Reviewed August 23rd, 2006 @ 01:07PM
Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug is a great resource for a deeper understanding of web usability. The title of his book says it all, and his writing style reflects it perfectly. A short read — but jam packed with great information.
What I like most about this book is the author’s approach. Many times those discussing usability will step on toes left and right, and do it intentionally. Steve’s approach is much more simple, and gives great insight into how websites are used. There is no pointing fingers or condemning you if you commit a usability ‘sin’. He simply shows some of the common mistakes — backs up his claim with statistics — and then shows possible solutions. So, while I felt guilty in some chapters, I didn’t feel like I was getting beat over the head. He does a great job of handling usability with care.
One of the most valuable parts of this book was it’s section related to usability testing. Steve removes the myth that you need thousands of dollars to complete usability testing. He even gives you a transcript of a sample usability test session. He discusses different methods and approaches to getting the most out of your usability testing. His insight here made the book worth every penny (plus some!).
If you are looking for a book that is a quick read and filled with great information related to web trends and usability, then this book is for you.