Each week, I will feature a new UX resource that is free…until I run out of free resources, that is. I will tag these articles as UX Freebie so they are easier to locate. In addition, I will tweet the articles and tag them #uxfreebie in the event you would rather search through them there. The criteria for a resource to be a freebie is simple – it must be free, reviewed by me and UX related. This part of the site is about guiding you to a free UX resource so good you would have paid for it.
This week we have Luke Mathis’ book: Designed for Use. The primary focus of this book is to give you the practical tools to create designs that are user-centered. The text is focused mostly on web design, but offers an overview of the entire design process – from research to the final build. In each phase Mathis gives you practical tips in ensuring you are meeting the user’s needs.
From the book description:
Weaving together hands-on techniques and fundamental concepts, you’ll learn how to make usability the cornerstone of your design process. Each technique chapter explains a specific approach you can use during the design process to make your product more user friendly, such as storyboarding, usability tests, and paper prototyping. Idea chapters are concept-based: how to write usable text, how realistic your designs should look, when to use animations.
Filled with illustrations and supported by psychological research, expert developer and user interface designer Lukas Mathis gives you a deep dive into research, design, and implementation – the essential stages in designing usable interfaces for applications and websites. Lukas inspires you to look at design in a whole new way, explaining exactly what to look for, and what to avoid, in creating products that people will be excited about.
This is a great resource and still fairly recent. I can’t find a topic Mathis writes of that is not still pertinent. This one could cost you up to $30 in paperback, but you can get it for less by using the link below. And that is what the UX Freebie of the Week is all about – bringing you quality UX resources at no cost.