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Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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Simple and Usable is both an extremely approachable and an incredibly practical guide to simplicity. Author Giles Colborne compelling shares four fundamental strategies for accomplishing simplicity: remove, organize, hide, and displace.
First, figure out the most important tasks of mainstream users, and make those tasks really easy to accomplish. Then, kill all the features that aren't core. From limiting choice, to eliminating distraction, to using smart defaults, Giles offers many tangible tactics for reducing complexity.
But just throwing something out isn't the only way to simplify. Effective organization can make an interface feel simpler to use. "There are plenty of options open to you in organizing an interface--size, color, position, shape, hierarchy." Giles explains that organizing for simplicity involves emphasizing just one or two important elements. He shares useful techniques for achieving organization such as chunking, hard edges, grids, and layering.
For those features that can't be eliminated but that are used only rarely, Giles recommends a third strategy: hiding. "Often a feature has a few core controls for mainstreamers and extended, precision controls for experts," he says. "Hiding the precision controls is a good way to keep things simple.Read more ›
1. The content combines succinct mini-chapters with gorgeous and complementary images.
2. The quality of the paper stock, the book's information design, and the overall package is top notch.
3. I learned a couple new things despite having been around the profession for a while.
4. The focus is not on one particular type of product.
I don't think the book is all things to all people and I suspect it was not meant to be. A seasoned UX professional may not learn a lot from it, but this is a good book for students and for business people who might need an introduction to good user experience research and design principles. For the experienced UX person, I think the book could be a good review of some key precepts that sometimes might seem distant in the day-to-day rush of getting things done.
I do wish there were footnotes to the interesting research studies the author sometimes refers to in the chapters. The more we UX pros back up our assertions with proper research, the more we will be taken seriously by our employers and clients. Perhaps a bibliography on the simpleandusable.com website would be a good adjunct to the book?
If you're looking for a good read to improve your design capabilities, I definitely suggest picking this up. It's enjoyable and will sit on your shelf as a book that proved useful. Who knows you may even turn back to it a couple times...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book condition was more a little less than expected. More banged up than one thought it would be, overall ok.Published 12 months ago by Michael Thibodeau
Good & quick read (exactly half of the book is illustrations) that will refresh all the basic principles of designing for simplicity which should always be your goal. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alexander Debkaliuk
Yes it's simple but it's not very usable. Author just gathered all his thoughts about various design-related topics. I didn't find many practical advices in this book.Published 22 months ago by Denis Akopov