Mindful Design: How and Why to Make Design Decisions for the Good of Those Using Your Product (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/12/11
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Learn to create seamless designs backed by a responsible understanding of the human mind. This book examines how human behavior can be used to integrate your product design into lifestyle, rather than interrupt it, and make decisions for the good of those that are using your product.
Mindful Design introduces the areas of brain science that matter to designers, and passionately explains how those areas affect each human’s day-to-day experiences with products and interfaces. You will learn about the neurological aspects and limitations of human vision and perception; about our attachment to harmony and dissonance, such as visual harmony, musical harmony; and about our brain’s propensity towards pattern recognition and how we perceive the world cognitively.
In the second half of the book you will focus on the practical application of what you have learned, specific to interaction and interface design. Real-world examples are used throughout so that you can really see how design is impacting our everyday digital experience.
Design is a responsibility, but not enough designers understand the human mind or the process of thought. This book explores the key factors involved and shows you how to make the right design choices.
What You'll Learn
- Review how attention and distraction work and the cost of attentional switching
- Use Gestalt principles to communicate visual grouping
- Ensure your underlying models make sense to your audience
- Use time, progression, and transition to create a composition
- Carefully examine controlling behavior through reductionist and behaviorist motivation concepts
- Apply the theoretical knowledge to practical, mindful application design
Who This Book Is ForThe primary audience for this book is professional designers who wish to learn more about the human mind and how to apply that to their work. The book is also useful for design-focussed product owners and startup founders who wish to apply ethical thinking to a team, or when bootstrapping their products. The secondary audience is design students who are either studying a ‘traditional’ visual design course, or a UX/interaction design course who have a desire to learn how they might be able to apply mindful design to their early careers. Finally, a tertiary audience for this book would be tutors involved in teaching design, or peripheral, courses who may wish to incorporate its teachings into their lectures, workshops or seminars.
Scott Riley is a designer and developer, specializing in interface and interaction design. He has spoken at conferences around the world on the intersection of cognitive science, design and development. You can find details of all his work on his website,scott.is, his writing on Medium @scott_riley and on Twitter @scott_riley.
I've been waiting for this book to come out for a while, and it didn't disappoint. Mindful Design, at its core, is a book about how designers can study human behavior to create products that seamlessly work with users existing mental models instead of using techniques to grab, manipulate, and hold their attention with distractions and overwhelm.
The book is segmented into two main parts: an overview of some important cognitive models to be aware of in UX Design, including attention, learning & memory, reward & motivation, and others. The second half then focuses on more practical implementations, including understanding how we can use this knowledge to refine our testing, research, and visual design.
At a time where design is balancing how to best serve the user against the business-oriented perspectives of treating users as sources of data, revenue, etc. – Mindful Design is a needed fresh breath of air. And in some ways, a warning for UX & Product Designers on how we can create experiences that help, instead of harm users in implicit and explicit ways.
I would definitely recommend it to all UX Designers, and I'm glad to have read it so early in my own career.