In Just Enough Research, co-founder of Mule Design Erika Hall distills her experience into a brief cookbook of research methods. Learn how to. No. Foreword by Jeffrey Zeldman. Just Enough. REsEaRch. Erika Hall. Brief books for people who make websites. 9 aracer.mobi Author: Erika Hall. Language: English. Format: PDF was well written, finally just enough research but I didnt enjoy it as much as some of the others even.
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Erika Hall's book, “Just Enough Research” thoroughly demystifies research. It provides a practical, succinct guide on (1) what research can do. Summary of Just Enough Research by Erika Hall Erika Hall's AEA talk (and done in full princess garb!): aracer.mobi This Sydney UX Book Club - Summary-Just Enough Research by Erika aracer.mobi Just Enough Research [Erika Hall] on aracer.mobi *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Design research is a hard slog that takes years to learn and time away.
Research is always expensive and can be long drawn, this book gives nifty tips on how to go about getting enough information and research so that projects don't drag or stall.
It's a great handbook to have. Oct 28, Adam Amran rated it it was amazing. While it's written as a primer on research for designers and I already have some experience with it, it still gave me some new knowledge as well as ammunition for advocating for research. Very easy to read, concise book and I can only recommend to all designers out there. Nov 25, Rebecca Karasik rated it really liked it. This was my second time reading this book, as I had first read it a few years ago. But it's a great overview of user research.
It breaks down in easy to understand and usable terms what different types of user research are, how to set up a research study, and why research is important. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in conducting user research. Feb 17, Michael Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: Sketch of a review: Overall, better read colleague Mike Monteiro 's Design is a Job and even that with a pinch of salt. So, "just enough" means by and large ignoring quantitative methods the book spends a few dismissive Sketch of a review: So, "just enough" means by and large ignoring quantitative methods the book spends a few dismissive sentences to tell us what good is quantitative research, and a few ungainly pages on linking a verbal overview of quantitative research to a quote from the [Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin]'s excellent but grim We.
Even more disappointingly, "research" means largely intuition, introduced as a universal panaceum only to be diamissed by encouragements to cover "all" aspects. The systematic parts e. There is nothing on surveys; the author and this reader may not like them, but they cannot be merely wished away.
This book is also much shorter, so Underwhelming understanding of requirements, with little detail about non-functional requirements. Same for complex systems, workflows, the bread and butter of design beyond industrial design of individual objects. Feb 28, Jeff Van Campen rated it really liked it.
As with all of the A Book Apart books, this is intended to be a quick overview of a specific subject. Erika Hall has a tough job here. Design research is a huge topic.
This book does a fantastic job of covering different aspects of design research for someone who is new to the subject.
Some chapters, such as the one in organisational research, were genuinely useful to me. I took away a few great ideas that I'll be using in the future. And really what more can you ask for. Some chapters, however, As with all of the A Book Apart books, this is intended to be a quick overview of a specific subject. Some chapters, however, felt almost threadbare. The chapter on competitive research felt a bit like this.
One of my key complaints with some of the A Book Apart books is that they don't give enough pointers to additional resources.
Just Enough Research does a pretty good job of this. This may be done intentionally so as not to overwhelm the reader, but it always feels like a missed opportunity to me. There were a few times I could think of excellent online resources when one wasn't included affinity diagrams is one example. There were other times I would have genuinely appreciated a pointer. I've never done a brand audit.
The description of brand audits was enough to get me interested, but not enough to feel that I could do one based on what was covered in the book. I could always Google it, but it would have been reassuring to have one or two pointers to something that the author considered a solid resource. The book does a good job of trying to cover design research from both an agency and an in-house perspective. There were times, however, when the agency perspective seemed to be dominant.
The discussion of scope creep was one such instance. For in-house teams, especially agile teams, I would have expected very different advice. Instead of careful up front documentation, I would have expected advice to keep an eye out for it and to think critically about it.
All in all, though, this book is a superb overview of design research. I'd recommend it to anyone involved in design who knows they should be doing more research, but isn't sure where to start.
May 06, Graham Herrli rated it it was ok Shelves: I am not the target audience for this book. The book is aimed at people who aren't sure whether they should do user research.
Hall writes "You may have a vague idea that research is a good thing, but the benefits are fuzzy while the costs are all too clear. This book is for you" p. That would have been nice to know before downloading the book.
Usually A Book Apart publishes things aimed toward practicing designers. This book seems to be aimed more toward upper management. It may also be useful I am not the target audience for this book. It may also be useful to a novice. Nevertheless, the book is a reasonable overview of research. It gives some suggestions on how to introduce usability research into a hostile company culture.
It serves as a good primer of most major types of design research, including organizational research, contextual inquiry, competitive evaluation, usability testing, and split testing.
Hall advocates for blending qualitative and quantitative information to make decisions supported by both statistics and empathy. Here are a few ideas I found interesting: Then redesign to improve your software on each task, then rerun the test. Sep 28, Karen Mardahl rated it it was amazing.
Excellent for me as I head out to conduct my first-ever customer visit. I have other resources, but this book was suggested sort of last-minute by a UX friend and I went for it. This is the basics laid out in clear fashion so any panicked newbie can get a grip and be less nervous about the process. This is also not a read-once book. It is a put-it-on-the-reference-shelf book. It has the whole before, during, and after process for research.
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Sep 08, Arnold Saputra rated it it was amazing. Erica hall will gave you the honest statement what is UX research and how to do it fast,cheap and the right way. This book will guide you to understanding UX reseach without dictating the reader.
There's also lot of references to having deeper knowledge about UX research. This book are one of a kind. Oct 27, Jason added it. True to the A Book Apart formula - gives you just enough understanding of the underpinnings of design research. Gets your wheels spinning and enthusiasm cranked.
Can't wait to put what I've learned I to practice. Highly recommended. Aug 04, Gedi Siuskus added it Shelves: Jan 06, Diana Berlin rated it it was amazing. Jun 26, iniputi rated it really liked it. Light yet so concise. For me, reading this book felt like it should help you more on mindset. Rather than a step-by-step explanation of some research methods. If research is not already a part of your design process this book will convince you to change that.
Love Erika Hall's writing style. Interesting and quite advanced about why you should and how to do user research. Good starting point with lots of references to learn more about this topic. Oct 07, Amy rated it really liked it. It's detailed about the full process and the common methodologies used throughout the process of gathering user input for a project. It didn't have what I thought it would based on discussions with colleagues onboarding administration , but it has what one would expect it to have based on the title research techniques.
And frankly, "just enough research" is a TON of research. I cannot say I've ever done this amount of research for a project, and I'm not sure if that's a reflection of my work o It's detailed about the full process and the common methodologies used throughout the process of gathering user input for a project.
I cannot say I've ever done this amount of research for a project, and I'm not sure if that's a reflection of my work or a reflection of how intense the suggested process in this book is. Perhaps the next substantial project will attempt to utilize all the tools Hall recommends.
I have a feeling that onboarding my administrators to investing that many resources could result in an extensive chapter on said topic in a second edition of this book May 07, Oz rated it it was amazing Shelves: And done well, it will save you time and money by reducing unknowns and creating a solid foundation to build the right thing, in the most effective way.
Learn how to discover your competitive advantages, spot your own blind spots and biases, understand and harness your findings, and why you should never, ever hold a focus group. Learn the business and the craft of design and level up every project with just enough research. The relationship between design and research is one of the most misunderstood parts of product design.
Erika finally presents a guide to research, in the context of making great interfaces. Erika Hall has been working in web design and development since the late 20th century.
In , she co-founded Mule Design Studio where she directs the research, interaction design, and strategy practices. Erika speaks and writes frequently about cross-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of natural language in user interfaces. In her spare time, she battles empty corporate jargon at Unsuck It. She also co-hosts Running from the Law , a weekly podcast on business law and endurance fitness, and can probably outrun you.