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Seattle, WA Nonfiction
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A book of lessons and inspiration on creating standout user experiences.

Seattle, WA Nonfiction
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Making Things Special is a book about creating standout user experiences. The authors, Hillel Cooperman and Jenny Lam (us), have been designing user experiences collectively for over 25 years. Six years ago we founded Jackson Fish Market, a small software design consultancy in Seattle, Washington. We've worked with clients like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, as well as several small to mid-size startups and tech companies. Clients come to us when they want to create an experience that's not just intuitive, not just usable, but something that their audience can fall in love with.

Software is the canvas with which countless experiences are being created every day. And the number is only increasing. As more surfaces become interactive, more software will be created to run on those surfaces. And making something that not only gets the job done, but connects with an audience on an emotional level is a challenge. The book is called Making Things Special. It's a collection of essays and illustrations that give lessons and inspiration on the art of creating standout user experiences. The book is divided into three sections. The first covers the history and context of creating user experiences today. The second covers the role of the user experience designer. The third gets down to brass tacks in terms of techniques and specifics on creating the user experiences themselves.

While the book will certainly be a useful tool for designers, we believe that the ideas and examples are important for anyone fighting to make a great experience including technologists, marketers, and business folks. We think there are even broad lessons for those creating user experiences in other mediums. We're thrilled to be on Kickstarter which is a special experience in itself. The funds we're trying to raise will help us ensure the book has high quality illustrations throughout, as well as getting top editing talent to make sure that the book is coherent, cohesive, and flows. Thanks so much for your interest in our small project. We'd be thrilled to have your support. Jenny and Hillel

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    You get a free copy of our eBook with a single user license. It comes in PDF format. Also, you receive a sizable chunk of our gratitude.

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    You get a free copy of our eBook with a small team license (sharable by up to ten people at the same company). It comes in PDF format. You'll also get the Making Things Special desktop wallpaper and we'll mention your name in the credits. Also, you receive a not too shabby amount of our gratitude.

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    You get a free copy of our eBook with a team license (sharable by up to 50 people at the same company). It comes in PDF format. You'll receive the Making Things Special desktop wallpaper and we'll mention your name in the credits. Also, we'll send you a very slick Making Things Special Jotter (small designy notebook). You'll also receive a significant quantity of our gratitude. (Please include an additional $5 for shipping outside the United States.)

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    You get everything from the $75 reward plus we'll send you a beautiful Jackson Fish Market mug. Great for coffee, cocoa, and other beverages warm or cold. (Please include an additional $10 for shipping outside the United States.)

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    You get everything from the $125 reward plus we'll send you a Making Things Special limited edition poster. Inspiring and beautiful at the same time. Each poster will be signed tastefully by Jenny and Hillel. (Please include an additional $10 for shipping outside the United States.)

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    You get a one hour phone/Skype consulting session with Jenny or Hillel on the topic of your choice: user experience review, product naming, brand element review, career advice, restaurant recommendations, etc. You also receive everything from the $250 reward plus even more gratitude.

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    You get a chapter in the book on the topic of your choice. We write the chapter, and we get approval over your topic choice to make sure it's reasonably within the bounds of the point of the book. You also receive everything from the $250 reward plus even more gratitude.

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    You get a 45 minute User Experience talk from either Jenny or Hillel delivered at the location of your choice. We get to choose the talk, but will try to tailor it to your audience. You'll need to work with us on scheduling, and if you're outside of Seattle, you'll need to cover the reasonable travel costs. You also receive everything from the $250 reward and our eternal gratitude.

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