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Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better

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The A-to-Z guide to spotting and fixing usability problems Frustrated by pop-ups? Forms that make you start over if you miss a field? Nonsensical error messages? You're not alone! This book helps you simply get it right the first time (or fix what's broken). Boasting a full-color interior packed with design and layout examples, this book teaches you how to understand a use ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published May 25th 2012)
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Steve
Jul 31, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fitbit-office
This book had been sitting in my To Read pile for a while and I'm glad that i finally got to it. It reminds me of Donald Norman's Psychology of Everyday Things (newer editions being called Design of Everyday Things). Reiss discusses usability both in the virtual world and the real world, which is useful both because the principles of good web design are not that different from good design of physical objects and also because there are many cases of things people do that span the two (for example ...more
Susan
Dec 19, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
A good overview for creating usable products and services. I now feel compelled to document all the user unfriendly encounters I experience.
Rob Marchant
May 08, 2015 Rob Marchant rated it liked it
There were some good tips in this book, but they seemed few and far between. Also I found that Reiss has a tendency to deviate from the topic, and usually accompanied it with shocking attempts at humour.

On the whole though, the book is worth a read, just for the few hidden gems within its pages.
Kat Steiner
Aug 22, 2014 Kat Steiner rated it it was amazing
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Really great first book on usability - very quick and easy read, with lots of clear chapter endings for applications and funny true stories.
Mishaal M
Jun 21, 2013 Mishaal M rated it really liked it
Very colloquial. A page-turner. I would highly recommend this to people interested in design - let alone user experience design. As Eric Reiss himself states in the book, it changes way you see the world around you, forces you to start thinking about how fundamental design flaws can be corrected, and to understand how products can be improved to make them more usable for whoever your end-user is. Examples are from every-day life and easy to relate to.
Loren
Jun 27, 2014 Loren rated it liked it
Shelves: web-design
Usable Usability is written in a nice conversational tone, and hits on some good points. The main drawback of the book was that it often felt like it discussed the obvious without taking it a step further to build on core usability concepts.
Sarah
Nov 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Great resource. I liked the questions at ask at the end of every chapter, and the section on things to Google, or other resources. Great conversational tone that made this very readable. It's a very usable book. ;-)
K.c.
Oct 02, 2013 K.c. rated it really liked it
Good introduction for someone who isn't familiar with usability. Reiss uses examples that everyone can follow.
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