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Design for the Mind: useful for backend?

 
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Hello and welcome to the ranch!

Will software engineer(backend) will find something usefull in this book? Let's say, he is cooperating with UX people but he is not making UX decisions.
 
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Hi Paul,

I admit I'm biased, but I do think backend engineers will benefit from reading Design for the Mind, particularly if they work on teams with UX folk. You will gain insight into what makes design elements effective. I would argue this will help you understand how and why your product works at getting people to use it. I'd also hope that it would help you contribute to the conversation, perhaps even provide you with language to use when arguing for a certain position on a decision. Even if you aren't the decision maker, you would be able to provide insight. You will also walk away with an understanding of what underlies the goal you and the UX team are trying to accomplish - increased use/purchases/visits/etc and how this might happen.

I'd also say that since Manning Publications is my publisher, a number of the reviewers were software engineers. Some of them provided some excellent insight and feedback on the value of the book. For example, one engineer said they also dabble in design, and the book gave them good insight into some of the consideration they should be accounting for in the design and development of their products.

One thing the book does not cover is any type of code.

I hope this helps and let me know if you end up reading it and find value. I appreciate it.

Victor
 
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