Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design
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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 30th 2010 by New Riders Publishing (first published September 16th 2010)
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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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
Very clever book, the epitome of simple and usable. Does not necessarily provide practical guidance, but it's very thought-provoking and inspirational.
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?)
It could be very simple way of guideline for interaction designers to design digital tools and applications. Remove, hide, organize and displace...
great book if you're designing anything. feels a little bit like a textbook with big pictures and factoids. a lot of practical advice.
Some great tips on web design. Love that the book practises what it preaches: simplicity and usability. Made me want to read it.
One of the best books I've ever read. Essential for anyone involved in design. Swoon!
Sjors Timmer
Gives a thought through process to think about simplifying our world
Bryony Thomas
Beautifully written, exemplar of simplicity and communication.
Jim Nielsen
The title describes the book: simple and usable
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