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  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (December 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321683684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321683687
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Maraspin Stefano on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
A great starting point for those interested in UX design. It lays down a clear overall picture of the field, well defining terms and "planes" falling within the "umbrella" of UX, but not always of immediate comprehension for the beginning "practitioner" (IE information architecture, interaction design, interface design, navigation design, ...). Author clearly states the scope and goal of each, also explaining relations between these and related concepts.

It can also be a useful resource for all those who're not solely focused in UX, but who'll need to share some content or "feature" with users. If you fall within this category, and are looking for a good introductory book on UX, this is probably the one you should pick.

I've read it after a few others on the subject, and not all of its content was new to me. Moreover you'll definitely need to back up its content with something else, if you're really serious about UX design. It's not a reference book. Experienced UX designers might hence even feel disappointed. It's quite shallow, and basic in content. Nevertheless, I consider it a great primer, with key concepts organized in such a way that it's easy for them to be recalled and also accessed as a quick reference. It also contains several valuable tips, which never hurt to be reminded about, no matter what's the amount of experience under your belt.

It kind of reminded me about "Don't make me think" by S. Krug, for certain aspects. Not a complete reference, but definitely clear, concise and to the point. It can be read in a short amount of time too, so that no big investment in terms of time is needed.

As a side note... "The Elements of User Experience: A Primer on User-Centered Design for the Web" might've been a more suitable title.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chau on January 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I found the book focusing too much on definition of industry terms and concepts and not much on actual implementation of design ideas. If that's what you are looking for, great. The book is more about Why UX is important and not How to create a better user experience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a programmer, the graphic design aspect of web design has always been the most challenging for me. I have read so many books on the subject, and hands-down, this book has been the most influential and useful to me. In the past, my designs were always hit and miss. I would spend incredible amounts of time experimenting and trying new things, waiting for an artistic spark that didn't always come. After studying the process in the book, however, I can efficiently and consistently produce solid designs. It gave me a framework to logically and thoughtfully approach design, regardless of whether I felt inspired artistically about what I was doing. Most importantly, I now have a reason behind most of my design decisions, and this frees me to confidently explore new styles. Having good explanations for one's design rational sells too. I'm shocked by how many of my first drafts are getting approved by my clients. I consider myself indebted to the author. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frederick J. Weber on November 8, 2012
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This book is an excellent overview of the user experience field. Garrett has done a fine job of encapsulating key principles. I'd recommend this book both for those new to the field and just learning about it as well as to practitioners looking to better communicate what they do to clients and co-workers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Koven on October 29, 2013
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I would recommend The Elements of User Experience, by Jesse James Garrett, to anyone looking for the basics of creating a successful design. The author touches on important subjects like persona, branding, and form language which are elements that almost every designer must use throughout their design process. Although he uses web design as a continuous example throughout the book, the lessons we learn can be applied to any type of design. I think this book would be best suited for a foundation design class or a first year design course. The elements that we learn throughout the book seem like a really good foundation to build off of in your early years of design. As a fourth year Industrial design student, many of the lessons that were presented throughout the book were already frequently present in my day to day studios and work process, however, had I knew more about User centered design from the get go, I think it would have given me an advantage and a head start to becoming a better designer at a younger age. As Garrett mentions, A strong foundation is crucial to moving up farther in the planes of design. Every plane builds off the one below it and you have to keep tweaking your foundation before you have a well thought out concept. He gives us a series of 5 planes starting from the most abstract and beginning stages of the design process, all the way to the most concrete aesthetic stage of a project. Also, for you visual learners out there, Garrett does a really good job of explaining all of his concepts with at least one graph to support what he is talking about. He also uses colors, to separate each chapter so you always know what part of the design process he is talking about. The chapters are, extremely concise and to the point so it is quite easy to get through.Read more ›
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