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The essential interaction design guide, fully revised and updated for the mobile age

About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Fourth Edition is the latest update to the book that shaped and evolved the landscape of interaction design. This comprehensive guide takes the worldwide shift to smartphones and tablets into account. New information includes discussions on mobile apps, touch interfaces, screen size considerations, and more. The new full-color interior and unique layout better illustrate modern design concepts.

The interaction design profession is blooming with the success of design-intensive companies, priming customers to expect "design" as a critical ingredient of marketplace success. Consumers have little tolerance for websites, apps, and devices that don''t live up to their expectations, and the responding shift in business philosophy has become widespread. About Face is the book that brought interaction design out of the research labs and into the everyday lexicon, and the updated Fourth Edition continues to lead the way with ideas and methods relevant to today''s design practitioners and developers.

Updated information includes:

  • Contemporary interface, interaction, and product design methods
  • Design for mobile platforms and consumer electronics
  • State-of-the-art interface recommendations and up-to-date examples
  • Updated Goal-Directed Design methodology

Designers and developers looking to remain relevant through the current shift in consumer technology habits will find About Face to be a comprehensive, essential resource.

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MASTERING INTERACTION DESIGN FOR NEW DEVICES AND INTERFACES.

The first three editions of About Face shaped the evolution of interaction design, bringing it from development shops and research labs into the everyday language of product marketing, design and development. This fourth edition, the most significant revision yet, features a stunning new design and a full color interior. Addressing the many changes in the design landscape since its last publication, this new edition includes interaction methods and strategies for touchscreen phones and tablets, as well as updated chapters for the web and for desktop applications.

THIS NEW EDITION FEATURES

  • Updated interaction design principles, patterns, and practices
  • New content relevant to mobile platforms and differing screen sizes
  • Updated examples reflecting current state-of-the-art interfaces
  • The latest iteration of Cooper''s popular Goal-Directed Design methodology

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MASTERING INTERACTION DESIGN FOR NEW DEVICES AND INTERFACES.

The first three editions of About Face shaped the evolution of interaction design, bringing it from development shops and research labs into the everyday language of product marketing, design and development. This fourth edition, the most significant revision yet, features a stunning new design and a full color interior. Addressing the many changes in the design landscape since its last publication, this new edition includes interaction methods and strategies for touchscreen phones and tablets, as well as updated chapters for the web and for desktop applications.

THIS NEW EDITION FEATURES

  • Updated interaction design principles, patterns, and practices
  • New content relevant to mobile platforms and differing screen sizes
  • Updated examples reflecting current state-of-the-art interfaces
  • The latest iteration of Cooper''s popular Goal-Directed Design methodology

About the Author

ALAN COOPER is a founder of Cooper and a pioneer of modern computing. His groundbreaking work has influenced a generation of programmers, business people, and users.

ROBERT REIMANN was founding president of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). He is Principal Interaction Designer at PatientsLikeMe, and former Director of Design R&D at Cooper.

DAVID CRONIN is a Design Director at GE. He was also Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design, and a former Managing Director at Cooper.

CHRISTOPHER NOESSEL is Cooper''s first Design Fellow, and the co-author of Make It So. He teaches and speaks about design all over the world.

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Steffani A
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Great content, horrible binding - it''s falling apart.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2017
Great content for those who like process. Horrible binding. My return window has closed, but I am going to shake the tree on this one. Only a few months old, have only read about half of it and it''s literally falling apart. Shameful.
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Designer''s best friend
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2014
Want to know how to make great software products and systems? Buy this book, read it, and share with your team. There''s really nothing like it. This is the fourth version of a 1995 book by Alan Cooper that helped launch the interaction design discipline. Written... See more
Want to know how to make great software products and systems? Buy this book, read it, and share with your team. There''s really nothing like it.

This is the fourth version of a 1995 book by Alan Cooper that helped launch the interaction design discipline. Written for practitioners and cited by researchers, each edition of About Face has advanced the field. And this thoroughly updated edition will do the same.

Sure, you can read blogs on the web that have interesting tidbits to say about designing for social, the niceties of interactive data displays, or gesture design for mobile. And you can certainly buy books that offer design lessons and principles. But no other resource has tackled the subject at the methodical depth and breadth that Cooper''s team of writers do here.

The material is useful for newbie designers (worth the price just for the consistent and battle-tested vocabulary). What''s more, the book provides philosophies, methods, and resources that experienced design managers can use to build happy design teams that programmers and executives love to work with.

The writing is often playful, the design is elegant, and the ideas are incendiary. Enjoy!
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Please reprint!
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2014
I don''t want to ding this book on the content, the previous editions were great, but like another reviewer, the book literally cracked in half and pages started falling out the first time I (gently) opened it. Here is hoping that the publisher addresses the issue, or... See more
I don''t want to ding this book on the content, the previous editions were great, but like another reviewer, the book literally cracked in half and pages started falling out the first time I (gently) opened it. Here is hoping that the publisher addresses the issue, or perhaps this is part of a bad run -- but it is pretty amazing that Wiley let these out the door.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021
Book so far is so-so in content. So far not wildly impressed by the reading but... the reason for the 2 stars is in the middle of reading, I turned the page and the page fell out of the book. Not happy.
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Great Book so far
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
I am enjoying reading About Face, but I am still reading it sporadically.

I am no longer having issues with the Kindle version. I am reading on the Kindle app, and it''s working well.
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Great primer for UX professionals
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017
Great book for anyone interested in learning about product design/research. Touches upon the most important and fundamental topics in understanding users and designing products that are user-centered. I read this book quite often just to keep my basics strong.
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Pages are falling out!
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2015
I love the material in the book but the pages are falling out. I''m holding the book together with binder clips. I''ve only read up through chapter 4 and there are 21 chapters. They don''t make binder clips big enough! Am I going to need to glue it? 5/5 for... See more
I love the material in the book but the pages are falling out. I''m holding the book together with binder clips. I''ve only read up through chapter 4 and there are 21 chapters. They don''t make binder clips big enough! Am I going to need to glue it?

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It provides good frameworks for user engagements and understanding the strategic position ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
The book is informative for product and interaction design. It provides good frameworks for user engagements and understanding the strategic position of experience designers in the development process. It goes into great detail about the user mental models and how that... See more
The book is informative for product and interaction design. It provides good frameworks for user engagements and understanding the strategic position of experience designers in the development process. It goes into great detail about the user mental models and how that should inform the design of systems. Overall the content is spot on as a comprehensive look at the subject and is highly usable as a step by step guide for user engagement.
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sophie
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Great book, perfect intro to user experience design and research
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2020
Great book, I bought this for my masters in Human-Centered Interactive Technologies and it was really useful for some of the modules i did. The book is great value for money and the illustrations are useful, especially for a visual learner.
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Fantastic - a real eye opener to for any developer
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2016
Every developer should read "About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design". It is a real eye opener, with some very clever things one can apply to UI design, and it also highlights the common mistakes made. This edition also includes mobile device interfaces and...See more
Every developer should read "About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design". It is a real eye opener, with some very clever things one can apply to UI design, and it also highlights the common mistakes made. This edition also includes mobile device interfaces and web design too - which the previous editions didn''t have.
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Very helpful book for any web developer/designers as it breaks down a lot of termnologies and good practice with clear detail on how to go aboyt achieving the perfect website. Not great for beginners as some of the areas feel slightly rushed and Google will be your best...See more
Very helpful book for any web developer/designers as it breaks down a lot of termnologies and good practice with clear detail on how to go aboyt achieving the perfect website. Not great for beginners as some of the areas feel slightly rushed and Google will be your best friend.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2019
Bought this for my wife, first book came printed improperly, but the replacement I got is fine. It’s very modern and informative, covering a lot of things.
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very detailed - but mostly stuff that is obvious or already known to most developers and designers. offers little in the way of principles, or useful information for someone actually building UIs. for something this thick, I was expecting to get a good deal of stuff out of...See more
very detailed - but mostly stuff that is obvious or already known to most developers and designers. offers little in the way of principles, or useful information for someone actually building UIs. for something this thick, I was expecting to get a good deal of stuff out of it but I''ve honestly gotten more out of a couple of tweets.
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