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Jakob Nielsen on B. J. Fogg's Persuasive Technology
Jakob Nielsen reviews B. J. Fogg's book on persuasive technology:

"It is a rare book that defines a new discipline or fundamentally changes how we think about technology and our jobs. Dr. B. J. Fogg's new book, Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, does all of this. I highly recommend that you read it for two reasons:

- The book's indispensable design advice will grow your business.
- You must teach your children to recognize this new class of manipulation."

Links:
Jakob Nielsen's review of Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think
Ben Hyde's comment about B. J. Fogg and The Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab

Henrik Olsen | March 04, 2003

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Learning from Games: Seven Principles of Effective Design
A hy~leeô rated article!

Abstract: Why do players of computer games seem to approach those applications without fear, eagerly exploring and learning as they go, whereas users of business applications will go out of their way to keep from using the tools? Why do business applications require volumes of documentation when the most complex games come with a brief tutorial and a strategy guide for exploration? Why can games teach pilots to fly multi-million-dollar jets better than books and classroom training? These questions have led us to ask another question: Why can't business applications be more like games? In this article, we attempt to lay the ground work for future research by defining seven design principles found in games that we believe contribute to the creation of more usable applications.

Contents:
INTRODUCTION: WHY STUDY GAMES?
ATTRACT MODE
CLEARLY STATED GOALS
BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS
TRANSPARENCY
PERFORMANCE COACHING
TRAINING WHEELS
CONSISTENT FEEDBACK
CONCLUSION
REFERENCES

Links:
The Article (requires free registration) - also avail. as pdf
The EServer Tech. Comm. Library: Articles > Information Design

ben HyDe(Sign) | Febuary 21, 2003

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Submit Now - Designing Persuasive Web Sites
Andrew Chakís book on persuasive design takes its starting point in customer behaviour theory, which describes customer decisions as a sequence of steps from recognizing a need to product choice. In order to design persuasive sites, we have to support and move the customers along this decision cycle.

Chak brings the decision-making process to life with his four types of users, which represent peopleís different needs at each stage in the process. In the book, he shows us how to accommodate each userís needs and motivate them to move along.

Chak has done a pretty good job in explaining the essence of customer behaviour theory in a clear and simple way, and extends the theory gracefully to interaction design and usability. He masters the art of bringing things down to earth - much like Steve Krug in Donít Make Me Think.

I highly recommend the book to everyone who wants to know what this talk about persuasive design is all about.

Links:
The book at amazon.com
The book at amazon.co.uk
Previous posting about Steve Krugís book Donít Make Me Think

Henrik Olsen | Febuary 18, 2003

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dust or magic
This is a great book about multimedia design. It provides an insightful history of this field and provides real world examples of what works, and more importantly, why.
The book is also a great source of examples of successful multimedia - including 'Ceremony of Innocence' and 'The Book of Lulu'. Bob's site also name checks Peter Small whose lingo books have been pretty influential.
Bob Hughes started out as a calligrapher, was previously a creative director and having developed various multimedia applications is now a consultant who is also involved in the MA Electronic Media course at Oxford Brookes in the UK.

Links:
Bob Hughes' site
Review at Mantex
amazon UK book page (as you will see I do like this book)
it also stars on my mUdIa amazon.com listmania page

ben HyDe(Sign) | January 31, 2003

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The Marketerís Common Sense Guide to E-metrics
This eBook by Bryan Eisenberg and Jim Novo takes web log analysis a step further than the "Gee, thatís interesting" metrics. It explains the advantages of defining clear objectives about what you want with a site and how to measure success.

The book provides 22 metrics to measure content and commerce aspect of how a web siteís visitors behave, and can be used as proof-of-concept for changes you need to make to design, copy, or navigation.

The book is a companion guide to the web site conversion calculators developed by Bryan Eisenberg, which has previously been posted at GUUUI.

Links:
The eBook The Marketerís Common Sense Guide to E-metrics
White Paper on the eBook
Previous posting about the web conversion calculators

Henrik Olsen | January 25, 2003

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Making the Web Work Ė Designing Effective Web Applications
As the web has matured, interaction designers have been faced with the challenge of designing complex web-based applications, which resemble desktop applications in functionality and complexity.

Bob Baxley is a practicing designer specialized in interface design for both web and desktop applications. In his book, he does a great job explaining how the page-based hypertext model of the web, compared to the task and action based model of desktop applications, present a variety of unique challenges for web interface design. In the book, youíll find a great amount of useful tips on how to exploit the limited interactive vocabulary of the web.

Unfortunately, the focus of the book is somewhat blurred. A large part of the book deals with general aspect of web site development, which isnít relevant in the context of web applications. Iím sure that if Baxley had focused more exclusively on web applications, he could have taught us much more in less space.

Links:
Sample chapter (PDF)
The book at amazon.com
The book at amazon.co.uk
A more extensive review from Boxes and Arrows

Henrik Olsen | December 16, 2002

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Review of The Elements of User Experience
User experience design has grown into a complex field, with many disparate phases and blurred demarcations. Jesse James Garretís book, The Elements of User Experience, is an attempt to tidy up this messy business. In the book, Garret uncovers nature of the beast by splitting it into manageable pieces and putting it all together again.

Garretís book draws the big picture of web user experience design, systematically covering all established professions and recognized methods involved in the process from strategy to visual design. While some regard this as the bookís major achievement, experienced professionals might see it as its weakness. Every stone is turned, but we are only given a glimpse of whatís underneath them. The book is evidence that the field has grown into such a complex creature that 189 pages can only but scratch the surface, if everything has to fit in.

Links:
Order the book at amazon.com
Order the book at amazon.co.uk
Previous posting about the book with links to sample chapters

Henrik Olsen | November 26, 2002

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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
In the introduction, Christina Wodtke claims that her book on IA isnít for people doing IA for a living Ė "most of it will probably be old hat." It might be true, that her book wonít make a revolution for the IA field, but it is very enlightening to read about Wodtkeís practical use of the techniques and principles of IA. And thereís no armchair theory here. Everything is backed up by cases, examples, and practical advice on how to make everything work in the real world.

The book concentrates on traditional IA practices, such as:
- User research
- Organising content
- Card sorting
- Personas, scenarios and task analysis
- Site and flow diagramming
- Wireframing and storyboarding

At the end of the book, youíll also find some she-devil tricks on how to persuade you boss and co-workers to do things your way. Highly revealing - my girlfriend is never going to fool me again.

Links:
The book at amazon.com
The book at amazon.co.uk

Henrik Olsen | November 14, 2002

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The Design of Sites
Ever envied those programmers and their big fat reference books, from which they can get instant answers to all their problems. Envy no more. Douglas van Dyne, James Landay, and Jason Hongís book The Design of Sites is the reference guide for interaction designers and the like.

The book captures principles and best practices of web design and distils them into design patterns, saving you from reinventing the wheel every time you encounter a new design problem.

Iím very impressed by this book and Iím sure it will save me a lot of time looking for best solutions. This might turn out to be my number two favourite book about interaction design Ė right after "Don't Make Me Think".

Links:
The book at amazon.com
The book at amazon.co.uk
Sample chapters
Previous posting about design patterns

Hernrik Olsen | October 29, 2002

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Elements of User Experience
A sample chapter from Jesse James Garrettís book Elements of User Experience is available for download. In the chapter, Garrett explains his framework of the five elements of user experience.

Links:
The chapter Meet The Elements from Elements of User Experience (PDF)
Order the book at amazon.com
Order the book at amazon.co.uk
Review of the book in Boxes and Arrows

Henrik Olsen | October 21, 2002

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