- Paperback: 648 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3rd edition (May 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470084111
- ISBN-13: 978-0470084113
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
When the first edition of About Face was published in 1995, the idea of designing products based on human goals was a revolutionary concept. Thanks to the work of Alan Cooper and other pioneers, interaction design is now widely recognized as a unique and vital discipline, but our work is far from finished.
This completely updated volume presents the effective and practical tools you need to design great desktop applications, Web 2.0 sites, and mobile devices. This book will teach you the principles of good product behavior and introduce you to Cooper's Goal-Directed Design method, from conducting user research to defining your product using personas and scenarios. In short, About Face 3 will show you how to design the best possible digital products and services.
About the Author
For over 30 years Alan Cooper has been a pioneer of the modern computing era. His groundbreaking work in software design and construction has influenced a generation of programmers and business people—and helped a generation of users. He is best known as the "Father of Visual Basic," inventor of personas, and founder of Cooper, the leading design consultancy.
As Director of Design R&D at Cooper, Robert Reimann led dozens of design projects and helped develop many of the methods described in About Face 3. Currently, he is Manager of User Experience at Bose Corporation and President of IxDA, the Interaction Design Association.
David Cronin is Director of Interaction Design at Cooper, where he's led the design of products for such diverse users as surgeons, museum visitors, online shoppers, automobile drivers, financial analysts, and the elderly.
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1. It's a great intro to interaction design and UX in general
2. It's a handy reference for when specific design questions come up and you need to remember what the best practice is for a certain type of interface element.
I'm a UX Designer with several years experience, and I still can't get enough of this book. Cooper knows his stuff (of course; he goes way back with software and he's the head of one of the big UX consultancies) and lays it out simply and logically. If you do any kind of software design, read this and remember it. If you're a designer, keep it on hand.
It's a great overview of a field I'm not particularly familiar with, so I can't comment about the choice of topics. However, what is covered is covered rather effectively. There are wonderful examples throughout to concretize the principles illustrated.
The author has a clear perspective on what good and bad design is, and it was very tastefully done. It doesn't come across as derogatory even when criticizing a particular approach or product. It's always a learning experience to read through an example you're already familiar with.
This book helped me to see design as a sort of science with many useful principles. It won't make me good at design per se, but there was enough practical suggestions that it'll greatly improve the apps I write for fun. And the theory also serves as a good context for the practical advice. They're connected very well, with a good mix of each.
The quality of the book is not quite good, the paper seems low quality and the cover is weak, but it doesn't matter so much because the learnable content is worth.
I would give 5 stars if it had an actual edition.
Great For A Few
The content in this book is exhaustive: ranging from the high level philosophy and motivations for creating the Goal Directed Design method, all the way down to specific examples of implementations. This makes the book perfect for two people:
1. If you want to learn everything about the Cooper design methodology and don't mind investing a lot of time reading about it.
2. Fans of the methodology who want a reference source.
OK For Some
As many others have commented, this book does come across as 'preachy' and 'a scholar trying to impress... with verbose language, rather than concise factual explanation'. Because of this, it's hard to keep focused on any solid content that is in there. The book and it's it's processes are old and mostly outdated; however, if you're a design novice or have trouble 'getting it', this book can lay down some good foundations.
Poor For Most
This book is cumbersome, hard to read and will lose all but the most dedicated readers. This is ironic since the book focuses so much on creating 'user friendly' and 'human' products. Also, the content is specific to the Cooper Design Process & philosophy and it's not a general design book. Goal Directed Design is a tool, and just like any tool, it should be used only when appropriate. Likewise, if you don't agree with the method, which many people don't, then the book will not be very helpful.
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The only sad point is that the cover and the paper are made of cheap material.