sketching user experiences

author: bill buxton
publisher: morgan kaufmann (an imprint of elsevier)
year: 2007
size: 448 pages, 23.5 x 24 x 2.3 cm
ISBN: 978-0123740373

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this book is based on the premise that design is a distinct discipline. it involves unique skills
that are critical to the molding of these emerging technologies into a form that serves out
society, and reflects its values.

content

‘bigger, better, faster and the solution to all your problems.’ we have all heard it all before, new products promising the world. however the truth is that these products rarely deliver and often create more problems than they solve. as author bill buxton argues in ‘sketching user experiences’, the explanation is an over reliance on technology and an absence of design.

design, buxton believes, has an immense variety of skills and methods which when used effectively can insure that products are developed to actually succeed. in today’s world designers can’t rest on their laurels, technology continually progresses and designers need to face this challenge by building on their existing skills and practise, not replacing them. the skill he believes holds the most potential is sketching.

while designers will no doubt be familiar with sketching, many form the world of business and technology are not. sketching, as buxton defines, is an overarching perspective and approach rather than a single technique. in sketching, nothing is final, everything can be changed, modified and freely evolved. but sketching takes many forms beyond pen on paper. buxton explains that with new technologies must come new methodologies for sketching. in the book, he explains these new approaches and illustrates them thoroughly with case studies and examples.

by using the principles of sketching, buxton hopes to expand an understanding of design thinking beyond designers but also to the people they work with. this holistic approach allows individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds to find common ground, shaping more informed product development. as the book’s subtitle emphasises, an important part of this new approach is a balance of the development phase and ideation: ‘getting the design right and the right design.’ with this new approach and plethora of new techniques, buxton hopes the product’s of the future will enable technology to benefit society and deliver on their promises.

is it for me?

this book is well-suited to designers of all kinds especially those experimenting with new technologies. however it more broadly reaches out to people in business, engineering and computer science. it’s casual tone is easy to follow and the rich examples provide concrete evidence of book’s principles at work.

sketching user experiences by bill buxton

sketching user experiences by bill buxton

sketching user experiences by bill buxton

sketching user experiences by bill buxton

sketching user experiences by bill buxton

sketching user experiences by bill buxton

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