I wanted to post some thoughts about Steven Krug’s book, Don’t Make Me Think, which is a popular seller about web design.
More and more teachers and educators are asked to design digital content, and although this book focuses on web design, all of its content is applicable to designing and building digital content for education. Educators are often asked to build digital courses with little to no training, and that is often a recipe for disaster. The solution, of course, is to learn how to build better digital content. The subsequent problem, however, is that we often have so little time to get the required training. So when an easy-to-digest, short book comes about design, I think it’s worth sharing. I’m a big fan of Robin Williams’ books on design, and this book reminds me of her style. You can read the entire book in a couple of hours, tops, and I bet you’ll pick up a half dozen tips to make your courses better. Well worth reading!
Especially beneficial to me was the time devoted to quality control and usability testing. He has some good suggestions on how to do this in a practical, cheap, and efficient manner. I’m planning to implement many of these ideas into my own work, and hope to promote his thinking in professional situations. (As an aside, I’ve also ordered Rocket Surgery Made Easy, his book specifically on usability testing.)