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 another book: User-Centered Design A Developer’s Guide to Building User-Friendly Applications. This one is recent – published in 2013 – and has a really good overview of how user-centered design can improve your applications. This is a book that will give you the 1000 foot view. The author is both a developer and UX professional. So if you are a developer or project manager looking to get a brief introduction to UX, this is a great guide. From the O’Reilly description:
How do you design engaging applications that people love to use? This book demonstrates several ways to include valuable input from potential clients and customers throughout the process. With practical guidelines and insights from his own experience, author Travis Lowdermilk shows you how usability and user-centered design will dramatically change the way people interact with your application.
Learn valuable strategies for conducting each stage of the design process – from interviewing likely users and discovering your application’s purpose to creating a rich user experience with sound design principles. User-Centered Design is invaluable no matter what platform you use or audience you target.
The book can be read online or you can download a free PDF version of it. A $20 value if you bought it on Amazon, but free through the following link.