(Book Review) Don't Make Me Think, Revisited


Overview

Review Published: May 17th, 2016.

From usability expert Steve Krug comes the standard for understanding usability across the web and mobile devices.

Usability principles and how to implement them, user-testing, and accessibility concerns are all covered here in an easy-to-approach way that is fun to read.


Rating:

Four and a half out of five.What does this mean?

(Incredible Idea, Presentation is Entertaining)


Difficulty:

Easy (Straight-forward presentation, no industry jargon).


Length:

200 pages.


Where to Get It:


The Good

  • Over 20 years of experience; when it comes to usability and user-testing, Steve Krug is a proven leader that has shared his insights all over the world through his books, conferences, and demos (you can see one of them here).
  • Conversational and approachable tone; while dealing with some lofty concepts and the means of implementing them, Steve keeps things fun by using simple, non-jargony language with a good dose of humour.
  • Theory is backed up with practice; virtually every concept that is addressed is backed up with concrete examples that are easy to follow.

The Bad

  • One or two technical concepts aren't given examples; while a quick Google search solves this, it initially creates a little bit of confusion about what the author is talking about (i.e. "Skip to Main Content" links in Chapter 12).

The Bottom Line

  • This is a great resource for learning about usability and user-testing; apart from the content in the book, Steve regularly provides his own recommended "further reading" (i.e. books and free articles) that give anyone new to UX, user-testing, or usability in general a great place to start.
  • A classic made even better; now including usability considerations for websites and mobile devices, this is a complete high-level overview of the field of online usability.
  • A must-have for your UX library; while other books may cover user-testing more comprehensively (i.e. Steve's other book "Rocket Surgery Made Easy"), this one hits a perfect balance between introducing why concepts are important and what to do when testing them.
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