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And a UI widget does not make a UX, no matter how beautifully it is laid out. And as someone who has used and suffered through bad UI, I don't think I'm learning anything from tips like "don't overuse dialog boxes. Excellent book for what it is. Mar 20, Adam Wiggins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unbelievably thorough examination of all aspects of how to design digital products, mainly software. It's a bit of a slog, reading like a textbook. But well-worth it if you do IxD for a living. I've not found any other text that manages to work through all the core skills of this field.

Jan 28, Gerard rated it it was amazing.

One of the few books I know that explains how to do a UI right instead of spending all its time whining about what is wrong with UIs. Worked with Coopers on a UI and they do excellent work. Not an easy read but I can't think of any books that go this deep into the details of interface design. Cooper's concept of 'excise' superfluous interaction has always stuck with me. Dec 14, Kris rated it it was amazing.

I use this every single day of my working life. Jun 07, Nicole Califano rated it really liked it. Huge, weighty, and quite philisophical book on UX practices. Tough to sink teeth into, but great for keeping on desk for reference. Aug 08, Michel Kuik rated it really liked it. Must-have for interaction designers. Don't read it from a-z, but use it as guide you pick up once in a while. Apr 08, Wenhuan rated it really liked it.

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Jun 27, Morgane rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel like this book is extremely fucking long just for the sake of being extremely fucking long. Christ, what a slog. May 26, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Cooper certainly is one of the quintessential authors on Interaction Design and this is must-read for designers of all walks. It's an interesting read, but just a tad long-winded at times. Aug 13, Summa Smiff rated it really liked it. The main thesis of the book, which is that the ultimate success of interaction design is how well it helps users accomplish their goals, is both obviously true but also lacking in many other design books.

About Face 3 has several chapters on how to research and identify user goals, explaining the persona model better than most. The rest of the book covers how to create interfaces for those personas, avoiding long lectures on typography in favor of thinking of the design holistically from the per The main thesis of the book, which is that the ultimate success of interaction design is how well it helps users accomplish their goals, is both obviously true but also lacking in many other design books.

The rest of the book covers how to create interfaces for those personas, avoiding long lectures on typography in favor of thinking of the design holistically from the perspective of a new, intermediate, or expert user. The book does a good job approaching design from a broad perspective as well as giving helpful advice for small granular details such as the usefulness of a toolbar versus a menu. Sep 22, Eoghan Hickey rated it it was amazing.

This book, along with Kim Goodwin's Designing for the digital age, is the best place to start for aspiring interaction designers to learn about user experience design. So much has been said already in terms of praise for this book. Personally, I find the first half more interesting with the approach to research and modelling, than the latter parts going towards more detail design. Feb 22, Mr RB rated it liked it.

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It has a few nuggest but LOTS of kak. It's really not what I expected. Starting to think that non-fiction non-biography books that are over pages long are often poorly written.

Feb 19, Cedd rated it liked it. This has some useful high level points in it, but for me it would be better if it was about half the size. A lot of the pages are taken up describing well known idioms, and less with proposing examples of how to do things well. It is primarily aimed at big budget software, with a large design team as opposed to the small team that I work in, that has no designers.

Jul 14, Matthew rated it really liked it. The most exhaustive book I've read on design, would skip the latter third of the book. What was most useful is the process of design and the principles of design which can obviously be improved on but at the core is timeless.

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Jul 01, Aamna rated it it was amazing. The Bible for interaction design.

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It's a bit academic but if you're really into this topic you won't regret picking it up one bit. Only recently has IxD Interactive Design found both its place and well-deserved recognition in soft-design; and that, in large part, is due to the these four professionals authoring books such as this one The first three editions of About Face introduced the medium as a necessary skillset for all software markets - specifically SaaS Software as a Service.

Feb 22, Tom Panning rated it liked it. This is an opinionated "bible" or "end-all be-all" style of book. It covers everything from the methods that you use in research and design to chapters on the specifics of dialogs and menus vs. I tend to prefer books that focus on a particular topic and are shorter. Alan Cooper professes his opinions unapologetically, but that's to be expected. He makes plenty of valid points and I think he's more right than wrong, but if you're looking for a book that weighs pros and cons, look elsewhere. Cooper tells you what he thinks and you can take it or leave it.

First, there's a lot of good information in this book and if you were only allowed to read one book on interaction design, this would be a reasonable choice. But the writing is pretty dense which combines with the length to make a book that's hard to read straight through. It's broken into three distinct parts so it might be better to consider it three books bound together. And ultimately, that's my real complaint with this book: All told, this book deserves a place on your bookshelf because it's hard to find a better book on some of its topics.

But unfortunately, it left me wishing someone would write those better books. Feb 13, David Parmelee rated it it was amazing. About Face 3 is an extremely useful text on interaction design, mostly on the theoretical and historical side.

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After reading the whole book, I looked up every entry in its roughly page index to get a more solid understanding of all topics presented. After finishing that crazy project which took a few minutes a day here and there for a year , I'm currently reading Designing for the Digital Age, another book from someone else at the same company. Designing for the Digital Age has a lot of grea About Face 3 is an extremely useful text on interaction design, mostly on the theoretical and historical side.

Designing for the Digital Age has a lot of great practical examples. These two books pair very well for helping form a very solid understanding of interaction design and learning about how user-centered design approaches are much better than the more implementation-centric approaches which preceded them. Between these two titles and Alan Cooper's The Inmates Are Running the Asylum, as well as the company's impressive body of work, it is easy to tell that Cooper both the company and the founders possess a great deal of thought leadership in this field.

If you're considering going into UX, you need to read this book or its newer edition, simply called About Face. Nov 10, Ardavan Mir rated it really liked it. Couple of points to consider before reading this book: The book never ends. Why do we need to make things more complicated?

Forget about reading it on your commute. Being honest, there are also Couple of points to consider before reading this book: Dec 28, Doug Farren rated it really liked it. There is a LOT of information in this book which is why it took so long for me to read it. There are a lot of really good suggestions scattered around the books many pages. I must admit that I skipped over a few of the beginning chapters because I typically write code for a very well-defined audience and I do not have to do any sort of in-depth analysis of my target population.

If you're a programmer and involved in writing programs to be used by a large number of people, then this book should There is a LOT of information in this book which is why it took so long for me to read it. If you're a programmer and involved in writing programs to be used by a large number of people, then this book should be required reading. Some of the suggestions the authors made would be difficult to implement but that does not mean the suggestions are without merit.

This is an amazing book. If you are involved in Interface Design at any level, I don't see how you can live without this book--or at least having read it once. When Roger Waters began production of the Pink Floyd album, The Final Cut , Gilmour claims, he requested Waters to wait another month for Gilmour to develop some musical ideas himself, but Waters felt he was "on a roll", and already had plenty of material to complete the album, a very personal project about his father's death in World War II, and the further victimisation of those who survived it.

Gilmour was later interviewed by Texas-based DJ Redbeard, on the radio programme, In the Studio during which the focus was his third album On an Island. He commented on About Face saying that, "looking back on it, it has some great moments on there but the whole flavour of it is too '80s for my current tastes. Gilmour embellished the song with a solo fretless bassline played by Pino Palladino , adding an edgy funk groove to the acoustic beginning of the song, leading to an instrumental bridge, where the song picks up in the speed of the beat with more electric instruments.

Two of them suited me well. The inner sleeve bears lyrics and photographs of Gilmour, and exists in at least two variations. A sleeve for the UK Harvest edition has rounded corners and opens to the side; one for the USA Columbia edition has square corners and opens to the top, relative to the lyric text. Like the cover, the latter sleeve is wider than it is tall, and may not fit into the outer sleeve if turned 90 degrees. In one corner of both versions are printed the words "Fleudian slip," a play on the words " Freudian slip " and "Pink Floyd.

All lyrics written by David Gilmour , except where noted; all music composed by David Gilmour. Another piece of music written for the album was not used by Gilmour. He asked Roy Harper and separately, Pete Townshend, to supply lyrics, but felt that those provided were not messages that he could relate to. Harper subsequently used the tune, with his lyrics, as "Hope", on his album with Jimmy Page , Whatever Happened to Jugula?

A Novel , on which Gilmour plays. The supporting tour for About Face , which lasted from March 31 to July 16, , covering Europe and North America saw Gilmour perform the following songs:.

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Roy Harper and Nick Mason joined him at his shows at the Hammersmith Odeon on 28, 29 and 30 April , which were filmed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. About Face Studio album by David Gilmour. Pop rock progressive pop soft rock hard rock. Bob Ezrin David Gilmour. Retrieved 1 November Pink Floyd the visual documentary Updated ed.

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