Don’t Make Me Think

Despite not being a very thick book, Don’t Make Me Think contains a great deal of excellent advice on web usability. It’s also very entertaining to read, and you’ll find yourself recognising a lot of the situations described. I really love the comic strips that illustrate the endless discussions that occur in almost every project or team. The book starts by going through basic usability guidelines, all the time explaining why one way of designing something is better than the other. The last few chapters explain how you can do your own usability testing without breaking your budget. This is a very helpful book that will only take you a few hours to read, and make you look at websites in a new way.

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Author: Steve Krug
ISBN: 0789723107

Posted on September 15, 2004 in Reviews


  1. Gah, I’ve seen that book a million times while browsing amazon for related books i might like to buy, but you just pushed me over the edge and nows its on its way.

    I brought a load more memory for my pc today aswell after feeling it was starting to slow down tooo much (Hey when you have 3 screens, thats a lot of real estate to have open a million programs!)

    I feel today is one of those spending spree type days - quick somebody hide my credit/debit cards (Doh! amazon and ebuyer have them stored, never mind i did try Mr(s) Bank Manager)

  2. I’ve also recently read this book and can confirm it is really good. I find books written on subject matters such as usability and accessibility so much easier to read than say straightforward programming language specific books. This may be due to these books, like Don’t Make Me Think, having a fun narrative and good writing style.

    The only problem with this book is that it makes you want to redesign your site as you recoil in horror when you realise you’ve made so many usability errors on your own beloved site.

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