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Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Giles Colborne
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16 Sep 2010 0321703545 978-0321703545 1
In a complex world, products that are easy to use win favor with consumers. This is the first book on the topic of simplicity aimed specifically at interaction designers. It shows how to drill down and simplify user experiences when designing digital tools and applications. It begins by explaining why simplicity is attractive, explores the laws of simplicity, and presents proven strategies for achieving simplicity. Remove, hide, organize and displace become guidelines for designers, who learn simplicity by seeing before and after examples and case studies where the results speak for themselves.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321703545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321703545
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 18 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dip in, think, act 21 Oct 2010
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Let's be clear: this is a very short book. It's not going to teach you tons of stuff about how to create a better product. It's not a textbook.

What it is: pared-down, thought-provoking, beautiful.

When I picked it up, my first thought was 'lovely' and my second was 'is that it?'. It didn't seem weighty enough to have that much of an impact.

As I read it, I realise that there's a lot more insight in it than the size implies. Giles has worked really hard to pare this down to a few simple messages that you can act on straight away.

Yes, you can read it all in a (fairly short) train or plane ride. I did that, but I found that I kept stopping to reflect on ideas in the book and how I wanted to use them, or challenge myself to use them, in various projects. I'll come back to it, both to read through and to dip in now and then when I need a little thoughtful inspiration.

Definitely recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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In "Simple and Usable", the author successfully compacts what seems like 10 or 15 years' experience at the sharp end of creating digital interfaces into a series of easy-to-read, bite-size chunks. Highly relevant and motivational, the book is written in an insightful and informal style with many quotable passages and enlightening anecdotes.

Featuring lots of clearly articulated examples and case studies, the book brings together research and latest thinking from a wide range of disciplines including human computer interaction, marketing, psychology and behavioural economics.

Using as it's core 4 different strategies of simplicity - "Remove, Organise, Hide, Displace" - the book gets to the crux of many of the key challenges of organising and presenting information via digital media, most of which will be familiar both to those new to UX design and seasoned pros.

Furthermore, this book practices what it preaches; it's easy to digest, beautifully designed and illustrated, and refreshingly free of clutter, opaque theory and philosophical pondering.

Best of all, reading the book is like having an angelic conscience sitting on your shoulder telling you not *what* to do, but how to *approach* a design issue. This is it's real value and in my view it's something that's pretty unique.

All of this adds up to what I think is one of the most inspiring books on usability and user experience design written to date.

If you've read and enjoyed Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think", then you need this book to take you and your team to the next level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some very good nuggets here. 16 Dec 2011
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This book is about how to design sites that are easy to use for the vast majority of your userbase. It will not teach you any CSS or Javascript tricks. It will show you why some designs don't work and what you might do instead to make them work.

Weirdly for a book of this nature, it is an ideal toilet book. Each page contains a message. Indeed, you shouldn't read the whole book in one sitting, or plane ride. Instead, read it a few pages at a time, then digest that. Repeat and learn.

And what will you learn? Well, obvious stuff really. But the best tips are always those that have been staring you in the face. Most people don't like clutter. The best way to design a site is to see how people use it. That sort of stuff.

Now, I don't necessarily agree with everything in this book. It is written purely from the perspective of the designer. A successful designer working big ticket contracts doesn't need to worry about the likes of SEO for instance. But the rest of us do. Its one thing adopting a less is more approach to the prose on your site, but if nobody can find the damn thing its irrelevent. Plus, I don't think there is anything wrong with the way Amazon lets you save items (read the book to find out what I'm going on about here).

However, there is an awful lot of stuff in this book that I do agree with, and still more stuff that I hadn't really considered. And best of all, the author's ideas are backed up with clear examples. I particularly liked the example of the Paris Underground Route Finder. Such an obvious fault to anybody who uses the thing, yet so easy to overlook if you are just designing from an idea.

Design is only part of my job. I spend more time coding and doing other web-related tasks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reminder of lessons forgotten 27 April 2011
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If you loved the lightness of Steve Krug's "Don't make me think" or the one-pagers of "Universal Principles of Design" then you'll probably love this book too. Short, sharp and to the point, the book serves as an important reminder of simple lessons easily forgotten. For example, why you should ignore expert customers and design for the mainstream and the importance of observation in the real world.

This book provides the confidence to stand up against the trend of complexity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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More books like these... it's good to see the "Simple and Usable" approach used on the books themselves. "Eat your own dog food", we can say. This is a really clear and concise book, you'll get 2 pages for each technique, one of them is a full color photo. The content is really good, just don't look for in depth analysis or case studies. These are along with the books from A Book Apart (not available through amazon), the new generation of books that are really good, simple and easy to read. It's all there, they just cut through the clutter to present you what is really important. Go grab it if you're serious about UX and UI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book; very concise and engaging. You won't find an easier to digest book than this.
Published 1 month ago by owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your boss!
Great clear quick easy read but one that just hits the nail on the head so many times. All makes absolute sense and a must read for any UX/UI designers working within software... Read more
Published 2 months ago by theSaint
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good
It's a nice book, however the material can be found across multiple blogs and online sites. Recommend it to beginners though as it's a good read.
Published 15 months ago by SimplyCreative
5.0 out of 5 stars A great showcase for its own message
Small, easy to read and dip into but I read half in one go,and been passing it round colleagues in my java development team and plan to buy a team copy and one for my wife. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert D. Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to rethink your UI concepts
This is a great book for developers, for it makes you think about a lot of things very important for users that normally we forget for our technical background. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Santi Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for understanding how to simplify the complex
This is the one of the most productive books I've ever read! Not only does the layout of each page justify the book's title but the content is quite mind blowing. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by Heddi Cundle
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
This book is a really good read. The part about "Setting a Vision" has changed the way I approach the beginning of interaction design projects. Try it on your clients, too. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by Dave Ellender
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
As you would expect from a book that preaches simplicity and usability in design, this is a very attractive book: well laid-out, uncluttered and with no waffle. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by A. Skudder
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a notebook and highlighter at the ready
I read this book from cover to cover on a return flight from holiday recently. Having previously worked with Giles, I was of course expecting great things... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by B Thomas
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