- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (February 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0133890333
- ISBN-13: 978-0133890334
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Doug LeMoine, Managing Director, Cooper
“An irreverent, crazy tirade. So why should you read this book? Because irreverence is precisely what is needed today to get us out of the rut of bad, unintelligible, frustrating design. Because the book is funny, caustic, and insightful. So next time you are feeling low, just open the book to some random page and read for a few minutes. You will start smiling, laughing, and learning. A great cure for all that ails you. Why read this book? Well, because I told you to.”
-Don Norman, Design Lab, University of California, San Diego
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“In this amusing, smart, and brave case against our screen-based world, Golden Krishna reinforces his position as one of the world’s foremost thinkers of user experience design.”
- Martin Thörnkvist, Conference Director, The Conference by Media Evolution
“This essential book will hopefully mark the moment in history when we say ‘ENOUGH!‘ to screen saturation and usher in a more meaningful co-habitation with technology.”
- Kevin Farnham, Founder of Method and Co-Author of Experience Design: A Framework for Integrating Brand, Experience, and Value
"A mind-bending, thoughtful, life-affirming and sure-to-be-controversial manifesto about how we might significantly change our relationship to the technology that surrounds us."
- Dave Gray, Author of The Connected Company and Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
"Krishna's book is written in a very colloquial and accessible style; at times it reads more like a great argument in a Silicon Valley coffee shop, long after closing time, at a table covered in diagrams scribbled on paper napkins. But that's exactly what makes it worth reading. It's not bland theory, but a lively tale well told by someone with deep experience in the field of user experience design."
- PC Magazine
About the Author
For years, designer Golden Krishna has been behind the scenes, solving technology problems for companies from startups to Fortune 50. He’s currently a Senior UX Designer at Zappos Labs, where he works in a small group dedicated to creating new, delightful experiences for Zappos. Previously, he worked at a Samsung innovation lab, designing and building the near future of consumer electronics. He began his career working at the world-renowned design consultancy Cooper in San Francisco.
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However, for an everyday geek, or programmer, who doesn't have machine learning tools or skills to implement the ideas here, this book is full of lots of "No", and very little "Yes". The author suggests a few tools which are "doing it right", but offers little concrete advice for curing the ills described. So, you're left with an hour or two worth of entertainment, and little more.
In short, this is a short little sermon, which was enjoyable. It's a 5 star book at $6, but a 3 star book at $16. Read it, or better still, find it on sale later. It can wait.
"No Interface" falls short of substance on SOLUTIONS as opposed to the many FAILURES that it categorizes and details in great, mocking detail. Where are all these great "no interfaces"? The examples cited are anemic except for maybe healthcare. Where is a recognition of the substantial technical barriers to rising above the ubiquitous UI itself? Throw more sensors on devices and latch onto the IoT? Another nitpick - glorifying Snowden as a champion of privacy is not only out-of-scope, but untruthful. His supposed revelations have empowered rogue and totalitarian nations more than anything else he "accomplished". Boo on that. Finally, light pollution correlated with cancer does not mean causation - a stretch.
On a final note, the book succeeds in opening a discussion (or argument) about the need to humanize technology and come up with a better business model in doing so. I'd read a serious (and seriously funny) follow-up if there's one planned.
Throughout the narrative, Krishna outlines the silliness of tech's obsession with putting screen-based interfaces on things that probably don't need them--take for instance the 17" touchscreen in the center console of a Tesla--and then offers real-world examples of more invisible and far more useful technology. It's a great way to mix necessary criticism of an industry that has lots of mental processing power but deficient conscience, with actionable, tenable solutions.