Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug [oct2012]
The "bible" of web usability in its second incarnation. A couple of ideas or reminders from the book:
-- Make the site natural to the user and his actions
-- Build billboards not newspapers
-- Make stuff visible and easy to determine what's its function to the user
-- "Get rid of half the words on each page, then get rif of what's left"
++ Make the site natural to the user and his actions
++ Build billboards not newspapers
++ Make stuff visible and easy to determine what's its function to the user
++ "Get rid of half the words on each page, then get rid of what's left"
++ Home page is really an important starting point in the design, although everybody wants to have its saying about it.
++ make clear what's the mission of the site, easily done through displaying a tagline (5-8 words)
++ make sure the home page conveys just the main objective of the site and not an in-depth review of what the site does
++ have a clear separation of the main tagline, categories, description, search and others
++ usability: testing earlier is better and cheaper than doing it at the very end of the project
++ to get a new perspective on the site you're building, you must test it
++ testing some parts by even 1 user is better than no testing at all
++ focus groups help establishing the target user group of the site before the design phase starts
++ try to involve different people from different teams in order to get more traction and involvement during the (usability) testing
++ ask the tester to do some specific tasks besides
++ After the walkthroughs review/go over the notes as soon as possible