Guide Turns User Experience Research into Practical Tool
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 January, 2010 – For software professionals who want to learn more about user experience research, Dorothy M. Danforth has produced a comprehensive, yet highly readable guide that relies on real-world examples from Fortune 500 companies to highlight key concepts and outline practical applications.
Published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, User Experience Research: Stories from the Field uses examples, anecdotes, resources, and practical templates from completed and on-going research efforts to provide an easy-to-understand overview of the field and its usefulness in software design.
“Professionals can read this on a plane or in a day or so and come away with not only a foundational understanding of the methods, but also ideas, tips and tricks to help them start using these techniques in their own organizations,” said Danforth.
The easy-to-read .PDF download provides a framework for using multiple types of insight-generating research that will reveal a more holistic and realistic view of how users will likely respond to a system. It includes an overview of the most common user experience research methods. Each overview is supplemented with context for when and how to use each method, and what insights that method might offer.
Software developers, graphic designers, information architects, product managers, and other information-technology professionals who produce, design, or develop software can purchase the guide from the IEEE Computer Society website, at http://www.computer.org/portal/web/store?product_id=RN0000006&category_id=ReadyNotes.
So far, the guide has garnered good reviews. One independent reviewer called the guide, "A very interesting read with well-presented positions." Another wrote that, "There's a lot of good content in there, and I really like that [it summarizes] each technique with strengths, weaknesses, and further references."
About Danforth Media
Danforth Media is a Philadelphia-based software design consultancy specializing in User Experience Design (UXD) for desktop, Web, mobile, and set top devices. Services include user-centered research and interface design. Dorothy M. Danforth, founder and principal for Danforth Media, has fourteen years' experience in software design and usability research for Fortune 500 and emerging technology companies. An experienced speaker and UX evangelist, Dorothy has spearheaded corporate usability processes and led numerous R&D efforts for venture funding. For more information, go to http://www.danforthmedia.com.
About the IEEE Computer Society
With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.