Contextual Design: Design for Life, Second Edition, describes the core techniques needed to deliberately produce a compelling user experience. Contextual design was first invented in 1988 to drive a deep understanding of the user into the design process. It has been used in a wide variety of industries and taught in universities all over the world. Until now, the basic CD approach has needed little revision, but with the wide adoption of handheld devices, especially smartphones, the way technology is integrated into people's lives has fundamentally changed. Contextual Design V2.0 introduces both the classic CD techniques and the new techniques needed to "design for life", fulfilling core human motives while supporting activities.
This completely updated and revised edition is written in a clear, informal style without excessive jargon, and is the must-have book for any UX Design library. Users will find coverage of mobile devices and consumer and business products, all illustrated with new examples, case studies, and discussions on how to use CD with the agile development and other project requirements methods.
- Provides tactics on how to gather detailed data on how people live, work, and use products
- Helps develop a coherent picture of a whole user population
- Presents tactics on how to use the seven "Cool Concepts" to support core human motives and generate new product concepts guided by user data, ideation techniques, and principles key to producing a compelling user experience
- Explains how to structure the system and user interface to best support the user across place, time, and platform
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Part 1. Gathering User Data 1. Introduction 2. User Data Drives Design 3. Principles of Contextual Inquiry 4. The Interpretation Session
Part 2. Revealing the World 5. From Data to Insight: Contextual Design Models 6. The Affinity Diagram 7. Building Experience Models 8. Traditional Contextual Design Models
Part 3. Reinventing Life: Ideation with User Data 9. Inventing the Next Product Concept 10. The Bridge From Data to Design: The Wall Walk 11. Ideation: Visioning and the Cool Drilldown
Part 4. Defining the Product 12. The Challenge of Product Design 13. Storyboards 14. The User Environment Design 15. Interaction Patterns
Part 5. Making It Real 16. Making It Real 17. Validating the Design 18. Prioritization and Rollout 19. Project Planning and Execution 20. Conclusion
Karen Holtzblatt is a co-founder of InContext Enterprises, Inc., a firm that works with companies, coaching teams to design products, product strategies, and information systems from customer data. Karen Holtzblatt developed the Contextual Inquiry field data gathering technique that forms the core of Contextual Design and is now taught and used world-wide.
Hugh Beyer is a co-founder of InContext Enterprises, Inc., a firm that works with companies, coaching teams to design products, product strategies, and information systems from customer data. Hugh Beyer has pioneered the link between the customer-centered front end and object-oriented design.