Book Report: Don't Make Me Think!

Today I finished devouring (honestly, somebody told me my copy looks like it's been through the wars!) Steve Krug's excellent second edition of Don't Make Me Think!.
As an initiate to the world of usability, I have to say that Krug has done an excellent job making the book a fun, easy read, true to its mandate of being quick, digestible, and yes, even usable.

Three striking things about this book occur to me:

  1. Usability testing is far easier than I previously thought, and significantly more valuable than I imagined (and I imagined a fairly high use-value). I plan to build it into our regular web development process at work forevermore.
  2. Usability and accessibility go hand in hand, and Krug makes an excellent case for both being core to building great websites. Again, this is something that had not occurred to me, even though as the book says: It's the right thing to do.
  3. The hands-on exercises in both the chapter on navigation and the one about designing the front page

I originally bought this book in preparation for a short workshop on writing effective web content, based on many recommendations from colleagues. The chapter on writing for the web is excellent, and I knew there would be other useful content, but I was not prepared for how thoroughly valuable each and every page of this book really are.

If you play any part in building a website for yourself, for others, or for your employer/clients, you definitely want to read this book. If you can afford it, it's definitely worth the less than 30 bucks, but you are also very likely find it at your local public library.