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The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) 2nd Edition
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Some complain that The Elements of User Experience does not go deeply enough into a range of user experience issues. This may partially be the fault of the author and the publisher. The value of this book goes well beyond web projects and the "user experience" world. Much of it applies to a variety of design projects. If I were to make a major objection to the book it is not that it is too shallow but that it is conceived of as too narrow.
Much of the audience that would find this book to be an important breakthrough would never pick up a book that crams the word "User" into the title twice then gets in two buzz words and says "Web." I don't think this is one of the most important books about user experience or user-centered design. It is, however, a great basic book on design strategy. I hope disappointed people rating it poorly for not being the book they hoped for will not detract from this book finding the wider audience it richly deserves.
How many times have you been involved in a Web site design effort that seems to fit this approach? Sadly, we all have such experiences in our lives. This delightful little book provides user experience designers a conceptual model for producing Web sites. This allows for a process that is rigorous, logical, and easily communicated.
Jesse James Garrett defines the term "user experience" as "...how (a) product behaves and is used in the real world." He focuses this book on consideration of one particular kind of product: Web sites.
In the Introduction, the author describes this book as
"...not a how-to book, ...not a book about technology, ...(and) not a book of answers. Instead, this book is about asking the right questions.
"This book will tell you what you need to know before you go read those other books. If you need the big picture, if you need to understand the context for the decisions that user experience practitioners make, this book is for you."
I agree wholeheartedly. The role that this book can play in developing your skill as a user experience practitioner is analogous to the role of ground school for a fledgling airplane pilot. Before a prospective pilot gets behind the controls, ground school teaches the principles of flight, aircraft systems, and other basics that need to be understood before actually taking off. Similarly, this book provides a way of understanding user experience that helps you make informed decisions as you begin and continue the design of a user experience.Read more ›
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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Unlike “The Design of Everyday Things” and “Don’t Make Me Think”, this book is much more conceptual with very few examples. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Scott Magnificent
You get what you pay for. I like having my textbooks on kindle. It makes searching easy, that's for sure.Published 6 months ago by Josh
This was the first book i read about UX and i think it was a really good start. Good explanations about all the "planes" that we can divide a product, showing the relevance for... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Flávio F.
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