Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 proven strategies for achieving simplicity. Remove, hide, organize and displace become guidelines for designers, who learn simplicity by seeing...
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Overview

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 proven strategies for achieving simplicity. Remove, hide, organize and displace become guidelines for designers, who learn simplicity by seeing before and after examples and case studies where the results speak for themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321714152
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 758,808
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

 

Part 1

Why are we here?

A story about simplicity

The power of simplicity

Increasing complexity is unsustainable

Not that kind of simple

Character

Fake simplicity

Know yourself

 

Part 2

Setting a vision

Two ways to describe what’s core

Get out of your office

What to look for

Three types of user

Why you should ignore expert customers

Design for the mainstream

What mainstreamers want

Emotional needs

Simplicity is about control

Choosing the right “what”

Describing the user experience

Putting it all together

World, character, Extreme usability

The quick and dirty way

Insight

Getting the right vision

Share it

 

Part 3

Four strategies for simplicity

Simplify this

The remote control

The four strategies

 

Part 4

Remove

Remove

How not to do it

Focus on what’s core

Kill lame features

What if the user…?

But our customers want it

Solutions, not processes

When features don’t matter

Will it hurt?

Prioritizing features Load Decisions

Distractions

Smart defaults

Options and preferences

When one option is too many

Errors

Visual clutter

Removing words

Simplifying sentences

Removing too much

You can do it

Focus

 

Part 5

Organize

Organize

Chunking

Organizing for behavior

Hard edges

Alphabets and formats

Search

Time and space

Grids

Size and location Layers

Color coding

Desire paths

 

Part 6

Hide

Hide

Infrequent but necessary

Customizing

Automatic customization

Progressive disclosure

Staged disclosure

X doesn’t mark the spot

Cues and clues

Making things easy to find

After you hide

 

Part 7

Displace

Displace

Displacing between devices

Mobile vs. desktop

Displacing to the user

What users do best

Creating open experiences

Kitchen knives and pianos

Unstructured data

Trust

 

Part 8

Before we go

Conservation of complexity

Details

Simplicity happens in the user’s head

Photo Credits 186

Index 189

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Very useful tips for designing for usability, although you will

    Very useful tips for designing for usability, although you will have to find the how-to-it's elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Very useful

    Almost every sentence you'll read in this book is a practical advice for a simpler experience. It won't give you a step-by-step for designing something from scratch, but all those advices will surely be useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    Good reminders for the web application developer

    This book is full of great reminders to bring a web application developer/user experience architect full circle in their thinking. It helps set the vision of even the smallest application or interface. Very well written and extremely consumable!

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