About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design
The 4th edition of "About Face "is the most significant revision yet, with a new unique design and 4-color interior, dedicated ...more
Alan Cooper pioneered key concepts like designing for intermediates, goal-directed design, and personas which have become cornerstones of this burgeoning profession. In these moments of the book, Cooper is nothing short of genius. He literally helped invent a new field, consequently changing how we all use ...more
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On the other hand, it describes UI widgets. And a UI widget does not make a UX, no matter how beautifully it is laid out.
And as someone who has used and suffered through bad UI, I don't think I'm learning anything from tips like "don't overuse dialog boxes." It is pretty obvious why. The detailed breakdown of drag and drop and mouse / keyboard interact ...more
Furthermore Cooper also talks about how to approach and describe your user (i.e. Personas) and how to define your user's need and wants in order to translate that to your designs.
Last but certainly not least: the design principles. Throughout the book Cooper notes design principles which are very usefull.
It's a bit of a slog, reading like a textbook. But well-worth it if you do IxD for a living. I've not found any other text that manages to work through all the core skills of this field.
It is primarily aimed at big budget software, with a large design team (as opposed to the small team that I work in, that has no designers).
The Designers Bible
This, the fourth edition of About Face is far and away the best collaborative effort of Authors Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel .
Collectively, these four Masterclass Professionals have not only put the tradecraft of Soft-Design under the spotlight, but in many ways created the spotlight as well.
As Alan Cooper mentions in the introduction, software V.U.E. (Visual User Experience) was original created by ID (Industrial Designers)...more
Alan Cooper professes his opinions unapologetically, but that's to be expected. If you're not familiar with his opinions, start with The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy ...more
After finishing that crazy project (which took a few minutes a day here and there for a year), I'm currently reading Designing for the Digital Age, another book from someone else at the same company. Designing for the Digital Age has a lot of grea ...more
1) The book could have been way shorter and less repetitive on some topics. The book never ends.
2) The book invents some unnecessary new terms from old ideas which to me seem very unreasonable. Why do we need to make things more complicated?
3) The book is not reader-friendly at all with its wide lines, and the use of very thick glossy paper which makes it too heavy to hold. Forget about reading it on your commute.
Being honest, there are also ...more
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