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Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design

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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 ...more
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Published September 16th 2010 by New Riders Publishing
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Dec 11, 2011 Dhuaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
It's a very one-sided book. Sure, it offers a ton of nice advice on how to make things simpler, but NOT everything needs to be simpler. Some of the examples were so forced/silly that it really made me question the value of this text. Bashing Adobe Photoshop for not being accessible to people wanting to edit family photos? Guess what, it was made for professionals. There is other photo-retouching software on the market made specifically for home use. Don't dumb down things that are made for power ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Stringy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: User interface designers/developers
Recommended to Stringy by: UX bookclub
Fantastic book that made me re-think all the projects I'm working on. I love that Colborne practices what he preaches: his book is simple to read and presents useful processes in addition to theories. Anyone making user interfaces for websites, apps or even appliances should read this to make their product great instead of merely good.
Dec 10, 2015 Lehaleha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice book - very simple and indeed usable. It makes sense, in contrast to many other much thicker books on UX. Actually it's tiny size is also big plus - it can be read in one evening. Unless you hope to become UX-pro by finding magical recipe in a book - in that case you should looks somewhere else, "UX in 21 day" or something like that.
Thesis: Simplicity and Usability are two key goals of modern design.

Summary: Begins by stating that simplicity is necessary for mainstream market (as opposed to expert or proficient users) but does not necessarily mean less or easy to implement (unicycle illustration). The practice of making something simple usually involves Removal, Sorting, Hiding or Reduction. (remote control example). When designing something simple and usable, it is important to follow stories and reduce purpose statements
Jun 06, 2011 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good general read on usability and user experience, that draws on the personal experience of a thought leader in the field. I especially enjoyed the chapters dealing with techniques for 'hiding complexity'. His use of the "Flip" camera as a usability high water mark is unfortunate, as it was just discontinued and kind of dates the book. It also illustrates how a great tech product may only have a 3-4 year life cycle in today world of constant technological churn.

Maybe every other page did
Feb 18, 2013 Jadwiga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ux
Dobra książka na start z projektowaniem interfejsów, czyta się łatwo i szybko, a konkretne przykłady rozwiązań zapadają w pamieć. Autor przedstawia i omawia cztery sposoby uzyskania prostoty: usuwanie, organizacja, ukrywanie i przenoszenie.

Co ciekawe, każde zagadnienie zostało poruszone dokładnie na jednej stronie, a obok niego znalazła się fotografia lub przykład interfejsu je ilustrujący. Dzięki temu książka nadaje się nie tylko do przeczytania od deski do deski, ale równie dobrze można po nią
Leonard Houx
With an uninspiring, slightly patronizing opening gambit and a dull magazine style format (every other picture is a stock photo), Simple and Usable almost had me giving up. It's a good thing I held on, though, because once it gets going, it provides a concrete, systematic list of methods for simplifying user interfaces.

If you can stand the corporate, stock photo cheesiness, and you want get beyond minimalist slogans like 'less is more', then give this a shot.
Chris Witt
Jul 24, 2014 Chris Witt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been in the Web Design Game for over a dozen years now, this definitely hit home. If you are like me and are often irritated at how developers think like "power users" instead of like "normal people", then this will resonate with you. If you don't think that way, then you should; this book will help explain why.
Mar 28, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, design, tech
Remove what you don't need, organize what you do, hide what you can. Displace.
When you get the balance of tasks right, letting users focus on choosing and directing, and having the computer focus on remembering and calculating, you'll create experiences that are simple and surprising because of the creativity users can bring to them.
Barkan Saeed
Feb 25, 2015 Barkan Saeed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book for UX Beginners. Concepts Explained very nicely and learned a lot of things.

Presents a nice way on how you should approach UX for simplicity rather than usability. Highly recommended for Startup owners and anyone looking to invest into web or mobile solutions or even every day things that we use
Matej Latin Latin
Jan 05, 2015 Matej Latin Latin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ux, design
This book fundamentally changed how I think about design and the world in general. We live in a complicated world, but it doesn't really have to be this way. Giles Colborne uses very simple language and examples to get to the point. This book is short and concise.
Jul 30, 2014 Bas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitesize content, very accesible but no deeper layers of information. A great summary of strategies for getting simplicity into services, products or digital experiences, but to shallow to it promote to a must read.
Mar 01, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book if you're designing anything. feels a little bit like a textbook with big pictures and factoids. a lot of practical advice.
JJ Halans
Jun 21, 2011 JJ Halans is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This little book is only 184 pages, which turn out to be only about 90 pages of text. So pretty quick to go through (though worth its price?)
Stephen Groenewegen
Some great tips on web design. Love that the book practises what it preaches: simplicity and usability. Made me want to read it.
Prabuddha Das
Apr 28, 2016 Prabuddha Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplified in 4 stages of simplification. Good book, quite interesting finished in 2.5 hours at a stretch.
Mohammad Shaker
Jul 29, 2016 Mohammad Shaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title reflects what's on the book except that it's much directed to Wed Interaction design. Great read.
Feb 08, 2012 Thebookmistress rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tpl, ux
Very clever book, the epitome of simple and usable. Does not necessarily provide practical guidance, but it's very thought-provoking and inspirational.
May 01, 2011 Minah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It could be very simple way of guideline for interaction designers to design digital tools and applications. Remove, hide, organize and displace...
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