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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book; Misleading Title
Like many negative Amazon reviews, some detractors of this book seem to object to the fact that it is this book and not something else. In this case they may not be entirely unfair. If you are looking for advanced techniques in web design you won't find them in Garrett's book. If, however, you are looking for a good framework for thinking about design strategy--for your...
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Gunnar Swanson

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2.0 out of 5 stars nice starter for newbie but not much depth...
First off, the author is reportedly disdainful of "design education" (ie, scholarly programs that foster legitimate inquiry and exploration of critical issues in user experience) so it's no surprise that this book, mildly sufficient for beginners puzzled as to how to even start a web project, lacks the necessary conceptual foundations of design thinking for...
Published on March 26 2003 by Uday N. Gajendar


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Web development professionals, Nov. 1 2002
This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
This book is a step-by-step guide on how to plan and create a Web site from strategy, to scope, to architecture, to wireframes, to visual design. It is the most straightforward book on what steps need to be taken during the requirements and design stages (and who needs to do them) to ensure that the site meets business objectives and user needs.
Garrett hits it right on the nose in this book when he says, "Creating the user experience is really little more than a very large collection of very small problems to be solved." By showing the steps in detail, and how they work together, Garrett shows how easy it is to address these small problems while keeping the bigger picture in mind. This book is truly a standard-setting piece of work that only takes a day to read and will change the way you think about Web development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource, Nov. 12 2002
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Geoffrey H. Hiller (Portland, Oregon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
This book is relevant to the designer/ developer and producer of many types of websites: educational, corporate and even ones of a more experimental nature.
After having read Alan Cooper, Louis Rosenfeld and Steve Krug I wasn't sure I'd learn anything new about information design/ architecture from this book. I was wrong. It's clear that Garrett knows his subject inside out but just as important is the way that the book is structured. It's a pleasure to read.
Another thing I appreciated was that his voice didn't get in the way of the information presented. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone invloved in creating a user experience, Oct. 31 2002
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Peter Emmett (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
This is simply the best book I have read so far about creating a great user experience. It written so that everyone can read it and understand what is being said. Even your manager can handle this book :-)
The simple yet effective and in depth solutions offered in this book will substantially help improve any and every web site being built or that is already out there.
My only suggestion is that Jesse's or another web site should evolve to supplement this with more practical examples for different situations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter for novice, April 29 2003
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This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
Not to diminish the value of this great book, but, it is very basic. Establishes a good basic overall process to efficiently manage user interface development. Takes you through step by step. Essential to have this approach before looking at other aspects in more depth. Not technical, so you don't need to be a developer to understand concepts. Good value and a quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, Dec 3 2002
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Gerard L. Torenvliet (Ottawa, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Garret's book is an exceptionally clear and concise outline of the structure of a website or application, with clear hooks onto which a development workflow can map. This book is simple enough for an introductory course, or to give to a colleague, but rich enough to re-orient a seasoned designed. A very useful contribution to our field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, Nov. 4 2002
This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
I saw Jesse James Garrett speak in Portland and had been waiting for his book ever since. It belongs on the shelf next to Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think". It is very well written, clear and concise and worth every penny. If you want to understand the basics of user centered design this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously concise, readable, and useful., Nov. 15 2002
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This is one of those books that tells you, within reading the first ten pages, that you've got a classic on your hands. Straight-forward, accessible, and clear: Jesse James Garrett writes about the subject of user experience like he preaches.
Absolutely worth every penny and a spot on your bookcase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you have limited budget, skip it., Jan. 6 2003
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Jisoo Kim "jiskim2" (san francisco, ca United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
Ok, tons of books on user experience, UI desing, IA, etc....
So if you have limited budget, then I suggest trying out some
other books.
It has some interesting and useful stuff.
Book is tries to be "theoretical", but it doesn't quite work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Elementary elements, Dec 28 2002
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This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
This book might be good for a beginner, but for anyone who does web design professionally, this book is much too basic. It's also extremely thin...not much text on the pages, and has been laid out in a way to make the page count much higher than it should be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial babble, Aug. 18 2003
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Pat Velderman (Westfield, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web (Paperback)
Not worth the paper it is printed on. A superficial treatment of analysis, design and implementation of web sites. After reading 73 pages of content-free material I finally gave up trying to find anything amid the fluff and chucked this one in the trash.
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