on life, all at once. An excellent book for stimulating the brain to think and view the world in new ways.

    11. Books about design need to pass one critical test. They must be well-designed, and this book is. Among the bits of knowledge Krug sprinkles, good web design is like the layout in a big box store, you should be able to look up and find signs that point you in the right direction. There is one crucial different between a brick and mortar store and its online counterpart: if you can’t navigate your way to what you want in a store, you can always ask someone. On the web that’s not possible, so w [...]

    12. In this book, Krug shows you how to make things easy for visitors to your site by making sure everything on it is obvious at a glance and easy to find and get to. And he practices what he preaches - I picked this book in large part because of its clear, attractive, reader-friendly design. It's a quick read, but you may want to take your time on it a bit to make sure you fully register everything he says.There are applications of what he says far beyond web design. I teach pronunciation, and know [...]

    13. Don't Make Me Think A Common Sense Approach To Web Usability, Second Edition, Steve Krug-- ReviewDon't Make Me Think is a book about web usability. Usability is basically how easy it is too efficiently use a website. It tests how to make a website easier for the average visitor.This book gives you insights into how to make a website easy to use. The first principle is to make your website as obvious as possible. For example, if the visitor is looking for employment information, it should use the [...]

    14. I had a pact with some fellow web nerds at work to read a book on usability to improve our websites. I chose this one because, like a good website, it had short pages and a lot of white space. I was pleasantly surprised to actually enjoy the content as well as the writing style. It is concise, informative, practical, and humorous. Whereas Jakob Nielsen’s classic usability books are chock-full of statistics and details, this book is a new approach to usability, stripped down to what is practica [...]

    15. This book lays out some clear and obviously effective principles of usability that I would definitely look over before tackling interface design. Krug reminds us that ‘ease of use’ is easily the make or break deal for any website. “It’s a fact: People won’t use your web site if they can’t find their way around it.” Here we get proof again, that user experience is the key to any successful type of website.While some of the stuff may be obvious, or maybe just be obvious to me, I foun [...]

    16. Usability hardly concerns strictly web use. This tidy introduction and exploration on the subject is a great background to many of the buzz words heard in the creative and development team departments. Also, makes many design decisions easy by providing research based and diplomatic responses to many territorial squabbles that arise when sites are designed/redesigned. It provides logical guided procedures for any stakeholder to understand the overall objectives of the website and make business d [...]

    17. I bought this book because I needed a quick overview on usability testing. It succeeded on that front. I even had no issues skipping to the usability testing chapters, reading those first, and coming back to the rest of the book: each chapter is pretty self-contained.Steve Krug's book is a classic for a reason. Great overview of a lot of topics, including pointers for where to dig more deeply into usability testing, accessibility considerations, etc. Very high-level, simple, clearly-written advi [...]

    18. What I liked:- The simple language used to explain normally complex matter;- The good humour, examples and metaphors the writer uses to explain things. They really work.Now the bad parts: - I find the information in the book to be a little too simplistic and common sense. Even for people with only interest on the area of web usability they may find that they already know, or at least thought in a very similar way when they browse daily;- I understand that this isn't a scientific book and the aut [...]

    19. This was a great book for a starting point to website UI design. I have been designing websites and web bases applications for years and haven't ever stopped to think about usability, the 1st impression, and how to accomplish these effectively. Before reading this book I though I knew all there was to design, however this book has provided me with some additional needed insight.This was a quick read, I expected this book to be very lengthy and provide design principles and examples. But what thi [...]

    20. The book was a short, quick and easy read that can easily be finished on a plane ride. It's in full color with a couple of helpful diagrams, but I mostly found the comics in it annoying and patronizing. A lot of what Krug brings up in the first half seems like common sense, but he does delve deeper into some points, which may be helpful for some.The most valuable information I found in Don't Make Me Think was the little quizzes in the middle of the book where readers are presented with sample we [...]

    21. A no nonsense approach on how to design web sites to be as effective as possible. The second edition adds information on treating users well and designing for accessibility while trimming the focus on how to conduct usability testing. It has been a number of years since I first skimmed this book and I found the changes welcome. My biggest complaint with the book continues to be a lack of a summary or checklist on the high level points with references to where the topic is covered in more detail. [...]

    22. I absolutely love it when non-fiction books don't try to be so heavy in their content, and are able to communicate fascinating material with humour, tact and intelligence, and this book fits the bill to a tee. I loved the style of writing, and for a book that was required reading for university, came away actually learning something and not feeling like it was a chore to pick it up, I even looked forward to it.I loved the length too - too many authors seem to love the sound (sight?) of their own [...]

    23. I'd bet most people could pick up a thing or two from it no matter how much web experience you have. Also, its a fairly short book, which was good. Still I think i was thinking it would have been more focused on best practices in web design, and it was a bit broader than that. More of a jumping off point than anything else.

    24. My old roommate Michael gave me this - its kinda 1999 but totally relevant, and a great starter to learn about web UI.

    25. A refreshing read. I read through the 2nd edition about 10 years ago and I’m glad I jumped back in this year. I often find myself evaluating designs by asking “How would I know how to ” and I think it’s effective but Steve Krug reminds us that kind of evaluation only goes so far. If you design a product you have to watch people try and use it to understand how it’s working and how it isn’t. Highly recommended. Fun bonus for me: this edition mentions WordPress in the chapter on access [...]

    26. Includes a lot of good points, so works well as a handbook for people interested in or doing webdesign or usability. Some points I knew of beforehand, while others were new to me, including chapter 11 about accessibility and 12 about what to do if your boss wants a design that you don't believe will work. The book is from 2006 so uses examples from old websites, however, the points made from these sites can still be helpful. It will be a book that I will be continually look back on once in a whi [...]

    27. An excellent book that makes the reader think. Some quick highlights: 1. Use conventions unless you are genius.2. Use visual hierarchies. 3. Break pages into clearly defined areas. 4. Make it obvious what’s clickable and what’s not. 5. Eliminate distractions. 6. Format content to support scanning. Favourite quote – “Clarity trumps consistency”

    28. This book definitely falls in the category of "I whish I've read it 10 years ago". I'm happy I finally did. Well, better late than never. It's a very short and entertaining read and learned a lot of practical things about usability on the web. I'm more than happy to recommend this timeless classic.

    29. It's a good book for people starting to learn about UX, and people that works near of someone that works with UX.

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