The elements of user experience: User-centered design for the web (Voices that matter)
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The concepts, though, are based on the presumption that you are the designer of a big application and that you have the mighty power to get what you want. Even though it's a pretty good tick-list of things you need to think about when designing an application, it is often only completely applicable if working with more than 5 people in the development team.
Excellent for technical/design managers that need to ensure an application will be designed wisely.
Where I think it falls down is that, while I like the bones, there's not much flesh. I think you actually need to be trained in the arts and magics of UCD beforehand to know what technique you would apply or what design principle is relevant at any given point (and, on behalf of the graphic designers and information scientists out there, I think it is equally light on what their work involves). Yes, it talks about lab tests and contextual enquiry but it needs some expertise to know exactly which method to apply, or which design choices to make. So, if you were a newcomer without an experienced UX professional on hand, you will need to do a bit of follow up reading. And also there is not a single mention on accessibility which, for a book on web user experience, is a shocking omission.Read more ›
Book is written in friendly style and can be read and understood quite easily. Highly recommend it to professionals and students.
I bought this book in light of fine-tuning the user experience of an interactive online application still in development. The elements, e.g. scope, strategy, skeleton, sounded appealing. Instead the chapters dedicated to each of these elements were half-baked and strangely lacking. I can't exactly justify my disappointment. Maybe this quote from the book will clarify:
"For resource constraints, technological or organization changes can sometimes - but, importantly, not always - reduce the resource burden, enabling a feature to be implemented. (However, impossible things will remain impossible. Sorry.)"
That marks my turning point, and giving up with it altogether. That's after 80 pages of similar torture. I just felt slightly insulted, perhaps. But again, this might be perfectly suited to someone who, for instance, has just leapt from an avid knitting, scrapbooking or crafts career into the online production world.
My 11 and some pounds could have been spent on a third of a decent book.
Regardless of the examples, the guidelines and advice in this book can be applied to any design for the web. The book is very manageable, starting off explaining Jesse James Garrett's 'Elements of User Experience' diagram in summary, so that you can grasp the concept, and then going into much more detail of how to plan the elements of a project in an effective way.
It isn't written in an academic tone, which makes this an interesting and easily-digestible read in a few hours and, if you're anything like me, you'll end up dipping into it for advice whenever you're broaching user testing or any similar exercise.
I am only currently a student, but I have the 'Elements of User Experience' diagram on my wall and I use it to help plan all of my projects. This book opens your eyes to so many aspects of user experience that it would be difficult coming away from reading it without learning something new.
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Absolutely essential reading if this is an area of professional or personal interest.
It made me think differently about some of the projects I was involved with over the past... Read more
It is without any doubt a very well written book, but if you are somewhat trained on usability it is not the must to read item. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2010 by Cliente Amazon
I initially wanted this book because I thought it would give me actual research insight into user experience for the web. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2009 by evi bada