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Designing Devices [Kindle Edition]

Dan Saffer
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Book Description

From the ancient history of devices through the post-industrial-design era of touchscreens and gestural interfaces, Designing Devices presents keen insights on what it takes to design a truly great device. Topics covered include how to differentiate a device, interaction models, deciding what controls to have and where they should go, and how to design device feedback.

Table of Contents

The History of Devices
Device Components
What Makes a Great Device?

Single or Multipurpose Device?
Common Product-Service Business Strategies
Adding Value and The Buddha Nature of Devices

Resources and Constraints
To Screen or Not to Screen
Resistive vs. Capacitive Touchscreens
Interaction Models
Controls are Choices
Where The Controls Are
Making Design Decisions
What To Display
The Emotional Life of Objects
Why You Want (But Won't Like) a Minority Report UI

Epilogue: The Devices We Need

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 228 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars A short but good introduction 7 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Designing devices is a short but useful introduction to the skills-set required for designing physical devices.

It covers a lot in so few pages that I was left wanting more. Sadly, the book does't offer much in the way further reading suggestions. Usually this is okay, but as this feels like a gateway book (into understanding how to design for devices) it seems to miss a fundamental need of the target user.

That said, I did enjoy the book, and would recommend it as a good overview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for every designer 23 Jun. 2013
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Not only does Dan get it, he also explains it beautifully. If you want a great introduction to experience design, read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Overview 5 Mar. 2012
By Jonny Hocking - Published on
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This book is brilliant. It's short and concise yet manages to cover a range of topics. I'm very new to the field so a lot of this was stuff I needed to hear, or at the very least have clarified by someone like Dan Saffer.

I can't recommend this enough, I'll definitely be picking it up for a second read in the near future.
5.0 out of 5 stars great ideas and science 4 May 2014
By Nur - Published on
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i love the tone and language
there were so many good ideas there
and it is all backed with interesting science

must read for product designers
must read for industrial designers
recommended for app developers and designers
(what is an app if not a virtual device running on the screen of a physical device?)

maybe the examples are a little old
but they get the point across very well
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro 2 Sept. 2014
By Vlad - Published on
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A fairly good intro book overall. Dont expect miracles or a lot of content out of it. It's very brief and will serve you as a general guideline to understand the process of making a good product design.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short But Needed Refresher 25 Nov. 2012
By Antoine RJ Wright - Published on
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Can't say much about it. It had sat in my library for sometime now and having taken less than 2 days to get thru it, I feel less accomplished than I usually feel after a read. I did get plenty of nuggets, and some if the points will make it into future UI explorations.
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