Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love (Hardback)
  • Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love (Hardback)

Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love (Hardback)

Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 11/11/2014
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From Design Thinking to Design Doing Innovators today are told to run loose and think lean in order to fail fast and succeed sooner. But in a world obsessed with the new, where cool added features often trump actual customer needs, it's the consumer who suffers. In our quest to be more agile, we end up creating products that underwhelm. So how does a company like Nest, creator of the mundane thermostat, earn accolades like "beautiful" and "revolutionary" and a $3.2 billion Google buyout? What did Nest do differently to create a household product that people speak of with love? Nest, and companies like it, understand that emotional connection is critical to product development. And they use a clear, repeatable design process that focuses squarely on consumer engagement rather than piling on features for features' sake. In this refreshingly jargon-free and practical book, product design expert Jon Kolko maps out this process, demonstrating how it will help you and your team conceive and build successful, emotionally resonant products again and again. The key, says Kolko, is empathy. You need to deeply understand customer needs and feelings, and this understanding must be reflected in the product. In successive chapters of the book, we see how leading companies use a design process of storytelling and iteration that evokes positive emotions, changes behavior, and creates deep engagement. Here are the four key steps: 1. Determine a product-market fit by seeking signals from communities of users. 2. Identify behavioral insights by conducting ethnographic research. 3. Sketch a product strategy by synthesizing complex research data into simple insights. 4. Polish the product details using visual representations to simplify complex ideas. Kolko walks the reader through each step, sharing eye-opening insights from his fifteen-year career in product design along the way. Whether you're a designer, a product developer, or a marketer thinking about your company's next offering, this book will forever change the way you think about--and create--successful products.

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 9781625274793
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 23 mm

"Top 11 Books to Watch for Q4." -- 250 Words (250words.com) A "Best Book of the year" pick." ... worthy reading for anyone looking to launch a new product or tweak an existing one." -- SUCCESS magazine "... a welcome reminder that respecting customers' emotional needs should be your top product-development priority--no matter what you're designing." -- Inc. "If consumers engage with a product to the point of modifying their own behavior--hello iPad!--the marketing is a done deal. It's all about identifying the opportunities then designing products that connect." -- Qantas - The Australia Way "Well-Designed provides a refreshing approach to the way we view successful services, policies, strategies and business models." -- Engineering and Technology Magazine, The Institution of Engineering and Technology ADVANCE PRAISE for Well-Designed: Richard Florida, professor, University of Toronto and New York University; author, The Rise of the Creative Class-- "Steve Jobs's creativity as a designer was the key to his entrepreneurial genius. But can Jobs's style of 'design thinking' be scaled? Jon Kolko shows that it can be--step by step, through a set of processes that are iterative, collaborative, and, best of all, easily learned. Well-Designed is bracingly practical and deeply inspiring." John Maeda, design partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; author, The Laws of Simplicity and Redesigning Leadership-- "Great companies are made through great products, and increasingly, great products are made through design. Kolko demonstrates that product managers must learn to think like designers; they need to embrace intuition, emotion, and most importantly, empathy. This insightful book is a must-read." Ric Grefe, Executive Director, AIGA, the professional association for design-- "Jon Kolko illuminates the intuitive skills of the designer with such clarity, truly describing 'how' instead of just 'what.' Two millennia ago, Vitruvius's manifesto on great design exhorted, 'utilitas, firmitas, e venustas.' Well-Designed expands on this: make things useful, usable, and delightful--and here's how." Liz Danzico, cofounder and Chair, MFA Interaction Design Program, School of Visual Arts; Creative Director, NPR-- "There are books about design, and there are books about leadership. By uniting practical processes and insightful ideas and interviews, Jon Kolko gives us both: an essential playbook comprising advice, research, and methods for engaged product design leadership." Robert Fabricant, cofounder and Principal, Design Impact Group, Dalberg Global Development Advisors-- "Product managers are the most important link between great ideas and great products. Jon Kolko speaks directly to this critical audience, providing the practical know-how to make design fit within their day-to-day decision making. Well-Designed is the essential guide to design that all product managers will learn from and love." Don Norman, Director, Design Lab, University of California, San Diego; author, Design of Everyday Things-- "Well-Designed presents a unique, powerful, human-centered way to design a product and then, how to master the important and oft-neglected task of guiding it through the complexities of development and delivery. This unique, easy to read, and powerful book is essential for anyone involved with product management."

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