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Mindful Design: How and Why to Make Design Decisions for the Good of Those Using Your Product Paperback – December 11, 2018
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Learn to create seamless designs backed by a responsible understanding of the human mind. This book examines how human behavior can be used to integrate your product design into lifestyle, rather than interrupt it, and make decisions for the good of those that are using your product.
Mindful Design introduces the areas of brain science that matter to designers, and passionately explains how those areas affect each human’s day-to-day experiences with products and interfaces. You will learn about the neurological aspects and limitations of human vision and perception; about our attachment to harmony and dissonance, such as visual harmony, musical harmony; and about our brain’s propensity towards pattern recognition and how we perceive the world cognitively.
In the second half of the book you will focus on the practical application of what you have learned, specific to interaction and interface design. Real-world examples are used throughout so that you can really see how design is impacting our everyday digital experience.
Design is a responsibility, but not enough designers understand the human mind or the process of thought. This book explores the key factors involved and shows you how to make the right design choices.
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I've been waiting for this book to come out for a while, and it didn't disappoint. Mindful Design, at its core, is a book about how designers can study human behavior to create products that seamlessly work with users existing mental models instead of using techniques to grab, manipulate, and hold their attention with distractions and overwhelm.
The book is segmented into two main parts: an overview of some important cognitive models to be aware of in UX Design, including attention, learning & memory, reward & motivation, and others. The second half then focuses on more practical implementations, including understanding how we can use this knowledge to refine our testing, research, and visual design.
At a time where design is balancing how to best serve the user against the business-oriented perspectives of treating users as sources of data, revenue, etc. – Mindful Design is a needed fresh breath of air. And in some ways, a warning for UX & Product Designers on how we can create experiences that help, instead of harm users in implicit and explicit ways.
I would definitely recommend it to all UX Designers, and I'm glad to have read it so early in my own career.
If I spend this much money on a book, I expect that the author proofread it and put it through a spell-checker, or had someone else read it to spot mistakes. The typos really start kicking in after the first chapter. Encountering mistakes like double commas, doubled words, missing hyphens and other weird issues became so distracting that I had to give up at the halfway mark. I don't know what to do with the book now, because it's been too long to return it and I can't in good conscience give it to someone else.
If you're not well versed in the general tenets of UX design, this would still be a good place to start (as opposed to something like About Face). But if you're an experienced designer and just want to learn more about an ethical focus, you're probably better off reading or watching the work of Tristan Harris or Joe Edelman at The Center for Humane Technology.
Top international reviews
Anyone that works with of builds digital/technical products, platforms, or teams should invest in this book. It really is an investment. It’s not possible to consume Scott’s wisdom and experience and not immediately be better at what you do and how you do it.
Also, the cover art is so good it’ll look amazing on your coffee table because you care about those things don’t you Benjamin?