Rethinking UX

Mielke, Cosima, ed. (2013) Rethinking UX. Smashing Magazine, Freiburg, Germany. ISBN 978-3-94454048-1

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The challenges of UX are constantly changing. Who would have thought that we would embrace not only multi-screen but also multi-device user experience so early in the 21st century? It is for this reason that it is now even more important to rethink and enhance our current habits, as well as prepare ourselves as much as we can for the future of UX.

In “Rethinking UX”, various UX professionals share their lessons learned and provide practical advice from their very own personal experience. The eBook is packed with interesting thoughts and concepts that let us reflect on our own practices. Every designer has their own user research techniques and strategies, but leaving the office and talking to people on the streets can foster innovation even more as any thought-out strategy ever could.

Is empathy possibly the best guarantor for great UX? In this eBook, one of the authors shares a story about a research participant, an old lady, who kept pointing the mouse at her screen, speaking words of encouragement to it. It will make you chuckle as you read this particular chapter, but it also illustrates the importance of a well-planned research process. Overcoming traditional patterns and designing with a new type of user in mind is among the many topics of this eBook.

Of course, you can also get your hands on some future scenarios. The Smashing authors dare to sneak a peak at some new challenges that we could face with the rise of innovative technologies such as Google Glass and Leap Motion, and explore how we can embrace entirely gesture-driven interfaces today. This eBook is a springboard for developing a new perspective and for creating future-proof user experiences. So are you ready to prepare yourself for the future of UX?

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