- 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 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesse James Garrett is co-founder and president of Adaptive Path, a user experience design consultancy. His contributions to the field include creating the seminal "Elements of User Experience" model; developing the Visual Vocabulary, a notation system for documenting user experience design; and defining Ajax, an approach to creating Web applications. Jesse has received Wired Magazine's Rave Award for Technology and has been named one of the "50 Most Important People on the Web" by PC World. His client work includes engagements for Twitter, NPR, Skype, Harvard Business Review, and Crayola. He is a frequent keynote speaker addressing audiences around the world on product design, user experience, and innovation
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As far as I understood, the author suggest using the framework described in the book for managing software solutions as a whole. The framework itself is not bad, but the scope, strategy and stru ture planes kinda try to steal away the glory from the good old fashioned software requirement specification document.
As for the framework, Garrett proposes an approach that goes from general to specific, laying out the groundwork first by getting the strategy plane solidified with clear site objectives based on user needs. Once the strategy is clear, the scope of the project can be defined, through functional specifications and a description of content requirements. The next layer up corresponds to the structure plane, where interaction design and information architecture take place. Next up, in the skeleton plane the interface, navigation and information design (in the form of the familiar wireframes) can be designed, leaving for last the visual design at the surface plane.
As a web project manager and product manager for many years, I found Garrett's "Elements of User Experience" a confirmation of the best practices that anybody wanting to succeed at creating successful web products should take into account throughout the pre-production and production phases.