Experience Design Paperback – 18 Apr 2001
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Experience Design's layout is itself an experience in design. With its dynamic typography and visually elusive chapter divisions, it is definitely not a how-to manual or even a primer on software. It's more like a visual and textual think-piece: a personal gallery of intriguing user experiences, eg: online shopping or offline dinner parties--even human-to-human conversation. (You can get an idea of this at the book's companion Web site: www.experiencedesignbooks.com.)
Every spread is filled with images (in some cases, the very typography is like an image) that illustrate specific issues in experience design. Examples range from Web sites to traffic signs to restaurants. Whether discussing a young woman's online diary (www.moments.org); the seating arrangements at Emeril's Delmonico restaurant in New Orleans; the complaint community at Kvetch.com; the garden-like bounty of Nokia mobile phone covers; or the "simpler" experiences of matches, tarot cards or Bang & Olufsen home media products, author Shedroff invites readers to figure out what the attraction is, what keeps the user engaged and how the experience gets resolved. Among the general topics explored are navigation in information design, usability in interface design and narrative structure in interaction design. All come with online and offline examples (eg: the Louvre for "offline" navigation and www.thehungersite.com for online usability).
Shedroff is an experience strategist and has designed experiences in a variety of media, especially interactive and information design and branding. His client list includes Herman Miller, Nike, Bell Atlantic, Swissbank and Microsoft. In 1995 I.D. named him one of the 40 most important designers in the country. Here his analyses, like the form of the book, are open and flowing. Whether he's discussing wayfinding, personal meaning or the use of metaphoric devices, Shedroff raises important questions for anyone involved in design today. In many ways, this book is like a list of author's favourites--albeit a list in which each item illuminates some kernel of contemporary design wisdom. --Angelynn Grant
"A stunning book that would be equally at home in the art or IT sections of the bookshop."Freelance Informer, Aug 2001 "It provides a visually eclectic assortment of sources."WEBSPACE, Aug 2001See all Product description
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Move past the form, and into the function of the book, and you find a tour de horizon of a fascinating subject. If you are a novice to this area, it will help open your mind to the possibilities of constructing experiential environments, giving you lots of space and examples for the succinct messages to sink-in. If you are not a novice, you'll find a fluff of high level messages without detailed analysis and an over concentration on the visual and the novel, and no recognition of global cultural issues in designing world-wide accessible experiences.
I wanted more from this book, but can see that for some it would a useful place to start their journey.
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"Matches are about as simple and clear a device as you will find. Of course, they are only half the solution, requiring a suitable surface to strike them against. However, a match's operation has been reduced to a minimum of steps and a minimum of possible mistakes."
Thanks.... may I suggest you save your money.
Shedroff was the creative director of vivid studios, a Web shop known for its innovative design and brand-building through the nineties. In his work with clients like Nike and Herman Miller, the author learned what big ticket clients really want. Beyond needing a cool site and a memorable brand, they want to provide their customers with an experience.
Shedroff has taken what he learned from those years and distilled it into Experience Design 1. The book is about the experience a design creates, from beginning to end. The author takes familiar concepts like feedback, interactivity, and usability, and illustrates each with an online and offline example. In doing so, Shedroff lets you extract the essence of the user experience from the particular media in which it takes place....
Since reading Experience Design 1, I've found myself returning to it -- not as a reference manual, but as an inspirational tool. In those dreaded moments when the checkerboard pattern of the Photoshop tabula rasa seems to stretch on forever, flipping to a random page and reading about the windows in a French museum or the performers in a circus always seems to replenish my creative juices.
While the color pages are beautiful, there is not CD provided for studying or trying out techniques. the $45.00 price tag is a bit steep. There are other books on the market that provide better help for a designer looking for how-tos and suggestion on what to use on the web sites they are creating.
The typography is also dispersed randomly throughout the spreads. This is where the book falls short. The content is well thought out whereas the actual design of the book was not. There is no reason for the type to be layed out as poorly as it is. No grid or methodology was established to help the book flow smoothly. Instead, the layout of this book causes a slightly difficult experience in a typograpghic sense. Some pages were skipped over due to illegibility. On a brighter note, the lower credits on the bottom of the pages gave a solid piece of reference which I used a lot. It kept me sitting by the computer during the whole read of this book.
Overall, I would recommend this book to any designer or to anyone in any profession not even closely related to design for that matter. The content in this book helps people see the details in everything around us...Again, highly recommended and quick to cruise through with great URL's.
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