Web Design Tips from Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" Workshop

Oct 5, 2005 • 1:30 pm | comments (4) by twitter | Filed Under Web Design Tips
 

Fans of the book, "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug may like this review of a recent workshop blogged by Jonathan Broome in Brainspill

In the entry, Don't Make Me Think: The Workshop, With Steve Krug - Notes and Opinions, he recaps some of the tips and design guidelines presented at the workshop. Topics include On Graphics/Colors, Working with Programmers, Forms, Layout, Graphics, Order and more.

If you haven't yet purchased the book, a second edition is now out with more chapters. It's a popular favorite web design book and one of the few that makes you laugh your head off while you're learning new stuff. (Why couldn't school be this way?) Broome comments on it:

"Get the 2nd edition of the book, by the way. Chapter 12’s "Help! My Boss Wants Me To ___." is worth it. I was asked (just the day before leaving for the trip, actually) to "add some pizzazz" via flash/music, and this chapter gives expert testimony to back up your natural "Ugh, do I have to?" reaction."

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Comments:

SEO Point

10/05/2005 09:22 pm

What does this have to do with SEO?

Justin Britt

10/06/2005 12:01 am

SEO is only the first part of an online marketing strategy. Once people find your site, you have to ensure that the website is usable and that people do what you want them to do. Why are you spending the time and money on SEO? We had a client come to us for SEO. I took a look at their site logs and saw they had a good amount of traffic coming in. Then I looked at their site and could see why they were only selling $500 in services off the site a month. 3 months later, we launched a redesigned site for the client and they did $32,000 in sales that month without any substantial increase in traffic. I have many other stories like this. So back to your question, what does site useability have to do with SEO? EVERYTHING!!!

SEO Point

10/07/2005 05:29 pm

This is an SEO site, not site design. Since site design does have an impact on SEO it is relevant to talk about. You need to do a better job of tying it back to SEO, if you cant this isn't the place to post it. The audience here is interested in SEO first. There are other blogs for usability and design.

Barry Schwartz

10/07/2005 05:41 pm

I asked Kim to post here on usability topics. There is a <a href="http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/cat_usability.html" target="_blank">usability category</a> here since day one of the site. She is our usability guru and I feel the majority of the readers benefit from her posts. She offers insights we might not get otherwise.

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