Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, 2nd edition
Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think is the one, best book that teaches you to how to think about your users, and it always will be. If you’re going to buy one and only one book, that would be the one.
However, if you’re looking for the best introduction to user experience, Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web is the book you should buy.
A comprehensive introduction
In Blueprints, we collected the key user experience issues and wrote an introduction to each. To that extent, I believe we’ve published the single, best, one-chapter introductions to business and user requirements, navigation, application flow, page layout, and search.
We’ve also included the single best introduction to social media design you’ll find anywhere.
You’ll learn how to approach each of these issues and how to best use personas, scenarios, site maps, wireframes, card sorts, and the ever-popular sitepath diagramming.
This isn’t a book about design. It’s about the architecture behind the design. We take you from concepts, requirements, and needs all the way down to laying out the page and stop just short of individual page elements. This is the book to read if you’re a product manager, engineer, visual designer, or student looking for a quick on-ramp into the world of user experience.
Learn the way you learn best
As book-lovers, Christina and I wrote a book that would be both easy and a pleasure to read, warm, and inviting. It’s obsessively crafted for reading and for readers; every point illustrated with clear examples.
It’s a quick read at approximately 250 pages, but almost half of the book consists of full-color screenshots and diagrams. We were obsessed with including visual examples for everything so you can see the concepts while you read them.
Not the first edition
It’s not the 1st edition. Not even close.
The chapters on search, navigation, application flow, and social media are completely new. The rest of the chapters has been totally revamped, rethought, and re-explained with new examples from the modern world. (And several chapters from the first edition were cut entirely.)
I’m really proud of the book we put together. So proud, that I never feel smarmy when I recommend it to people. If you’re looking for an introduction to user experience, I heartily suggest you check out Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web.