After reading “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug, the title is truly fitting. An overall concept in the book is making websites user friendly, therefore by not making the users think as much as they should have to. In order to have a good website you first need to start with that principle and base everything off of that. Things that can make a website easier to navigate are colored links different than the rest of the text on the page, headers, buttons that are easy to read and understand, as well as other grouping organizational methods.
By not having to “think” as the reader, Krug also points out the importance of usability. The website should be able to be navigated by a person of “average” ability for its purpose and not cause the user to get “frustrated”.
“Self-evident” and “self explanatory” are also other concepts that Krug puts importance on. For a website to be successful and useful it should be self-evident and self explanatory, which goes along with its usability. It should be easy to use and easy to understand.
It is very important to make sure the user can “scan” the website and find what they are looking for. Because most people don’t take a great amount of time reading a website, it is recommended by Krug to design a website page like a billboard. Keep the same design throughout the pages, keep things in groups, keep areas defined and clear, and keep things clean.
Going along with this idea of keeping things to the point for optimal user scanning, good websites do not have unnecessary text. When a page has too many words, it can cause the user to be leery of reading the page or article and leave the website. If a user can’t find what they are looking for easily, like a keyword for example, they will also leave the website. A good website should be useful to the reader and should make the reader want to visit because of its accessibility.
A user also should not have to use an excess amount of clicks to find what they are looking for. They can not see how large a website is from the home page, so it is a better idea to keep buttons and links clarified and available so that users can get optimal accessibility.
I think reading this book while beginning a blog is a great idea. It is important to organize your pages and words from the start so that the whole site can have a cohesive feeling. This cohesiveness causes a feeling or organization and ease when looking at a site. For me, it was helpful to learn this information and get tips in order to make my blog more visually pleasing and more easily navigated.
Not only is the visual cohesion important, but also the style in which you write. I think that by keeping things neat and to the point, you avoid excess material that is not important to the user and is practically a waste of time for both the writer and the reader.