Announcement: Storytelling for User Experience Design

26 Mar 2008 - 11:22am
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whitneyq
2010

I have some news: Kevin Brooks and I have begun work on a new
Rosenfeld Media book, about Storytelling for User Experience Design.
Our experiences complement each other, but we're both passionate about
the power of storytelling to enhance all of our work as user
experience practitioners. We're also thrilled to be working in such
fine company at Rosenfeld Media.

Here's a few words from the announcement:

"We're all familiar with the power of storytelling—most UX people
already use stories to help communicate research and data, explain
design concepts, and persuade colleagues, often without realizing it.

So perhaps the time has come for a practical book that teaches UX
practitioners to use storytelling in a more active, explicit way. We
hope that Storytelling for User Experience Design will place
storytelling alongside other, more conventional research and design
methods. And we invite you to engage with the book from its inception
by sharing your questions, comments and ideas with Kevin and Whitney
and others interested in the topic."

You can read more on the book site and news feed:
http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/storytelling
http://feeds.rosenfeldmedia.com/storytellingbook

--
Whitney Quesenbery
www.wqusability.com

Storytelling for User Experience Design
www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/storytelling

Comments

26 Mar 2008 - 1:47pm
Food Moves, Inc.
2008

On Mar 26, 2008, at 9:22 AM, Whitney Quesenbery wrote:
> I have some news: Kevin Brooks and I have begun work on a new
> Rosenfeld Media book, about Storytelling for User Experience Design.
> Our experiences complement each other, but we're both passionate about
> the power of storytelling to enhance all of our work as user
> experience practitioners.

I'm not a User Experience person (I'm a web app developer) but
storytelling plays a big role in an emerging software development
methodology named "Behaviour-Driven Development". For example,
developing web apps using Ruby on Rails, we use a framework named
RSpec that programmatically transforms a plain-text story (written
using a specific template) into specifications and an automated test
suite. It's a big bold new direction in the Ruby on Rails community
and seems to have a lot of utility.

I'm curious if any Interaction Design people have been working with
developers using "Behaviour-Driven Development" techniques?

Here's more info about how stories are used in Behaviour-Driven
Development:
http://dannorth.net/whats-in-a-story

And RSpec:
http://rspec.info/

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