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The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Jesse James Garrett
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16 Dec 2010 Voices That Matter

From the moment it was published almost ten years ago, Elements of User Experience became a vital reference for web and interaction designers the world over, and has come to define the core principles of the practice. Now, in this updated, expanded, and full-color new edition, Jesse James Garrett has refined his thinking about the Web, going beyond the desktop to include information that also applies to the sudden proliferation of mobile devices and applications.

Successful interaction design requires more than just creating clean code and sharp graphics. You must also fulfill your strategic objectives while meeting the needs of your users. Even the best content and the most sophisticated technology won't help you balance those goals without a cohesive, consistent user experience to support it.


With so many issues involved—usability, brand identity, information architecture, interaction design— creating the user experience can be overwhelmingly complex. This new edition of The Elements of User Experience cuts through that complexity with clear explanations and vivid illustrations that focus on ideas rather than tools or techniques. Garrett gives readers the big picture of user experience development, from strategy and requirements to information architecture and visual design.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (16 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321683684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321683687
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first UX book to read 2 Jun 2011
If you are just starting in UX this is the right book, as it is clear explained and made by one of the fore-fathers of the UX domain. But, as a lot of articles and books have taken ideas from it, and if you have a certain experience in UX .. you might not find that interesting, because probably you already know the things which are described here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cross-team book on web strategy 25 July 2012
The aims of the book are:
- to explain the workflow that best responds to the needs and specificities of a web product and the tasks and roles involved in the whole process
- to establish a common ground of understanding and collaboration for every team member.

If you are new to this subject, you will learn to break a project into its several stages and analyse each problem on its turn. Decisions will be made with clear arguments and conflicts within the team will be reduced to a minimum.You will feel that the project will grow with ease, consistent and grounded on objectives.

From client and user needs and objectives, and from content and functionality requirements, to information architecture, interaction design, navigation and interface design, every stage of the process is clearly explained with techniques, context and diagrams.

This is a book for every member of a team working on a web project: account, project manager, designer, writer, developer and even for the client. This is not a comprehensive book on User Experience for an interaction designer or strategist, but a light and quick introduction to the overall process.

It is specially useful to a small team where the same person will have to understand the client and users needs and create the content and architecture, while another will have to both design the interaction, define the style and do the programming.

Note: this review is based on the 2002 edition, which targeted traditional desktop websites, without almost any reference to mobile applications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. Loved it. Bought it. 15 July 2014
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Used to quote this book back in college. Loved it. Bought it.
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