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Contextual Design, 2nd Edition by Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt

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Introduction

Abstract

User-centered design is a tried and true approach to product design. Start with an understanding of the user gathered via rich field interviews and build that understanding into your new product—then test and iterate the result with the user again. The first edition of this book introduced Contextual Design, a complete method to do just that. But over the last 10 years, there's been a revolution in technology with smartphones and tablets providing constant, continuous connection with people, information sources, media, and the support structures of our lives wherever we happen to be. Our inquiry into the impact of these devices led to the development of the Cool Concepts, an articulation of what makes these devices loved. ...

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