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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A delightful and very usable book . . .

The only website design I've done is for two sites of my own (one small-business, one for hobbies and such), plus family-photo-type sites for a couple for family members. (The fact that I learned to do this stuff in late middle age seems to astonish people, especially those much younger than me.) But I'm a heavy web-surfer and I'm always interested in design issues generally. Krug has a knack for pointing out things that seem obvious in retrospect, and the wit to keep your attention even while you're making mental notes. He takes you through the process of figuring out what people want in a website -- and then discovering what they *really* want -- but he doesn't take sides in religious arguments (pull-downs, Flash, top vs. side navigation bars). Rather, he describes to look at the possibilities and discover what works best when. The book itself is also very "usable" -- short enough to read on a plane trip, filled with real world examples, amusingly but helpfully illustrated. And I already have a list of changes I plan to make to my own little covey of websites.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Decision Modeling with Microsoft(R) Excel (6th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Larry R. Weatherford
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fast shipment. I ordered on Jan 13 and received on Jan 15.

Very fast shipping. Would buy from again.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
AMAZING. The Brady Games team outdid themselves this time.

This is the perfect guide. The bestiary is absolutely 100% perfect, and even includes photographs of all the monsters. The world map is even more detailed than the one you receive when you buy the game. Brady Games worked hand in hand with Square when they created the game, and so Brady knows every nook and cranny in the game. You'll even be told how to beat Ruby and Emerald Weapon, something very few of us could've done on our own. I would totally recommend this guide. I have looked at the other ones and it is the best by far.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Equally strong on usability and design

Unlike many books on usability or on web or interactive design, "The Design of Sites" covers both aspects in equal depth. It is well research, with hundreds of examples, and it is written in concise language with oodles of cross-references to other sections. The book is very attractively designed, and works well from start to finish or with random soundings. Above all, it is comprehensive in addressing all design problems, yet brief and to the point on the many "patterns" (which could just as well be called "topics") it covers.
Perhaps not the first book a new web designer should read, but a good candidate for the second one -- it is certainly of great interest to anyone who has begun to grapple with the many design challenges of web development.
Highly recommended.