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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (Sept. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321712463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321712462
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.3 x 27.7 cm
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alfred on Sept. 24 2012
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When I got this book I feel very substantial. I am not read it yet, but I bought this book because one of my teacher recommended it to me. So I think this book might be a perfect one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Second Edition is Even Better! Dec 9 2010
By Amelia - Published on
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A great update to the first edition, which was a classic. This belongs in the reference library of every web and user experience designer. Although Dan Brown clearly wrote this with web designers from the IA/UX persuasion in mind, there's guidance throughout that can be leveraged by those from other design and creative disciplines that need to communicate their work to various audiences.

For me, that's the secret sauce that makes this book so valuable. Besides the excellent information (and more illustrations) on structure and tools for creating effective communications, it provides guidance on when and how to frame and use different types of communications (deliverables or diagrams) to facilitate discussions, work with stakeholders, clients, and other contributors, and enable projects to move forward. If you work with clients or stakeholders (what designer doesn't?), this book will help you be more successful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good content lost in poor style Oct. 13 2011
By Anastasia - Published on
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As some other reviewers have pointed out this book is best suited to those who are interested in managing the project as well as actually doing the design job. I can see how from his perspective this book does not agree with some designers, who care very little about how to set-up meetings to discuss design deliverables, and just want get their primary job done. However, as a product manager, I found this part interesting.
What is really bothering me is the style of the author's writing. Overcomplicated long phrasings mixed with out-of-place comments (or are those jokes?) about author's hobbies... sometimes I feel I am reading a blog not a book, it's a waste of time.
I would suggest that for the 3rd edition the author teams up with a good editor who would help him phrase his thoughts more laconically, and remove all the noise from the book. Until then, if you are considering buying this book, I suggest you keep looking (unless you have lots of free time).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful in all ways! Nov. 22 2010
By Tamara Adlin - Published on
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OK, I'm biased, but I love this book. Dan did such a great job creating a book that you actually WANT to come back to time and again. If you're like me, you probably have lots of books on your shelf, and they look nice up there, but you may not take them down and actually use them very much. This book might not look as nice on your shelf, because you'll use it so much that it will get beat up. Which is a good thing.
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The author really thinks they are funny and it distracted from the context he was trying ... Dec 17 2014
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This was a required reading for a class I took. The author really thinks they are funny and it distracted from the context he was trying to convey. The text is riddled with worthless text that totally made me lose interest in the book. If you are looking for a book to help you with web design this is not a book for you. It will help you conduct a project and how to manage a meeting...If you can decipher through the scatter brained thoughts.
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Creative Manager April 17 2012
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This book was a great resource in giving best practices of how to display complicated UX ideas and design. The cherry on top was that each design section also comes with suggestions on how to run a client through a meeting using the tools referenced.