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Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Us...
by Steve Krug

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

December 23, 2013

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Since<i> Don’t Make Me Think </i>was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.<br /> <br />Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made<i> Don’t Make Me Think</i> a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read.<br /> <br />If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made <i>Don’t Make Me Think</i> so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites.<br /> <br /> <br />“After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.”<br />–Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards <p> </p>
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Donald A. Norman

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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Customer Reviews
<b>The ultimate guide to human-centered design </b><br />Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. <br />The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.<i><br /></i><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.<br /><br /><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.<br />
Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript,...
by Jennifer Robbins

Language

English

Pages

810

Publication Date

May 11, 2018

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Customer Reviews
<p>Do you want to build web pages but have no prior experience? This friendly guide is the perfect place to start. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multicolumn pages that adapt for mobile devices.</p><p>Each chapter provides exercises to help you learn various techniques and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts.</p><p>This thoroughly revised edition is ideal for students and professionals of all backgrounds and skill levels. It is simple and clear enough for beginners, yet thorough enough to be a useful reference for experienced developers keeping their skills up to date.</p><ul><li>Build HTML pages with text, links, images, tables, and forms</li><li>Use style sheets (CSS) for colors, backgrounds, formatting text, page layout, and even simple animation effects</li><li>Learn how JavaScript works and why the language is so important in web design</li><li>Create and optimize web images so they’ll download as quickly as possible</li><li><b>NEW!</b> Use CSS Flexbox and Grid for sophisticated and flexible page layout</li><li><b>NEW!</b> Learn the ins and outs of Responsive Web Design to make web pages look great on all devices</li><li><b>NEW!</b> Become familiar with the command line, Git, and other tools in the modern web developer’s toolkit</li><li><b>NEW!</b> Get to know the super-powers of SVG graphics</li></ul>
Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates...
by Melissa Perri

Language

English

Pages

200

Publication Date

November 01, 2018

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>To stay competitive in today’s market, organizations need to adopt a culture of customer-centric practices that focus on outcomes rather than outputs. Companies that live and die by outputs often fall into the "build trap," cranking out features to meet their schedule rather than the customer’s needs.</p><p>In this book, Melissa Perri explains how laying the foundation for great product management can help companies solve real customer problems while achieving business goals. By understanding how to communicate and collaborate within a company structure, you can create a product culture that benefits both the business and the customer. You’ll learn product management principles that can be applied to any organization, big or small.</p><p>In five parts, this book explores:</p><ul><li>Why organizations ship features rather than cultivate the value those features represent</li><li>How to set up a product organization that scales</li><li>How product strategy connects a company’s vision and economic outcomes back to the product activities</li><li>How to identify and pursue the right opportunities for producing value through an iterative product framework</li><li>How to build a culture focused on successful outcomes over outputs</li></ul>
Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide
by , Kathy Sierra

Language

English

Pages

694

Publication Date

October 25, 2004

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p><b>What’s so special about design patterns?</b></p><p>At any given moment, someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. And, chances are, someone else has already solved your problem. This edition of Head First Design Patterns—now updated for Java 8—shows you the tried-and-true, road-tested patterns used by developers to create functional, elegant, reusable, and flexible software. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best design practices and experiences of those who have fought the beast of software design and triumphed.</p><p><b>What’s so special about this book?</b></p><p>We think your time is too valuable to spend struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Design Patterns uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.</p>
Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing...
by , Michael Connors

Language

English

Pages

267

Publication Date

October 25, 2017

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish, and continuously update. In fact, this one document can steer an entire organization when it comes to delivering on company strategy.</p><p>This practical guide teaches you how to create an effective product roadmap, and demonstrates how to use the roadmap to align stakeholders and prioritize ideas and requests. With it, you’ll learn to communicate how your products will make your customers and organization successful.</p><p>Whether you're a product manager, product owner, business analyst, program manager, project manager, scrum master, lead developer, designer, development manager, entrepreneur, or business owner, this book will show you how to:</p><ul><li>Articulate an inspiring vision and goals for your product</li><li>Prioritize ruthlessly and scientifically</li><li>Protect against pursuing seemingly good ideas without evaluation and prioritization</li><li>Ensure alignment with stakeholders</li><li>Inspire loyalty and over­-delivery from your team</li><li>Get your sales team working <i>with</i> you instead of against you</li><li>Bring a user­ and buyer-­centric approach to planning and decision-making</li><li>Anticipate opportunities and stay ahead of the game</li><li>Publish a comprehensive roadmap without over­committing</li></ul>
WordPress for Beginners 2020: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mast...
by Dr. Andy Williams

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

December 15, 2019

Product Description
Customer Reviews
Master WordPress using our proven step-by-step visual approach (<b>over 340 screenshots</b>). This book is a major new release for 2020, covering the latest version of WordPress. If major changes do occur to WordPress during 2020, you can visit our updates web page for details, so your copy of the book is always up to date.<br /><br />Building a beautiful, professional looking WordPress website (or a blog), is no longer the domain of computer geeks. WordPress makes it possible for anyone to create and run a website that looks great on any device - PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Whether you want to build a business site, an affiliate site, a hobby site or a blog, WordPress is a great choice, and this book shows you how.<br /><br />The primary goal of this book is to take anyone, <b>even an absolute beginner</b>, from zero to WordPress "guru" in a few short hours. <br /><br />Inside this book, veteran WordPress expert Andy Williams will start at the very beginning. You'll learn important topics like:<br /><br /> • The two different versions of WordPress. <br /> • How to set up web hosting and domain registrar the correct way.<br /> • Installing WordPress.<br /> • A Dashboard overview.<br /> • Cleaning out the stuff that is installed by default.<br /> • Finding and installing WordPress themes to instantly change the look and feel of your website.<br /> • Plugins. What they are and how they can add fabulous features to your site.<br /> • How to update WordPress, themes and plugins.<br /> • Understand every single setting. You can use our suggested defaults.<br /> • How to find and use the RSS feeds to help search engines find your content.<br /> • Importance of user profiles, and assigning an image (Gravatar) to your email address.<br /> • Creating great navigation systems on your site, with custom menus, internal linking and related posts.<br /> • Enabling and dealing with visitor comments.<br /> • Using the media library for images, video and more.<br /> • The difference between pages and posts, and when to use each one.<br /> • Effective use of categories and tags. Using these incorrectly can get your site penalised or even banned from search engines.<br /> • How to create content using both the Classic editor and the new Gutenberg editor.<br /> • Publish or schedule posts for a future date.<br /> • Post revisions.<br /> • Two different types of homepage. A blog style page v a more traditional "static" homepage. <br /> • Using widgets on your site to add neat features.<br /> • Types of sites you can build with WordPress (blog, business, typical site), with videos on setting these up.<br /><br />We'll also cover a few vital plugins to:<br /><br /> • Automatically take backups and get them sent to the cloud.<br /> • Automatically create important legal pages on your site, like terms and privacy policy.<br /> • Creating a contact page so visitors can contact you.<br /> • Add a related posts section to the end of every post to keep visitors on site longer.<br /> • Setup good SEO practices.<br /> • Setup social sharing buttons on your site, so visitors can easily share your pages with friends. <br /><br />Most people learn better when they can actually see what they are reading about, so one thing this book isn't, is shy with screenshots. There are over 340 of them, showing you exactly what you will see on your screen, and prompting you to take specific actions as you learn and master WordPress. You may have heard that WordPress has a steep learning curve. With this book, you won't even notice it. Each chapter ends with a "Tasks to Complete" section. By completing these tasks, you'll not only become proficient with WordPress, you'll become confident at using WordPress. By the end of the book, you'll be building great looking, professional WordPress websites that look fantastic on any device... And you'll enjoy doing it!<br /><br />Note: This book covers the self-hosted .org version of WordPress but contains a hack for the .com users to switch their dashboard so they can follow along.<br />
Mapping Experiences: A Complete Guide to Creating Value through J...
by Jim Kalbach

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 25, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>Customers who have inconsistent, broken experiences with products and services are understandably frustrated. But it’s worse when people inside these companies can’t pinpoint the problem because they’re too focused on business processes. This practical book shows your company how to use alignment diagrams to turn valuable customer observations into actionable insight. With this unique tool, you can visually map your existing customer experience and envision future solutions.</p><p>Product and brand managers, marketing specialists, and business owners will learn how experience diagramming can help determine where business goals and customer perspectives intersect. Once you’re armed with this data, you can provide users with real value.</p><p><i>Mapping Experiences</i> is divided into three parts:</p><ul><li>Understand the underlying principles of diagramming, and discover how these diagrams can inform strategy</li><li>Learn how to create diagrams with the four iterative modes in the mapping process: setting up a mapping initiative, investigating the evidence, visualizing the process, and using diagrams in workshops and experiments</li><li>See key diagrams in action, including service blueprints, customer journey maps, experience maps, mental models, and spatial maps and ecosystem models</li></ul>
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That...
by Susan Weinschenk

Language

English

Pages

255

Publication Date

April 14, 2011

Product Description
Customer Reviews
We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.<br /> <br />Learn to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:<br /> <ul> <li>What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen? </li> </ul> <ul> <li>What makes memories stick? </li> </ul> <ul> <li>What is more important, peripheral or central vision? </li> </ul> <ul> <li>How can you predict the types of errors that people will make?</li> </ul> <ul> <li>What is the limit to someone’s social circle?</li> </ul> <ul> <li>How do you motivate people to continue on to (the next step? </li> </ul> <ul> <li>What line length for text is best?</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Are some fonts better than others? </li> </ul>These are just a few of the questions that the book answers in its deep-dive exploration of what makes people tick.<br /> <br />
The Golden Toilet: Stop Flushing Your Marketing Budget into Your ...
by Steve Brown

Language

English

Pages

232

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<i>The last thing you need to invest in is yet another website rebuild. In fact, that fancy website of yours is nothing more than a beautiful, brand new, solid-gold toilet. </i><BR><BR>If you’re not convinced, at least be honest: how much have you spent on your website, thinking that this time you’ll get the right design that will send the value of your business skyrocketing? It didn’t move the needle, did it? That’s because your website is <i>The Golden Toilet</i>, and you’ve flushed far too much money into it without a clear plan for growth. <BR><BR>Let’s get real: in the same way that every house needs a toilet, we only need a website so that we have a place to do our business. But a website alone isn't enough. It takes other complementary systems to create the holistic experience that customers expect (and reward). <BR><BR>In this no-nonsense growth primer, <B>Steve Brown</B> delivers the inspiration and clarity you need to build the proper pipelines that will actually grow your business while your competitors continue to gild and rebuild their most utilitarian asset. <br />

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