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Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability 5 out of 5 stars

Steve Krug

book cover AbleStable 5 Star Award Provides answers to questions about the right way to design web sites by focusing on usability issues. This handbook presents principles that should be kept in mind when evaluating site usability and are based on user research.

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Book Description

This handbook presents the principles that are important to keep in mind when evaluating site usability to enhance a visitor's experience. Based on exhaustive user research, this book will be the first such title to present conclusions drawn from real data rather than theory and upposition. Don't Make Me Think! will provide much-needed answers to perennially debated questions about the right way to design Web sites by focussing the debate on real usability issues rather than from design turf wars. It will boost the reader's "usability IQ" so they can detect usability problems in the sites they manage, design, build, or pay for.

Written in a conversational style, profusely illustrated, with powerful but clear down to earth explanations of easy-to-understand examples, Krug will cover such topics a how to think about usability, how to develop a sensibility for what works and what doesn't, how to perform usability testing on a shoestring, getting designers and web developers to work together, and navigational guidelines.

From the Author

Even if every Web site could afford a usability expert (which they can't), there just aren't enough of us to go around. So I tried to boil down what I've learned over the years (principles like "Don't make me think" and "Get rid of half the words on each page, then get rid of half of what's left") into a short, profusely illustrated book‹one that even the guy who signs the checks (the one who looks at the site when it's ready to launch and says "I hate green. And there should be more big pictures.") might read.

From the Inside Flap

"Some books will open your mind. Don't Make Me Think goes further: it will open your "boss's" mind (and wallet) to investing in web site usability And it does so quickly, gently and with humour. So buy your boss a copy. Better yet, take advantage of the volume discount and order it for everyone who's involved in any way with your company's web site."‹ Louis Rosenfeld, author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

About the Author

Steve Krug is a widely accomplished usability consultant who works with such companies as Apple,, AOL, and Netscape. Krug has written, designed, and illustrated dozens of user manuals. He has been a design consultant for Apple Online Services, Symantec, and the Interactive Bureau.

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AbleStable® Review
5 out of 5 stars

This a very well crafted book. Steve Krug effortlessly guides the reader through usability issues with the aid of superb examples and illustrations. When AbleStable® was in its' development stages this book was never far from our hands, reminding us of the principles and strategies in developing great web sites. We have no hesitation in recommending you add this slim but perfectly formed work to your library.

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