UX Design Bundle (12 eBooks)

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UX Design Bundle (12 eBooks)

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This eBook collection will guide you into the Usability for Web Design field and will show you how to use design elements for each purpose. The various possibilities for developing websites foster not only designer’s creativity, but also the necessity of applying techniques that enhance the User Experience (UX) and website’s usability. Now you can get all UX Design related Smashing eBooks in one swoop and benefit from 20% discount!

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This Smashing eBooks Bundle contains the following 12 eBooks:

Rethinking UX

In “Rethinking UX”, various UX professionals share their lessons learned and provide practical advice from their very own personal experience. The eBook is packed with interesting thoughts and concepts that let us reflect on our own practices. Every designer has their own user research techniques and strategies, but leaving the office and talking to people on the streets can foster innovation even more as any thought-out strategy ever could.

Is empathy possibly the best guarantor for great UX? Overcoming traditional patterns and designing with a new type of user in mind is among the many topics of this eBook.

Of course, you can also get your hands on some future scenarios. The Smashing authors dare to sneak a peak at some new challenges that we could face with the rise of innovative technologies such as Google Glass and Leap Motion, and explore how we can embrace entirely gesture-driven interfaces today. This eBook is a springboard for developing a new perspective and for creating future-proof user experiences.


- Thirteen Tenets Of User Experience Design
by Robert Hoekman Jr

- Improving Your Website Usability Test
by Damian Rees

- Designing For The Multifaceted User
by Stephanie Troeth

- 50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation
by Pete Smart

- Beyond The Button: Embracing The Gesture-Driven Interface
by Thomas Joos

- What Leap Motion And Google Glass Mean For Future User Experience
by Tommy Walker

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 62
Language: English
Released: August 2013
Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454048-1
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454049-8
ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454050-4

Designing Better UX

Even the most thought-out and best-planned user experience can get lost when attention to certain details falls short. To raise awareness for those little things that add up to an ideal user experience, we have put together “Designing Better UX”.

The practical approaches for designing better UX cover mobile apps, adaptive systems, and multi-screen experiences. The eBook is packed with in-depth tips and tricks shared by experts from the industry. They consider the importance of straightforward yet personal microcopy, explore the strengths and weaknesses of infinite scrolling, and take a look at how well-crafted feedback loops can influence a user's behavior.

Once we decide to create a well-balanced experience, all of the covered aspects in this eBook have to be thoroughly considered, i.e. when is the user experience fostered and when is it curbed? If you've been looking for a valuable resource for your daily UX routine, you can now stop searching.


- When You Shouldn't Use Fitt's Law To Measure User Experience
Anastasios Karafillis

- Five Ways To Prevent Bad Microcopy
Bill Beard

- Infinite Scrolling: Let's Get To The Bottom Of This
Yogev Ahuvia

- Designing Great Feedback Loops
Loren Baxter

- Sketching For Better Mobile Experiences
Lennart Hennigs

- Converting Our Stories Into Multi-Screen Experiences
Senongo Akpem

- Creating An Adaptive System To Enhance UX
Avi Itzkovitch

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 94
Language: English
Released: August 2013
Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454051-1
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454052-8
ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454053-5

Navigation & Interaction

The foundations of good UX design lie in transparent navigation and interaction patterns and systems. A solid understanding of the rules is as important as knowing when to break them. How should you set up menus for optimal usability? Does mobile UX design follow different rules? How can you use sound to make your website not just more appealing but also easier to navigate? These and other questions should be factored into any decisions about modern website design, because they will influence the amount and quality of repeat traffic.

Table of Contents

- The Elements Of Navigation
- Sticky Menus Are Quicker To Navigate
- Design Patterns: When Breaking The Rules Is OK
- Exploration Of Single-Page Websites
- You Already Know How To Use It
- Redefining Hick’s Law
- What Web Designers Can Learn From Video Games
- A New Mobile UX Design Material
- Mission Transition
- Designing With Audio: What Is Sound Good For?

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 131
Language: English
Released: January 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-56-4

Emotional Design Elements

Whether you're creating a game or a website, a lasting bond with users is more often than not the result of emotional attachment. Knowing the ins and outs of emotional design will enable you to imbue your creation with personality and to shape the user's perception. Find out how to integrate emotional appeal into your website, and how to turn your game into more than a cold, flawless, technical challenge. A personal touch can make all the difference, if you know how to design it.

Table of Contents

- Inclusive Design
- The Personality Layer
- Give Your Website Soul With Emotionally Intelligent Interactions
- Not Just Pretty: Building Emotion Into Your Websites
- Playful UX Design: Building A Better Game
- Gamification And UX: Where Users Win Or Lose
- Adding A Personal Touch To Your Web Design

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 122
Language: English
Released: January 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-57-1

UX Design Process

User Experience (UX) design isn't a new field. But sometimes new approaches lead to new perspectives. In this book, you'll learn how lean UX has made the whole discipline more approachable and attractive to startups, and you'll see that UX issues aren't just a quick fix, but should also address big-picture issues. Sometimes, the solution to a problem is to fix a broken UX; other times, you will need to constantly fine-tune in order to keep up with changing demands. You'll also look at wireframing alternatives, research planning and design bias.

Table of Contents

- Interaction Design In The Cloud
- Lean Startup Is Great UX Packaging
- Fitting Big-Picture UX Into Agile Development
- You Already Know How To Use It
- Fixing A Broken User Experience
- Beyond Wireframing: The Real-Life UX Design Process
- Stop Redesigning And Start Tuning Your Site Instead
- Designer Myopia: How To Stop Designing For Ourselves
- The UX Research Plan That Stakeholders Love

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 88
Language: English
Released: January 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-58-8

Practical Approaches For Designing Usable Websites

The user-centered design process is based on various steps, each with its respective approaches. Learn about designing flows, optimizing emotional engagement and performing heuristic website reviews. This eBook provides you with several practical techniques that will help make your Web applications appeal to the masses, transforming them into lightweight yet efficient user experiences.

Table of Contents

- Evolve Your User Interface To Educate Your Users
- Optimizing Emotional Engagement In Web Design Through Metrics
- Enhancing User Interaction With First Person User Interfaces
- A Guide To Heuristic Website Reviews
- Stop Designing Pages And Start Designing Flows
- The Data-Pixel Approach To Improving User Experience

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 97
Language: English
Released: May 2012
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-28-1

A Field Guide To Usability Testing

Testing usability is vital to creating a successful website — even more so if it's an e-commerce website, a complex app or any other complicated project. Unlike interviews and focus groups, a well-designed user test measures actual performance. This eBook provides a guide to A/B testing, multivariate testing, tips for increasing conversion rates and a review of testing methods and tools.

Table of Contents

- The Ultimate Guide to A/B Testing
- Multivariate Testing in Action
- Five Simple Steps to Increase Conversion Rates
- 15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website
- Test Usability By Embracing Other Viewpoints
- Multivariate Testing 101
- A Scientific Method of Optimizing Design
- Comprehensive Review of Usability and User Experience Testing Tools

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 102
Language: English
Released: May 2012
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-31-1

User Experience, Practical Techniques, Vol. 1

Are you familiar with the term User Experience (UX) and the principles that determine a user-friendly website? If yes, then all you need to do is to learn some more useful techniques that will make your user interface designs even better! This eBook features seven selected articles on usability principles which will help you design user-centered websites by showing you helpful examples of the best practices and which common mistakes to avoid in your next project.

Table of Contents

- 9 Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design
- 10 Principles Of Effective Web Design
- Five More Principles Of Effective Web Design
- 10 Useful Techniques To Improve Your User Interface Designs
- 12 Useful Techniques For Good User Interface Design
- An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability
- 10 Usability Nightmares You Should Be Aware Of

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 149
Language: English
Released: February 2012
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-25-0

User Experience, Practical Techniques, Vol. 2

By now, all good designers understand the importance of usability for their work. Usable websites offer great user experience, and great experiences lead to happy customers. This eBook features six selected articles on UI design and innovative UX techniques that will help improve your website's user experience and satisfy your visitors. Learn about designing drop-down menus, log-in and sign-up forms, navigation menus, tracking errors as well as common usability mistakes in Web design. Make your visitors happy with smart design decisions.

Table of Contents

- Improve The User Experience By Tracking Errors
- Designing Drop-Down Menus: Examples And Best Practices
- New Approaches To Designing Log-In Forms
- 9 Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design
- Horizontal Navigation Menus: Trends, Patterns And Best Practices
- Innovative Techniques To Simplify Sign-Ups and Log-Ins

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 145
Language: English
Released: May 2012
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-32-8

User Experience Design

User Experience (UX) can be strongly influenced by behavioral factors such as emotions, beliefs, preferences and even cultural backgrounds. Being aware of this, Web designers keep developing strategies to improve the overall UX with the help of storytelling, tools for problem solving, relationship engineering and costumer service improvement. This Smashing eBook "User Experience Design" provides you with insights on how to improve your website based on the most important UX principles.

Table of Contents

- Why User Experience Cannot Be Designed
- Design Is About Solving Problems
- A Design Is Only As Deep As It Is Usable
- Designing The Well-Tempered Web
- Better User Experience With Storytelling - Part 1
- Better User Experience With Storytelling - Part 2
- Relationship Engineering - Part 1
- Relationship Engineering - Part 2
- Taking A Customer From Like To Love: The UX Of Long-Term Relationships
- Idiots, Drama Queens And Scammers: Improving Customer Service with UX

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 134
Language: English
Released: February 2012
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-23-6

Psychology Of Web Design

Among the most important ingredients for successful Web designs are creativity, planning, coding and design skills. However, many people forget that various psychological factors also play an important role when making design decisions. "Psychology of Web Design" gives you insights on how the human brain deals with different elements, colors, contrast, symmetry and balance. Combining the usability guidelines from Maslow's pyramid will surely help you design closer to your audience's desires.

Table of Contents

- Persuasion Triggers In Web Design
- Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs
- Designing For The Mind
- 10 Useful Usability Findings And Guidelines
- 30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of
- Designing For Start-Ups: How To Deliver The Message Across
- Color Theory For Designers - Part 1
- Color Theory For Designers - Part 2
- Color Theory For Designers - Part 3

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 272
Language: English
Released: February 2012
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-24-3

E-Commerce Websites

Designing and developing e-commerce websites is a puzzle with thousands of pieces. Not only are the layout and structure of your Web store important, but you also have to keep the user experience and conversion rates in mind. These are what, in the end, really convince your client’s customers to click that shiny “Buy now” button. In this eBook you’ll be studying the universal principles for successful e-commerce websites, which include improving your check-out process and making your product displays more attractive. In reality, optimizing your conversion rates takes little effort. Find out how to resolve small usability issues to immense effect. Are you familiar with A/B and multivariate testing? Use them to figure out how customers respond to minimal changes in design, content structure and check-out convenience. Customers decide whether to stay on a page in just a few (milli)seconds, so you better make them count!

Table of Contents

- Getting Started With E-Commerce
- 5 Universal Principles For Successful E-Commerce-Sites
- 12 Tips for Designing an Excellent Checkout Process
- How to Engage Customers in Your E-Commerce Website
- Principles of Effective Search in E-Commerce Design
- 15 Common Mistakes in E-Commerce Design
- E-Commerce: Fundamentals of a Successful Re-Design
- Improve Your E-Commerce Design With Brilliant Product Photos
- How To Use Photos To Sell More Online
- Design To Sell: 8 Useful Tips To Help Your Website Convert
- 7 More Useful Tips To Help Your Site Convert
- Optimizing Conversion Rates: Less Effort, More Customers
- Optimizing Conversion Rates: It’s All About Usability
- Use Conversions To Generate More Conversions
- The Ultimate Guide To A/B Testing
- Multivariate Testing: 5 Simple Steps to Increase Conversion Rates

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 266
Language: English
Released: December 2010
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-04-5

Customer Reviews (4)


Nice bundle

I can really recommend this bundle. The books I liked most were the "Practical Techniques" and "Navigation and Interaction", I still have to check out "A Field Guide To Usability Testing" but for now I´m very pleased.


Posted on 5/4/13


Finally a practical approach!

Having studied cognitive science, I had a pretty theoretical understanding of UX Design. These books (well, most of them, especially "UX Design Process") helped me to a more practical approach for my projects.
Clearly, as a freelancer I cant/wont use each technique described, but I feel glad having broadened my horizon.


Posted on 2/12/13

Bernd Jörger:

Inspiring, well-written and sometimes even amusing!

This is the book, that really made me take in UX Design. I love how it motivated me to think outside the box while designing/redesigning, seems to me the authors just knew how to push my buttons to get me going...
Eyeopener No. 1 was "You already know how to use it" - the chapter on patterns and pattern-matching.
"How to stop designing for ourselves" was my second eyeopener, I couldnt stop smiling reading it. Kudos to Rian van der Merwe!


Posted on 2/12/13


What an AWESSOME book! Wish it also come in hardcover!

Never before have a i read a more spot-on, intuitive book about eCommerce best practices. And from some VERY reputable sources! Thanks again Smashing!!


Posted on 2/10/11

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