- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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...
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."
Three characteristics shine through in "Simple and Usable":
Call it the "iPhone" of usability books - it's packaged better than other books in this space. It's a fast, easy treatment you can read in a few hours.
Nearly every page has a concept or tactic that you can use every day. The examples stem from products Mr. Colborne has created himself, such as online travel planners or automotive sales websites, or ones he has used, like Flip cameras or the elevator in Tokyo's Apple Store.
Easily the most noteworthy trait of the book is the information design of the book itself, from orientation to staging and continued through execution.
I would recommend "Simple and Usable" for novice and intermediate user experience designers looking for new ideas or quick reminders of the right way to go about designing interaction.