Research Practice is the book that every HCI, UX, and interaction design student will read to understand what applied user research really looks like, based on the stories and experiences of the people who work in this field. In the works now, and coming in fall 2020.
What’s the structure for this book?
The book is comprised of the following sections, with invited contributors writing short essays related to one or more sections:
- The people who practice user research
- Getting started in a user research role
- The people user researchers work with
- The day-to-day of user research
- Sharing user research with others
- Expanding a user research practice
- Challenges in user research
- Where user researchers go next
How does this book differ from other UX and research books and resources?
While other books successfully cover the broad terrain of user research and common methods, there is not a book that adequately captures the day-to-day of the practice of user research for product organizations. From how to get started to scaling a team to working with designers to making tradeoffs thoughtfully, this book comprises the spectrum of user research practice experiences.
Who is the audience for this book?
- Primary audience: UX, HCI, and interaction design students
- Secondary audience: People who already do user research on a product team
- Tertiary audiences: People who are generally interested in UX research, like product managers and designers; and career switchers, like those interested in transitioning from academia to practice
Who is producing this book?
I’m self-publishing this book. It will be available in print and digital formats, following the successful models provided by Abby Covert (How to Make Sense of Any Mess), Brad Frost (Atomic Design), and Jan Chipchase (The Field Study Handbook).
Nicole Fenton is editing the book. Nicole is co-author of Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose and editor for books from A Book Apart and the aforementioned How to Make Sense of Any Mess.
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