“Don’t Make Me Think” Book Review

The book brought up simple concepts that we tend to overthink. Which explains the name of the book “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug.

I wasn’t sure what to expect by reading this book. But I’m glad that it was generally a quick read.

I liked that there were bullet points, graphs and pictures. I’m a visual learner, so it helped keep me engaged while reading it.

We need to be useful, learnable, memorable, effective, efficient, desirable and delightful.

Throughout the book, the author tells us ways to make our websites easier to use. All of the tips can be applied to people who have websites for different purposes.

Like street signs being big so that you can read them from across the street. They’re also usually conveniently places over our heads.

We don’t realize that things like this are done intentionally, but it’s a universal way for people to understand what is going on.

For example, having pictures for street signs is a universal way for people to understand that there is a school nearby without being from that state or even country.

Or even having a home button to allow a user to “reset” if they’ve gotten lost navigating the website. The “Home” page of the site should also let the user know the purpose behind the site.

The “Home” page should also have accessible and have easy to read tabs. There should also be an indicator to let people know what page they are on.

This could be done by having a specific tab highlighted or font of a page that the user is on to increase in size.

The book also mentioned that we should constantly observe as many people as we can. By seeing what people like and what they are responsive to, you can cater your website to your customers.

By conducting usability tests, it allows ordinary people to critique your website. This will give you insight on how easy your website is to use.

The book also gave details that may seem minor, like allowing the user to see where the cursor is. It’s really annoying when you’re on a website and you have no idea of where you’re trying to navigate to.

It’s also important to allow viewers to zoom in or out on a website. You don’t know if your viewer has poor eyesight, so your website should be able to adjust to them.

Having a good tagline lets users have an easier way to identify you or your product. This can also be achieved by having a recognizable logo. If people know what your logo looks like, they can tell what your website was created to achieve.

Overall, I liked the book. I think it provided great advice that will allow me to brand myself. Having a website made a lot of the tips valuable to me. I also liked that the book was easy to read and wasn’t over complicated or lengthy. It made sense for the book to be simple like the advice that was given.

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