- Paperback: 602 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780470665763
- ISBN-13: 978-0470665763
- ASIN: 0470665769
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The leading book on human-computer interaction, now completely updated
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I also failed to be convinced that most of what they talk about in the book is driven by scientific research. Maybe that was not the authors' goal, but as a research scientist, I like to know that various techniques have scientific grounding.
I also agree with the other reviewers who said it is unnecessarily wordy. This book could have been at least a hundred pages shorter and still conveyed the same information it currently conveys.
The book as a whole I feel, fails to accurately and quickly make new ideas known to the reader. This is evident by a lack of real world examples or even citing instances where a certain concept was used. The author instead bombards you with long descriptions and fragmented ideas. I got the distinct impression that the authors were almost avoiding or dancing around certain ideas.
What was more alarming was in chapter 2, the author notes that she does not subscribe to any social media and was looking over others shoulders during a environmental crisis at a conference. She then proceeds to talk about social media and it's makeup but it would appear that she had no real first hand experience with it which to me lacked credibility.
The purchase was not a total loss as I did learn a new method to approaching new projects from reading this book. I also gained a deeper insight on designing around the problem space, which again is a lofty term that could use more explanation in easier to understand terminology. It should be noted that many of the terms and topics discussed within are garrulous, ie: rambling, and there is a considerable lack of understandable examples to help the reader see how topics could be applied in the real world.
Unless this is absolutely required reading for a college course, I would steer clear of it unfortunately.
The third edition is very different from previous ones, so if your class requires 3e, try to find a used one on here.