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Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web


Have you ever been angry at your computer or cell phone? Frustrated that you couldn’t do what you needed to do? We’ve got the solution for whatever product you’re building.

In Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $35.00), author Lukas Mathis shows you how to design applications and websites that people will not only use, but will absolutely love.

Aimed at designers, developers, and product managers, this book helps those who are charged with what sometimes seems like an impossible task: making sure products work the way your users expect them to.

Weaving together hands-on techniques and fundamental concepts, you’ll learn how to make usability the cornerstone of your design process. Each technique chapter explains a specific approach you can use during the design process to make your product more user friendly, such as storyboarding, usability tests, and paper prototyping. Idea chapters are concept-based: how to write usable text, how realistic your designs should look, when to use animations.

Filled with illustrations and supported by psychological research, you’ll get a deep dive into research, design, and implementation—the essential stages in designing usable interfaces for applications and websites. Lukas inspires you to look at design in a whole new way, explaining exactly what to look for, and what to avoid, in creating products that people will be excited about.

Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

What People are Saying

An encyclopedic narrative of the life cycle of software UX design, stuffed with best practices, timely examples, and solid design methodologies. I wish I had it years ago!—Keith Lang, COO and interaction designer, Skitch

This book is smooth and pleasing like Swiss chocolate and has the eloquence of a cherry blossom. It’s a must-read and real gem for everybody who is eager to learn about usability.—Michael D. Trummer, Senior engagement manager, Appway, Inc.

It’s hard to write about usability concepts without sounding overly academic, but that’s exactly what Lukas has done. This book is a must-read if you are familiar with basic usability concepts and are ready to learn more.—Jon Bell, Interaction designer, Windows Phone

Book Information

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Designed for Use

Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web

by Lukas Mathis

ISBN: 9781934356753, 310 pages, $35.00US, $40.00CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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