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Whether you’re new to the User Experience field or just want to refresh your UX knowledge, The UX Design Field Book is your go-to quick reference guide for everything about User Experience Design. This essential guide provides fast-access, high-level overviews of the core knowledge of UX Design, including:
- The UX Design Process
- Usability Research
- Visual Design
- Interaction Design
- Information Architecture
- Usability Testing
- UX Writing
- Ethical Design Principles
- UX and Design Glossary
- Additional Reading Lists
No matter your experience level, The UX Design Field Book is book is a must-have for anyone interested in User Experience. It’s the perfect book to keep close-at-hand when you need fast information, quick guidance, or a crash course in any of the core elements of UX Design.
Doug Collins, author of The UX Design Field Book, is an internationally recognized UX Design expert. He’s lead User Experience practices at E*TRADE, Western Union, and CACI. He currently serves as the Director of UX/UI for ALC Schools. His work has been publisehd on Adobe.com, UX Booth, UXMastery, UXNewsMag, UXMas, and the Ecomm Manager.
Introduction Sneak Peek: What is the UX Design Field Book?
I started working in User Experience (UX) Design about 12 years ago.
Over those 12 years, I’ve had the great fortune to work with some amazing professionals doing great work.
I’ve helped set up design practices for world-class companies including Nordstrom, Western Union, E*TRADE, and CACI. I’ve worked on projects for the United Nations, the Prime Minister of Dubai, Vail Ski Resorts, the New Orleans Saints, and many more.
I’ve worked for various companies as a UX Engineer, UX/UI Designer, UX Researcher, Senior UX Researcher, UX/UI Manager, and now as UX/UI Director.
I’m lucky to have a largeish Twitter following (about 34,000 as of this writing) that’s allowed me to interact with those in every stage of their UX design careers.
With all the knowledge I’ve gained from my experience and interactions, the biggest secret about the UX world I have to share is this:
Everyone in UX – from the merely curious to the most experienced UX professionals – are constantly looking up even the most basic information on a daily basis.
New UX professionals want a basic overview of the UX world. The process, the lingo, the different facets of the practice, and a general idea of how to put it all together.
Tech professionals not working in UX may be simply curious. They may be working with a UX Design team for the first time. They may be simply curious why it takes a UX designer two weeks to create a set of icons.
Mid and Senior UX professionals may simply need to look up the name of a design principle, refresh their memory about some of the rules of UX writing, or get some guidance on whether a design is ethical at its core.
Whatever your use case, I’m here to help. Just like any good field book, The UX Design Field Book gives you the vital information you need to understand the basics about UX design – and to recall them quickly when it matters.
I’ve included the most important knowledge I’ve gained and lessons I’ve learned over my UX career. It holds the information I would have wanted to know when I started. It gathers together the pieces I still look up today. And it answers questions that I get from my professional interactions with other designers on a daily basis.
I’m proud of the result – the book I would have wanted by my side every day over the past 12 years.
The UX Design Field Book can save you when you’re drowning in the sea of uncertainty new projects bring. It can guide you when you’re unsure what path to take. It may light the path of the UX Design process for you when all feels dark.
I hope you’ll find this book useful, and that it’ll make your journey into and through User Experience Design easier.
– Doug Collins, January 2022