Designing great user experiences for Products: References, resources, books, discussion threads, websites etc

3 Jan 2008 - 7:58am
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timyeo
2007

Hi all.

I've spent the last 4 years working in the user experience field for
websites and mobile phone interfaces. Now, I'm embarking onto a new
medium for me: consumer products.

I'm looking for references, resources, books, discussion threads,
websites etc that talk about usability testing, design guidelines and
general advice for designing great user experiences for consumer
products such as TVs, kitchen appliances, digital video recorders,
household appliances etc.

I believe the principles of designing great user experiences are by
and large the same, but I'd like to learn more about how it, and
perhaps some of you are already working with this medium and have some
advice to offer.

Please feel free to send me the references directly or through the list.

Thanks.

Tim..

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3 Jan 2008 - 7:16pm
Rob Tannen
2006

Tim -

Congratulations on making the switch ;) You're right that the
principles and processes are largely the same - the differences are
more about the cost and flexibility of materials compared to pixels.
A good reference is the Industrial Designer Society of America (IDSA)
human factors site - it has information on techniques and tools as
well as recommended reading. In full disclosure I run the site, but
other people tell me it's useful -

www.designingforhumans.com

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4 Jan 2008 - 9:13am
Mark Schraad
2006

Pick up a copy of "why we buy" by Paco Underhill. It is a bit dated
and focused on the retail experience, but full of great stuff that
can be applied.

Mark

On Jan 3, 2008, at 7:58 AM, Timothy Yeo wrote:

> Hi all.
>
> I've spent the last 4 years working in the user experience field for
> websites and mobile phone interfaces. Now, I'm embarking onto a new
> medium for me: consumer products.
>
> I'm looking for references, resources, books, discussion threads,
> websites etc that talk about usability testing, design guidelines and
> general advice for designing great user experiences for consumer
> products such as TVs, kitchen appliances, digital video recorders,
> household appliances etc.
>
> I believe the principles of designing great user experiences are by
> and large the same, but I'd like to learn more about how it, and
> perhaps some of you are already working with this medium and have some
> advice to offer.
>
> Please feel free to send me the references directly or through the
> list.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Tim..
>
>
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4 Jan 2008 - 12:36pm
Gloria Petron
2007

*Don't Make Me Think* by Steve Krug is another good one (I have it sitting
next to *Why We Buy* on my bookshelf at all times.)

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