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UI is Communication: How to Design Intuitive, User Centered Interfaces by Focusing on Effective Communication 1st Edition

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"Here [McKay] offers a guide to designing user interfaces by drawing on principles and common-sense insight about communication. There are no prerequisites, he says, no assumptions about the reader's field or level of experience."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013 "The best teammate a designer can have is a communication specialist to look over your shoulder. Having Everett's book is the next best thing to having him on your team."--Bert Keely, Architect of Windows Pen and Touch "McKay practices what he preaches – UI is Communication is relevant, readable, entertaining, and chock full of useful examples."--Carolyn Snyder, Snyder Consulting

About the Author

Everett McKay is Principal of UX Design Edge, a userexperience design training and consulting company for mobile, web, and desktopapplications. Everett's specialty is UX design training for softwareprofessionals who aren't experienced designers through onsite and virtualcourses and workshops. He has delivered UX design workshops to an internationalaudience that includes Europe (UK, Ireland, Poland, Greece, Turkey), Asia(India, China), South America (Argentina), and Africa (South Africa, Cameroon).
 
Everett is author of "UI is Communication: How todesign intuitive, user-centered user interfaces by focusing on effectivecommunication", published by Morgan Kaufmann. While at Microsoft, he wasresponsible for writing and evangelizing the Windows User ExperienceGuidelines. Before joining Microsoft, he was a programmer, specializing indesigning and developing Windows and Macintosh user interfaces.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123969808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123969804
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is well written with more than just theory. Mr. Mckay gives you a concept, examples and practical practice questions at the end of each chapter. It is easy to read, I especially like the BOLD text throughout the book that highlights the most important aspects of the section for those that speed read something the first time around.

I gave a presentation to my development team, using some of the content from the book, and it was well received. I then recommended it to all the software engineers and the book has been one of the most sought out books in the department. I now tell the team to buy their own copy because I find myself needed to refer back to it often.
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This is not an academic book, and I mean that in the best way possible. Many UX books drone on with hundreds of pages of theory and advanced methods, and those definitely have their value if you're looking for very deep knowledge of this field. Where this book excels is in giving you the tools to make immediate improvements. Have an ugly design problem you're trying to tackle and need a solid, grounded process to take it on? This is your book. Need to get developers or managers on board with UX and participating in the process? This is your book. Trying to explain what you do to your parents? This is your book.

The author's premise is that "user interface design isn't a subjective visual art about pixels and aesthetics but rather a principled objective communication skill to explain tasks to users". So while he does touch on mental models, interaction patterns, and visual design, it always ties back to communication. If this were a conversation, what would we say to the user? How would we say it? When would we say it? It seems obvious but is a surprisingly useful metaphor and he provides many examples of how to put it into action. Each chapter concludes with a page of exercises to expand your thinking and put the material into action – I wish my university had used this as a textbook.

The final chapter presents a couple design challenges with thorough solutions, working through the entire design process and showing each of the activities and deliverables. I've been hauling the book around in my backpack for the past few weeks so that I can apply that thinking to my own projects. That's about the highest compliment I could pay a book – there aren't any others that I've kept with me at all times and referenced so regularly.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone involved in designing or developing websites and applications of any kind. Regardless of your role (manager, designer, developer, etc.) - this book will help you succeed in creating something better for your users... which equates to a more successful product.

I've been designing for over 20 years and still learned new things from this book. The idea that UI is communication is interesting and helped me think about things in a different way. It's not just about how it looks and works, it's about what the user is trying to do... making it easy for the user to do what they are there to do.

Everett breaks it down with simple language and lots of examples that are easy to understand. I wish all of my clients and development partners would read this - it would probably save us time and money and get us to our goal a lot faster.
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This is an exceptional book on UI design. Well presented. Each chapter feels like a revelation that gives you frameworks and structures to tame the chaotic experience of attempting to create software that users like and understand. If it were easy, or intuitive to make intuitive UI, almost all software would not be so lame to use. On the other hand....

Everett is training us to differentiate ourselves by making communicative UI. Why not be the ones to make the good stuff?
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Insightful book. Some of the terminology is more confusing that it needs to be. Even though I have more than 10 years experience in UI design I had to keep rereading some of the definitions to understand what was being explained. Its a good book to share to clients who want to undertake an application development project.
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I liked how understandable the book was along with the examples. I have a better understanding now of making UI's more human friendly.
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It's a complete guide and theory about the UI. Excellent book. Every tip and advice works in the real life.
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I gave a presentation to my development team, using some of the content from the book, and it was well received. I then recommended it to all the software engineers and the book has been one of the most sought out books in the department. I now tell the team to buy their own copy because I find myself needed to refer back to it often.
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