Tragic Design
The True Impact of Bad Design and How to Fix It
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2015
Pages: 200

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A young cancer patient dies because nurses are distracted with their "charting" software. A pilot charts a wrong course because of confusing UI, resulting in a plane crash. Bad design is everywhere, and its cost is much higher than we think. This book discusses how the failure to prioritize good design can cause real, physical harm, and provides practical advice for designing the world into a better place.

Written primarily for UI/UX designers, Tragic Design features personal stories and interviews with people who have been affected by bad design. The book also includes a section on how a layperson can be part of the solution for making our world better through good design.

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Fascinating look at the consequences of bad UX design

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Comments about oreilly Tragic Design:

I read the early release which contains what seems to be the first draft of the first couple of chapters and I'm excited to read the rest of the book. I found it to be a unique and very interesting look at the consequences of bad UX.

I think it'll be a must-read for anyone working in design or support for B2B and Enterprise products/services. In the consumer space, bad UX means your business won't grow. In the enterprise space, the consequences of bad UX can be tragic.

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