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Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 Wiley (first published May 25th 2012)
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Sabrine Tizaoui
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good content. Precise, filled with real world examples which make the points memorable. I particularly apprecciated the questions to ask yourself at the end of every chapter, very helpful for a usability testing. I recommend.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-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
Rob Marchant
May 01, 2015 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.
Dec 13, 2014 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.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-ux
Slow to start, and then I began enjoying the easy to digest advice and anecdotes about a third of the way through. I would like more practical advice on applying usability research. While the advice seems like common sense - then why doesn’t my cell phones company accept my credit card with their new website redesign?!? I have no idea, and no error messages, MetroPCS probably needs this book.
Eugenia Sergueeva
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very well written book. Highly recommend to people who care about other people and for those who are interested in how to make things better and pleasant to use.
Jun 21, 2013 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.
Sander S.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
saw Eric speaking on conference on the same day I'm finishing this book - such a nice and inspirational person. a lot of these things were not so new, as i've worked as product manager for some years now, but the tone of the book was very nice and personal, examples were nice, and the breakdown of UX to 10 key aspects is helpful. also very nice bibliography/further reading recommendations at the end of the book.
Nov 27, 2013 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.
Nov 25, 2013 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. ;-)
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
A very dense overview of usability with plenty of tips for designers, could be organized a bit better as it is hard to scan this
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good introduction for someone who isn't familiar with usability. Reiss uses examples that everyone can follow.
Kat Steiner
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Really great first book on usability - very quick and easy read, with lots of clear chapter endings for applications and funny true stories.
Andrew Leede
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Good read, helpful for current professional exercises. Will consult again.
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