Web Design Book Review: Don’t Make Me Think

No I’m not trying to wiggle my way out of listing the best web design books. The post title is actually the title of one of the best web design books anyone can read - Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug.

The great thing about this book is that the “common sense approach” is something that is understandable to everyone. Reading the book will benefit everyone from web designers to website owners who know nothing about web design. Those who have an advanced knowledge might not think they can learn more but might actually be pleasantly surprised at the enjoyment refreshing one’s “knowledge base” can bring. If you feel like you won’t learn anything new at the very least you’ll enjoy the book’s humour.

On the other hand, those who do not have any background on web design will find this book not too difficult to read since it doesn’t contain any code and presents usability concepts in a way that won’t stress your brains. If you don’t believe me just read the glowing customer reviews on Amazon.

A quick list of some of the things you’ll learn:

  • First Law of Usability - Don’t make me think. Users want websites to be self-explanatory. They want things to be intuitive. Don’t make them think!
  • User habits such as the fact that most users do NOT…
    • read. Instead they simply scan pages so you should avoid being wordy.
    • take time to learn how things work.
  • Simple usability tests; and
  •  a whole lot more…

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