Smart Things by Mike Kuniavsky
March 1, 2010
|Morgan Kaufmann is excited to announce the forthcoming publication of Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design by Mike Kuniavsky, due out in September2010.
About the Book
The world of smart shoes, appliances, and phones is already here, but the practice of user experience (UX) design for ubiquitous computing is still relatively new. Design companies like IDEO and frog design are regularly asked to design products that unify software interaction, device design and service design – which are all the key components of ubiquitous computing UX – and practicing designers need a way to tackle practical challenges of design. Theory is not enough for them – luckily the industry is now mature enough to have tried and tested best practices and case studies from the field.
Smart Things presents a problem-solving approach to addressing designers’ needs and concentrates on process, rather than technological detail, to keep from being quickly outdated. It pays close attention to the capabilities and limitations of the medium in question and discusses the tradeoffs and challenges of design in a commercial environment. Divided into two sections, frameworks and techniques, this book discusses broad design methods and case studies that reflect key aspects of these approaches. The book then presents a set of techniques highly valuable to a praticing designer. It is intentionally not a comprehensive tutorial of user-centered design – as that is covered by other books – but it is a handful of techniques useful when designing ubiquitous computing user experiences.
In short, Smart Things gives users both the why of this kind of design and the how, in well-defined chunks.
Who should read this book?
Industrial designers, Software or Web Interaction/Interface designers, Ubiquitous Computing designers, Mobile application designers.
About the Author
Mike Kuniavsky, author of Observing the User Experience, is also the founder of ThingM, a ubiquitous computing design and development company. He cofounded Adaptive Path, a leading Internet consultancy, and also cofounded Wired Digital UX for Wired Magazine’s online division, where he served as the interaction designer of the award-winning search engine, HotBot.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Hidden Middle of Moore’s Law