Rosenfeld Media

Rosenfeld Media publishes short, practical, and useful books and webinars on user experience design. Their products explain the design and research methods that web professionals need to make informed design decisions.

What can we learn from watching people use books? Can we really study a medium that’s been in use for centuries? This research study aimed to examine how people use physical and digital versions of a book, observing how people use navigation systems online and off. The findings from the research informed both the book cover design, and the navigation system in the interior of the digital and physical copies.

Specific goals included assessing the ease or difficulty of using a print or digital form of the book; determining the comfort level of interacting with book navigational devices such as table of contents, index, and chapter separators; assessing the readability of elements such as chapter headers and captions; and gauging the reaction to the overall experience of a Rosenfeld Media book.

The studies took place over three days with participants at various levels in the user experience industry examining print and digital books separately. The distribution was intended to gather unique behaviors about the different media. The inquiries were place in one-on-one interviews with the moderator asking participants to perform specific tasks as they move through the books.

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Work

  • W.W.Norton & Company
  • Eye Magazine
  • Theme Magazine
  • Maryland Institute of College Art

About Liz

Danzico is part designer, part educator, and full-time dog owner. She traces the roots of her craft back to her parents. According to Liz, "Growing up at least a little information architect gave me an organizational advantage over my friends.” More