- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (September 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321703545
- ISBN-13: 978-0321703545
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Giles Colborne has worked in the field of user-centered design for 20 years. He is the managing director of expartners, a user experience consultancy based in the United Kingdom that makes websites and mobile devices easier to use for clients all over the world such as Vodafone, Marriott, Nokia and Jaguar.
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The biggest ah-ha moment for me came when this book laid out the 4 core strategies to simplify a complex product. In just 4 words, it summed up all the key methods a designer uses to transform a product into something that's simple and intuitive: Remove, Organize, Hide, or Displace. Simply brilliant!
This book should be featured prominently on the bookshelf of any usability analyst, user experience designer, or product designer -- alongside works like "Presentation Zen" and "Don't Make Me Think."
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...