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Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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A detailed guide expounding the principles and processes behind running a successful UX design operation.' (.net, September 2012)

From the Back Cover

Everything You Need to Plan, Research, and Design Great User Experiences

UX design is one of the hottest growth areas on the web. The demand for good UX practitioners has never been greater. A great user experience is now recognized as a fundamental quality of successful digital products. So how do you design great user experiences if you don’t have a UX expert on hand to help you? What are the key tools and techniques every UX specialist should have at their disposal?

Smashing UX Design is a practical reference manual for UXers, designers, developers, and product managers to refer to as the UX expert on their bookshelf.

Written by two of the UK’s foremost UX practitioners, Smashing UX Design provides you with a solid foundation in UX principles and practices. It includes ready-to-use tools and techniques for designing commercially successful digital products. You will learn how to satisfy users’ needs, meet their expectations and beyond. It covers all the bases, including:

  • Understanding User-Centered Design
  • Planning UX Projects and Evaluating UX Designs
  • Understanding User and Business Needs
  • Conducting Usability Testing, Requirements Workshops, Contextual Research, and More
  • Learning UX Design Tools and Techniques
  • Task Modeling, Information Architecture, Site Maps, Wireframes, and More
  • Design Recipes for Great UX Components such as Homepages and Product Pages

Smashing UX Design provides web designers and developers with all the tools, techniques, and practical, hands-on guidance they need to make their lives easier.

www.wiley.com/go/smashing

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470666854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470666852
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on August 13, 2012
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UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences is a good introductory book for anyone new to User Experience design and also new to projects or working with clients. More than one-half of the book is about the process of user design. For example, one chapter walks through reserving a conference room, having the proper equipment, planning an agenda---the type of tasks that a management trainee or junior project manager should already know.

UX Design: Foundations would be a helpful book for someone in a new or junior role that is unfamiliar with user experience design and wants to learn to help them as a team member in a small project. It will also be a helpful book for experienced project managers who have a user experience work stream as part of their project, and just want a general sense of the field.

As UX Design: Foundations focuses primarily on commerce sites, it is not as helpful for intranet, applications, or even complex sites. There are some elements that are important across all types of sites, such as information architecture, home page hints, etc., but again, all of these are at a high level.

UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences is a fast, easy read, and it's true to it's title in that it provides foundational information for readers to get a very high level perspective of user experience design and the process of working with clients and site users.
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Should be titled "Project Management of UX Designs for Very Large Websites", instead of "UX Design". 2/3 of the book consists of excellent details on web UX project management; 1/3 is webpages' UX recommendations, mostly on retail websites. For example, book writes more about workshop procedures to gather UX specifications than about webpages' UX specifications.

Authors are premiere UX consultants in Great Britain, hired by sizable companies, frequently retailers. They write from such perspective, dealing with websites with budgets covering several specialists including visual designer, developer, marketer, product managers, campaign managers, etc. Excellent tips on how to involve committees and consensus-building during web UX design. Not for smaller websites.

The book has weaknesses. 1. User design, I believe, should be tied into search engine and web marketing, and this approach doesn't. 2. The book is interested in profitability and returns on investments, but I feel it should have stronger emphasis. 3. Tie into social media in design is absent.

Incorrect title and profitability weaknesses--4 star.

Who would particularly benefit from this book?

1. Buyers of UX services would learn what UX people do.
2. A trainee for UX would learn a lot!
3. A web designer without a UX department who suddenly lands a large project.
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I love Smashing Magazine's website and use it for inspiration or to research something pretty frequently. I was excited to see what their book on UX would be like. I'm a little disappointed that it's more of a shallow overview and nothing really substantial. I think it's geared towards folks that are just starting out, to talk about the process. It's a bit dry and short of illustrations or examples. I don't have other UX books to compare it to but I have a feeling that there are better resources available. I'm mildly irritated by the super short chapters and lots of red header text that I find distracting. I'm sure there's some good information in here but I don't feel like sifting through the book to find it.
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This book is a great resource for people new to UX Design. It is definitely introductory level. Most people already in this industry will not discover new information.

A great majority of the book covers the set-up of UX Design, as well as management techniques. It will literally show you how to book conference rooms, plan the process, get the equipment that you'll need, etc. There's not a ton of helpful information there, I found, especially as someone who has been in the industry for several years.

Another thing that I noticed with this book is that it's highly targeted to big projects. I'm talking large budgets, entire teams of specialists, etc. It's retail/commerce-specific, as well. If you're a designer who works on your own, or with primarily small businesses, you may not get as much out of this book as you hope.

All-in-all, it's a helpful book about UX Design. Beginners will get a lot out of it; there's definitely plenty of information to soak up.
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I love Smashing Magazine and so far, every one of their books. Yeah, UI is not as exciting (to me) as it once was when I did app design. I'm getting older and out of the loop and so it's more difficult for me. That said - it's no commentary on the book itself.

That, like all the books I've bought from Smashing, is quite good. Well laid out and with thought given to the audience. I look forward to their books as they contain high quality information without trying to extract a king's ransom to purchase them. Not all publishers can say that.

UX or user interface/experience design is/was one of my favorite aspects of application design. Designing something simple enough that people can and will use it while retaining sophistication is indeed a challenge. The web is moving through and past Web 2.0 and straight to Web 4 or so. App/web design has not necessarily kept up. This book provides some solutions.

Did I wade through the entire thing - nay. I did as I do often now, cherry pick ideas. And for people like me, Smashing does a great job of allowing just that.

If you've an interest at all in UX/UI design, pick it up. Worth your time and money.
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