A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making

A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making

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“If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you. “  — Chris Bernard, User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft

User experience design is the discipline of creating a useful and usable Web site or application—one that’s easily navigated and meets the needs of both the site owner and its users. But there’s a lot more to successful UX design than knowing the latest Web technologies or design trends: It takes diplomacy, project management skills, and business savvy. That’s where this book comes in. Authors Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler show you how to integrate UX principles into your project from start to finish.

• Understand the various roles in UX design, identify stakeholders, and enlist their support
• Obtain consensus from your team on project objectives
• Define the scope of your project and avoid mission creep
• Conduct user research and document your findings
• Understand and communicate user behavior with personas
• Design and prototype your application or site
• Make your product findable with search engine optimization
• Plan for development, product rollout, and ongoing quality assurance

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  1. John McSwain "Compound J" says:
    30 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
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    Excellent UX resource, April 1, 2009
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    This review is from: A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making (Paperback)

    A Project Guide to UX Design is a book that defines the micro and macroscopic views of user experience design and its role in the project life cycle. Russ and Carolyn do a great job of reiterating what the core of user experience design is as well as identifying the different roles that utilize it. The book covers a lot of ground and takes a transcendental approach of showing the underlying purpose for each role in order to promote a synthetic comprehension of user experience design as opposed to shallow memorization.

    The main target audience of the book are Information Architects, Interaction Designers, User Researchers, and other project stakeholders (Business Analysts, Content Strategists, Copywriters, Visual Designers, and Front-end Developers).

    To make the contents more inviting, I’ve created an enclosing outline to provide abstract classifications for several groups of chapters. Each number represents the number of pages in each chapter:

    + Introduction
    – Chapter 1: The Tao of UXD (8)
    – Chapter 2: The Project Ecosystem (29)

    + Business Perspective
    – Chapter 3: Proposals for Consultants and Freelancers (15)
    – Chapter 4: Project Objectives and Approach (10)
    – Chapter 5: Business Requirements (15)

    + Research
    – Chapter 6: User Research (26)
    – Chapter 7: Personas (13)
    – Chapter 8: User Experience Design and SEO (17)

    + Information Architecture / Interaction Design
    – Chapter 9: Transition from Defining to Designing (18)
    – Chapter 10: Site Maps and Task Flows (17)
    – Chapter 11: Wireframes and Annotations (17)
    – Chapter 12: Prototyping (15)
    – Chapter 13: Design testing with Users (25)
    – Chapter 14: Transition: From Design to Development and Beyond (10)

    The book also contains frequent references to books, online resources, and user experience groups and authors throughout as opposed to an Appendix or a ‘For further reading’ section nested in the back. This helps to drive home the thoughts as you read them, rather than ‘when you are finished’.

    As an aspiring user experience professional, I do believe that this book is worth owning, reading, and referencing as a compass to create effective user experience in any project setting.

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  2. Joe Sokohl "Books, Bikes, and Blue States" says:
    31 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
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    Excellent Tool for Anyone who Cares About the User Experience, May 20, 2009
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    A great overview of user experience project approaches. This book provides insight as well as practicalities to both novice and experienced UX project team members.

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  3. Christopher M. Bernard "UX Professional" says:
    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great book for new UX professionals or organizations new to UX, July 4, 2009
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    Christopher M. Bernard “UX Professional” (Elmhurst, IL United States) –
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    This review is from: A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making (Paperback)

    If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you.

    It’s a crisp overview of all the foundational activities that you’ll encounter as a UX professional.

    If you’ve been practicing and in the UX field for a few years and want a good gut check to answer the question, “Am I doing this right” this is the book for you too. I don’t think it will teach experienced professionals anything they don’t already know but then again I don’t think that was the goal of the book.

    UX Design is really focused on how the work of UX designer gets done day to day and its focus on topics that some UX folks ignore, but are critical, like SEO and contract creation are refreshing. The best analogy I can think of regarding this book is that it reminds me of the excellent professional practice guides that the AIGA used to put out years ago.

    There’s a natural Web focus in this book but folks that are in the UX discipline in any realm should find it useful and perhaps essential reading.

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