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Review: Killer UX Design

Killer UX Design
by Jodie Moule
Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Ltd.

A basic, but thorough book on UX design, but probably not aimed at developers or other non-UX designers.

Contents

  1. You Are Not Your User
  2. Understand the Business Problem
  3. Understand the User Context
  4. Making Sense of What You’ve Found
  5. Sketching to Explore the Design Concept
  6. Prototype the Solution
  7. Test, Learn, Tweak. Iterate
  8. Launch to Learn about Behavior

The book itself “aims to be an introduction to user experience design”.  It starts out very basic, including a pretty detailed description of what UX design even means.

As a developer, I like to “test early and often”. The author advocates testing your design early and often with actual users. It makes sense, for the same reason I test my code early, it’s cheaper to fix early in the process than it is later.  A good tip, but nothing groundbreaking.

She advocates knowing your user. Know the user’s business, not just the problem you are solving. Again, these are definitely musts for UX design, but nothing Earth-shattering.

With words like “stakeholders” and “ideating” througout the book, it was a bit too buzzwordy for me.

I was confused by the target audience for this book.  It is clearly set up for the reader to learn how to create an in-depth plan for UX design, i.e., it seems to be targeting people who do UX for a living, in which case, why would the reader be reading a beginner level book? However, it’s far too in-depth for someone who is just looking to incorporate better design into their regular job, i.e., a developer or programmer.

And I completely lost all respect for this book when I read “I chose to use PowerPoint for my wireframes”.  Maybe that’s what designers use, but as a developer I prefer something like Balsamiq (which to be fair, the author does mention).  But PowerPoint? Really?!

If you really feel you are missing the basics of UX design or have a lot of time to devote to the full UX design process (or are changing careers to be a UX designer?) then this book may be worth a read.