Penelope Rance

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Book Review - A Project Guide to UX Design

I received this book for my birthday last year and had been looking forward to reading it. It starts with a comment from Jared Spool stating that it covers everything UX, so I thought this would be a good book to read.

But while I would agree that it does cover everything UX, it feels a little unsure of who its audience is.

Book cover.
A Project Guide to UX Design by Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler

Some parts felt aimed very much at freelancers, other parts felt very basic, while still other parts covered the sort of thing I would not expect someone just starting out to do!

I assume it is aimed at those UX design teams of one, where you do have to do everything and might be new to some parts of the process.

And by making no assumptions about their audience they have covered the full UX process so you can pick and choose depending on what you are working on and with who, be it an in house design team or as a freelancer.

They also point to other resources throughout the book to help you if you want or need to learn more about a topic, however the signposting for these things seemed to decrease as you work through the book - they start with nice colour blocks with a symbol to show this is an extra resource but by the end of the book they seem to just be mentioned within the text making them much harder to find later.

I would say this is a great book to read if you are just starting out in UX, or if you are the project manager and want to know more about what UX does, but if you have been doing this for a while I am not sure it has much more to give.

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