Don’t Make Me Think: A Book Review

In his book “Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability”, Steve Krug provides a set of guidelines for web design that includes making web pages self-evident and self-explanatory.

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Introduction

In “Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability”, Steve Krug presents a quick, easy-to-read, step-by-step guide on web usability. In just 200 pages, Krug covers everything from information architecture to design and layout to writing for the web. He offers tangible advice and tips that are easy to understand and put into practice.

The Problem

I read the book “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug and I wanted to share my thoughts on it. The book is about making websites user friendly and understandable. The main idea is that website users should not have to think about how to use the website, it should be simple and easy to understand.

Krug goes into detail about how to design websites using real world examples. He talks about how important it is to use common design conventions so that users will know what to do without thinking about it. For example, if you have a button that says “click here”, users will know to click on it.

He also talks about how important it is to use good typography and layout so that users can easily scan the page and find what they are looking for. Overall, I thought the book was very informative and well written. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in web design or wants to learn more about how to make their website user friendly.

The Solution

The book, “Don’t Make Me Think” provides a solution to the problem of design that is both simple and obvious. The book is separated into two sections, the first of which is devoted to the principles of effective design. In the second section, the author provides detailed instructions on how to put these principles into practice.

The Book

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug is a book that every web designer and developer should read. The book covers the basics of user experience and design. It is an easy read with great tips on how to make your website more user friendly.

The Author

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability was written by Steve Krug and first published in 2000. Steve is a consultant specializing in user interface design. In addition to Don’t Make Me Think, he has also written Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems.

The Audience

This book is written for people who design websites. That includes web designers, web developers, web producers, web project managers, web marketers, information architects, and anyone else who is involved in the planning, designing, building, or maintenance of websites.

The Pros

There are many things I like about “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug. The book is an easy read and is full of practical advice for designers. I especially appreciate Krug’s focus on user experience and his insistence that designers should always keep the user in mind.

One of the things I like most about the book is that it is short and to the point. Krug doesn’t waste any time getting to the heart of the matter and he doesn’t try to cover too much ground. He sticks to his area of expertise, which is web design, and he provides plenty of examples to illustrate his points.

Another thing I appreciate about Krug’s book is that it is full of common sense advice. Much of what he says just makes sense, and it’s the kind of advice that every designer should keep in mind. For example, one of his central tenants is that designers should always think about how users will interact with their designs. He also advocates for simplicity and usability, two things that are often lacking in complex designs.

Overall, I think “Don’t Make Me Think” is a great book for anyone who wants to improve their web design skills. It’s packed with useful information, but it’s also short enough that it can be read in a single sitting. If you’re looking for a practical guide to better web design, this is definitely the book for you.

The Cons

The main con that I have with “Don’t Make Me Think” is that it doesn’t offer much in terms of specific design advice. There are a lot of generalities, which is to be expected given the title, but I would have liked to see more examples of good and bad design. The other thing that bothered me was that the book was clearly written for people who are new to web design. If you’re already familiar with the basics of usability and user experience, you might not get a lot out of this book.

The Bottom Line

“Don’t Make Me Think” is a book about web usability and design, written by Steve Krug. In it, Krug covers a variety of topics related to making websites that are easy to use and navigate.

The bottom line is that “Don’t Make Me Think” is an essential read for anyone involved in web design or development. It is full of practical advice that will help you create websites that are both user-friendly and successful.

Further Reading

As you continue your journey toward becoming a better web designer, you will inevitably run into someone telling you that you need to read Steve Krug’s book, *Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability*. And they would be right; it is a great book. Krug’s writing style is conversational and easy to read, yet he still manages to pack a lot of useful information into just 200 pages.

If you are just getting started in web design, *Don’t Make Me Think* will give you a solid foundation in many of the important principles of good design. If you have been designing sites for awhile, it is still a worth reading as a refresher and to see if there are any areas where you could stand to improve. Either way, it is an enjoyable and informative read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to make their websites better.

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