Claire submitted a guest blog post previously, providing an insight into her book “Designing Connected Products: UX for the Consumer Internet of Things”. We’re happy to hear it has now launched with great success.
“This is more than a UX book; it covers all of the critical design and technology issues around making great connected products.”
David Rose - Entrepreneur, MIT Media Lab Researcher, and author of Enchanted Objects
“Usability is THE challenge for the Internet of Things. This book is full of excellent guidance on how to achieve that most elusive, but essential, quality of an IoT product: simplicity. This book shows you how to delight your connected product customers by treating their attention as the precious and finite resource that it is.”
Pilgrim Beart, Founder, AlertMe
“The authors do a fantastic job of not only exposing the complexities of a future pervaded by connected things, but suggesting exactly how we can consciously go about preventing that complexity from overwhelming us. This book will be an essential reference for designers as they come to grips with creating these new type of things that will live throughout our lives.”
Ben Fullerton - Design Director, Nike+
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Since becoming a freelance Motion Graphic Designer a few years ago, my work has been made a lot easier with the help of March Mutual. Having an accountant has given me the time to focus on my creative work and really deliver projects that I am proud of. This year has been really positive and I have been really lucky to work with some great clients.
A highlight was working for Virgin on their Future of Travel project. Research conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Virgin gave me interesting results to be able to tell a story in an animated visual way outlining the statistics and the key facts on the future of transportation.
The client was a pleasure to work with and we really bounced ideas back and forth. Animating the video was really fun, I used a mixture of 2d and 3d animation software.
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Claire Rowland has a book coming out for US publisher O'Reilly, called ‘Designing Connected Products - UX design for the consumer internet of things’.
Here’s the description from the publisher:
“The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a wealth of new possibilities for interacting with the world around us. But it is still an immature and technology-driven field, and there are many barriers to creating compelling consumer products. This book explains in simple terms what the challenges are and explores practical solutions for solving them.
Drawing on the best of current design practice and academic research, Designing Connected Products provides an introduction to the technology of IoT and practical guidance on designing for diverse devices, cross-device interactions, and complex ecosystems.
UX for connected devices is about much more than UI and interaction design. It requires you to think about interusability, industrial design, conceptual models, productization, and platform design. This book provides a clear and practical roadmap for approaching product strategy and design in this novel market, suitable for both UX design and technology experts.”
The official publication date is March 2015 but it’s available on Amazon for pre-order now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Designing-Connected-Products-Consumer-Internet/dp/1449372562.
For anyone who’s interested in starting to read it sooner, there are a bunch of chapters already available to buy as an early release ebook from the publisher’s site here:
https://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920031109.do.The early release price includes all subsequent updates and new chapters and the final ebook on publication.
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