Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (Google eBook)

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Pearson Education, Aug 5, 2009 - Computers - 216 pages
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Five years and more 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.

Three New Chapters!
  • Usability as common courtesy -- Why people really leave Web sites
  • Web Accessibility, CSS, and you -- Making sites usable and accessible
  • Help! 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 more 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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An excellent introduction to creating usable websites. - Goodreads
The book itself is designed so it is easy to read. - Goodreads
There are pictures on almost every page. - Goodreads
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Highly Recommended!!!!
Great read, if your a web or app developer this book is a must. This book points out ways to keep things simple and focused.

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I don't come from a graphical design background, but Mr. Krug's points rung true with the engineering, aesthetics, and usability philosophies that all technologieans encounter eventually. The use of whitespace, understanding the "user's perspective", or identifying the important+immediate aspects of creation while deprioritizing/re-prioritizing the unimportant+immediate distractions and important+not-immediate sinkholes.
It's easy to read this book and think to yourself "of course, that's obvious", but when we look at the bone-yard that is our internet... it's obviously not that "obvious". To be fair; improving standards, collaborative development and communication of those standards, making protocols open, and most importantly adhering to those agreed upon standards... not to mention standing at the edge of what had ever been done before. At times, the situation and outcome has been understandable-- maybe even forgivable.
It's time to clean it up though. Mr. Krug is leading the way with his sensible analysis and affable demeanor. If not for yourself then do it for me, for Mr. Krug, for the next generation of internet users... stop polluting our shared resource with crappy /useless drivel.
Only you can prevent "poor technology design".
 

Contents

PREFACEAbout the Second Edition
Foreword DONT MAKE ME THINK AGAIN
INTRODUCTIONRead me firstTHROAT CLEARING AND DISCLAIMERS
CHAPTER 1Dont make me think
CHAPTER 2How we really use the Web
CHAPTER 3Billboard Design 101
CHAPTER 4Animal vegetable or mineral?
CHAPTER 5Omit words
CHAPTER 8The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends
CHAPTER 9Usability testing on 10 cents a day
CHAPTER 10Usability as common courtesy
CHAPTER 11Accessibility Cascading Style Sheets and you
CHAPTER 12Help My boss wants me to _____
Recommended reading
Acknowledgments
Index

CHAPTER 6Street signs and Breadcrumbs
CHAPTER 7The first step in recovery is admitting that the Home page is beyond your control
Footnotes
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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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