Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design

Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design

by Giles Colborne
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Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design by Giles Colborne

In a chaotic world, we all crave simplicity. We don’t want to waste time reconfiguring our smartphones, fumbling over digital printers, or plodding through online forms while deadlines bear down on us. We want technology that works.

Yet the harder we try to create simple user experiences, the more we tie ourselves up in knots. We are undermined by demands to cram in more features, or lured into approaches that turn out to be more complex than ever.

Simplicity is a discipline that can be learned. This book shows you how–with humor, powerful examples, quotes, and case studies.

This new edition has been updated to provide fresh advice for teams struggling to satisfy the conflicting demands of their stakeholders; it addresses important trends in technology; and it shows how four simple rules of simplicity can be applied to new and emerging types of interaction.


More information at: www.simpleandusable.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321714152
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Series: Voices That Matter
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Giles Colborne has spent his career making technology simple to use. He is CEO of cxpartners, an experience design consultancy based in the United Kingdom that helps organizations located all over the world to plan, create, and manage elegant services that their customers love.

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 More than 1 year ago
Very useful tips for designing for usability, although you will have to find the how-to-it's elsewhere.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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!