Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning

Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning

by Dan M. Brown


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Successful web design teams depend on clear communication between developers and their clients—and among members of the development team. Wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other design diagrams establish a common language so designers and project teams can capture ideas, track progress, and keep their stakeholders informed.

In this all new edition of Communicating Design, author and information architect Dan Brown defines and describes each deliverable, then offers practical advice for creating the documents and using them in the context of teamwork and presentations, independent of methodology. Whatever processes, tools, or approaches you use, this book will help you improve the creation and presentation of your wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other deliverables.

The book now features:

  • An improved structure comprising two main sections: Design Diagrams and Design Deliverables. The first focuses on the nuts and bolts of design documentation and the second explains how to pull it all together.
  • New deliverable: design briefs, as well as updated advice on wireframes, flow charts, and concept models.
  • More illustrations, to help designers understand the subtle variations and approaches to creating design diagrams.
  • Reader exercises, for those lonely nights when all you really want to do is practice creating wireframes, or for use in workshops and classes.
  • Contributions from industry leaders: Tamara Adlin, Stephen Anderson, Dana Chisnell, Nathan Curtis, Chris Fahey, James Melzer, Steve Mulder, Donna Spencer, and Russ Unger.

“As an educator, I have looked to Communicating Design both as a formal textbook and an informal guide for its design systems that ultimately make our ideas possible and the complex clear.”

—Liz Danzico, from the Foreword

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321712462
Publisher: New Riders
Publication date: 09/29/2010
Series: Voices That Matter Series
Pages: 299
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dan Brown has been practicing information architecture and user experience design since 1994. Through his consulting work in both public and private sectors, he has improved enterprise communications for both Federal and Fortune 500 clients, currently the Federal Communications Commission. Dan writes and speaks frequently on information architecture, and contributed to the inaugural issue of UX Matters, a new online magazine dedicated to user experience design. Dan is very active in the local Washington, DC information architecture community, and serves on the advisory board for the Information Architecture Institute.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Part 1: Design Diagrams
2 Diagram Basics
3 Personas
4 Concept Models
5 Site Maps
6 Flowcharts
7 Wireframes
Part 2: Design Deliverables
8 Deliverable Basics
9 Design Briefs
10 Competitive Reviews
11 Usability Plans
12 Usability Reports

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Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Developing professional web applications is very hard process. Additiona, professional planning and creating projects is very, very hard process and something people can't have a good start. Building professional website is long process, where we must talk with others developers, how building business logic, concept models, usability, create user experiences and more. In this book You can find complete vision how professional team can working to building a good vision web sites projects, concepts and delivery this project to developing for programmers. Easy comments, diagrams, models and presented reports in every page in this book is the best method to inform you how you can create professional project. Every books from Peachpit is easy to learn and have a friendly text. From novice to professional is good slogan for this and others books ... In this book you find: - how started build good project for website. - what do people think of your site desing. - usability and user experiences concepts. - how create good site model for innovative and modern website. Very useful elements in this book is checklist panel, where You can submit your record and check your status of project, with professional metodology model. Additional, combining quick tips for improving deliverables with in-depth discussions of presentation and risk mitigation techniques, author Dan Brown shows you how to make the documentation you're required to provide into the most efficient communications tool possible. Summary, if you think create good website, you must have this book. When I create first big project with this book I easly create concepts and models, with short then ever time.
Murdocke23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you need to present ideas on a web site to others, this is your book. Covers the processes of creating web-related documents in a comprehensive manner. It's focused on the documents, but also lets you know how to approach them, what to watch out for, how they work with each other, and how they fit into the processes of developing and designing a website. It covers each document in a similar way and from a layered approach, rather than a 'always do it this way' style. It's easy to read, but there's a lot of insightful information to go over, so it's not an 'overnight' book.
Pivo1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a practical book with a clear focus: creating design documentation. Brown covers ten design deliverables in detail, including sitemaps, flowcharts, wireframes, and screen designs. This is a very hands-on book that goes into great detail of creating design deliverables with many good examples. It¿s highly recommended.
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The material is easy to follow and the illustrations are plenty; tables, figures etc.
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