Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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Given that I read this for a class, I would have appreciated more footnoting/endnoting (he occasionally cites a work, but it's rare), along with a bibliography and glossary at the end, but readers who are just looking at this as a jumping off point for work projects are less likely to notice that lack. Overall, Seductive Interaction Design manages to be both informative and entertaining, proving Anderson can make full use of the tricks of the trade even when his technological medium is old-fashioned paper.
CONS- vague at times.
Section one (Aesthetics, Beauty, and Behavior) covers topics like gestalt principles/psychology, perceived affordances, product credibility and personality, affect, cognition, and association. Anderson makes plenty of references to other quintessential UX books such as Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson, Visual Thinking for Design by Colin Ware, and Emotional Design by Donald Norman. Section two (Playful Seduction) covers ways to engage audiences with positive affective states such as humor, the mystique of unexpected behavior, and `delighters'. Anderson also uses specific phenomenon such as the information gap theory to explain alternate methods of eliminating the feeling of deprivation in users seeking information. Section three (The subtle Art of Seduction) covers some of the covert ways that our behavior is influenced by revealing topics such as the endowed progress effect, default options, and the many interfaces that offer suggestions such as Twitter's `Who to follow'. Topics such as loss aversion were clearly outlined and empowers users to be more aware of the influences we encounter while online. Section four (The Game of Seduction) takes a gamification approach to explaining the intrigue of certain user experiences. Anderson explains the power of `fun' by introducing the elements of game design (challenges, choices, and conflicts)
This book provided so many examples and references that even a proficient UX specialist would learn something new or easily be referred to other helpful sources of information. Rarely have I found so much information packed into such a short book. I highly recommend the book for newcomers to UX, but I also encourage experienced practitioners to grab a copy for reference.
For other developers who've maybe read or try to adhere to the concept of 'don't make me think', this should be the next step along the path to understanding and growing your audience. While an interface that is functional and unobtrusive is great, this book will teach you how make your experience one that will leave a lasting positive impression on its users.
More and more it seems as though emotion is what drives decision, so it is therefore important to understand how certain products have an effect on our emotions. It is important to understand how to effect emotion in others through design and testing.
If you are designing a novel concept of doing business then you should read this book. It will offer guidance and reference.
Even if you are doing business as usual, putting good use of some of these techniques in subtle ways will probably put you in successful regards with your customers and clients.
We create seductive design to introduce the world to our true potential and missions. If our missions and purposes are great then customers will fall in love, that is if we behave in such a way as to be lovable also. This is where design plays a part by inspiring emotion to get us to do the right things. In doing the right things, we feel good. Feeling good about what we do, does make this world a better place.
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It's very well written, and it's THE book to use as a reference.
UX is not only about colors, placement, etc. It's a 360° concept that takes into account the human brain, psychology and this book explains it in a way that anyone can understand.
You'll never see the world the same way again! Enjoy the read!