Process Book Examples
01 DESIGN & CODE
02 OVERHAULING THE TWITTER EXPERIENCE ON ANDROID
03 QUICKBOOKS GOPAYMENT
The three process books that I searched all had one thing in common: they described their process as if it were a story and a good one at that. Their story flow was good and intentional. It described all the aspects needed in presenting a designer's work process. They explicitly cited their intentions, the challenges they faced, their research findings and user groups, their directional sketches, their prototypes and finally, their output. They walked through their process step by step and it was carefully and thoughtfully organized. It was easy to understand their process and how they arrived at certain points because they explained what happened in each phase and smoothly transitioned on to the next. Everything was coherent and well thought out.
I was also drawn to the language they used in describing their process and telling their story. There was a lack of professionalism which made room for comfortable conversation-like experience between the author and the reader and I feel that it made all the difference because it made me connect more to what they were presenting. These articles are a combination of detailed and summarized process books, and I find that I appreciate both ends. I like how a summarized process book still had all the details needed to understand the product, while I also like how the detailed process book outlined each and every step and screen and what happened all throughout the experience of working on their product. It also helped that all three resources had subtitles for each phase which made it easier to navigate through all the process and digest the information. Making it clear at which phase the reader is on helps give a sense of direction to where the designers are wanting to lead us in their step-by-step story process.
Overall, I learned a lot from reading these process books and it gave me an insight on how to make one for my future projects.