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A Project Guide to UX Design: For User Experience Designers in the Field or in the Making [Paperback]

Russ Unger , Carolyn Chandler
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March 23, 2009 0321607376 978-0321607379 1
“If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you. "  -- Chris Bernard, User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft

User experience design is the discipline of creating a useful and usable Web site or application—one that’s easily navigated and meets the needs of both the site owner and its users. But there’s a lot more to successful UX design than knowing the latest Web technologies or design trends: It takes diplomacy, project management skills, and business savvy. That’s where this book comes in. Authors Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler show you how to integrate UX principles into your project from start to finish.

• Understand the various roles in UX design, identify stakeholders, and enlist their support
• Obtain consensus from your team on project objectives
• Define the scope of your project and avoid mission creep
• Conduct user research and document your findings
• Understand and communicate user behavior with personas
• Design and prototype your application or site
• Make your product findable with search engine optimization
• Plan for development, product rollout, and ongoing quality assurance

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“If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you. "
 
Chris Bernard, User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft
 

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321607376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321607379
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent UX resource April 1, 2009
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A Project Guide to UX Design is a book that defines the micro and macroscopic views of user experience design and its role in the project life cycle. Russ and Carolyn do a great job of reiterating what the core of user experience design is as well as identifying the different roles that utilize it. The book covers a lot of ground and takes a transcendental approach of showing the underlying purpose for each role in order to promote a synthetic comprehension of user experience design as opposed to shallow memorization.

The main target audience of the book are Information Architects, Interaction Designers, User Researchers, and other project stakeholders (Business Analysts, Content Strategists, Copywriters, Visual Designers, and Front-end Developers).

To make the contents more inviting, I've created an enclosing outline to provide abstract classifications for several groups of chapters.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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A great overview of user experience project approaches. This book provides insight as well as practicalities to both novice and experienced UX project team members.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you.

It's a crisp overview of all the foundational activities that you'll encounter as a UX professional.

If you've been practicing and in the UX field for a few years and want a good gut check to answer the question, "Am I doing this right" this is the book for you too. I don't think it will teach experienced professionals anything they don't already know but then again I don't think that was the goal of the book.

UX Design is really focused on how the work of UX designer gets done day to day and its focus on topics that some UX folks ignore, but are critical, like SEO and contract creation are refreshing. The best analogy I can think of regarding this book is that it reminds me of the excellent professional practice guides that the AIGA used to put out years ago.

There's a natural Web focus in this book but folks that are in the UX discipline in any realm should find it useful and perhaps essential reading.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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If you want a book about UX design, this is NOT it.

This book deals not with the UX design, but mainly with the process of selling UX design services. You will learn very little if anything about the actual UX design process you haven't read elsewhere, but you will learn a lot of useless vague things like how to create a proposal, that a written contract is important, and that you have to "gather ideas from stakeholders" (duh!).
The book is full of empty managerial words like "gather, facilitate, manage, provide insight", but contains very little actual UX meat. For example there are subchapters called "Solidify Project Objectives", "Outline Responsibilities" or "Prioritize and Define". There is even a chapter called simply "Facilitating".
Even if you can stomach such vague language, you will be disappointed with the content. The actual content regarding UX design is barely fifty-something pages - including a weak chapter on SEO.

If you want not to "facilitate and prioritize" but to get some work done, look elsewhere. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web or S. Krug's books were much more helpful for me in this regard.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Despite the title, this book looks to me to be clearly aimed at those just starting out, both in UX design and in design/development in general. A product or software development veteran is going to get very, very little new information out of this book, even if said veteran is light on UX design. Given that assessment, I am not happy with the subtitle about the book being for UX designers in the field. It's just not.

I struggled to find anything covered in the book that I didn't already know, and got perhaps one or two marginally useful ideas. The book is pretty thin to start with, and after you finish getting through the obvious and common sense observations/recommendations aimed at rank beginners, there just isn't much left.

If you have experience and want more depth on UX, particularly for software design/development, I think a good alternative to consider is Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services. It's a much thicker book, and while it contains some of the beginner stuff too, it goes well beyond it.

If this book's title had made it clear that the audience was UX design noobs, and if I had wandered across it in a reference section or something, I would have rated it higher. I'm sure they wanted to try and expand the audience, and created a title with that in mind, but quite candidly, I feel cheated by this book because I got so little out of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
A great book which gives the general basics and explains with great care (but not deep) the essential parts of how to handle a UX project, academical book, clear and easy to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by lele7design
5.0 out of 5 stars My bible
This book is my favorite. I look at it again and again and again. Buy it if you love graphic design.
Published 3 months ago by Keith Jeter
4.0 out of 5 stars all encompassing!
This book covers the whole process and leaves almost no subject uncovered. Must read for anyone in the User Experience profession.
Published 8 months ago by Ron McCranie
5.0 out of 5 stars Real-world vocational applications
I purchased this book as I was beginning to lane-change my career.
I found the strategies and theories immediately applicable, and found numerous passages which warranted... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jurgen Mantzke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Love this book! So much information I had not considered enough before building my sites. If you want to build professional and functional websites this book is a must. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by sWoods
5.0 out of 5 stars User Expreience
Excellant guide to enhance your knowledge of UX Design as well as assist you in beginning out in the UX Design field.
Published on April 6, 2012 by iamjustbill
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book for UX practitioner
I found this book is just right book for me as a front-line UX designer. very helpful to read before starting a research or design project.
Published on March 6, 2012 by P. YANG
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good starter book
I have been in graphic design for the last 10 years, but was never trained in User Experience work. This book was a great help to me in learning the thought process and methods... Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Man of Glass
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview with Additional Tidbits
This book has a great overview of the various players in the uX world. Although it is heavily targeted to website development, even and embedded uX Designer can learn some nice... Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Chris Harden
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid catalog of basics
I found this to be a well organized and articulated book of common sense targeted at the project aspects of design projects (rather than at the actual design). Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by GARY SMITH
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