The VR Book

The VR Book

Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality

Jason Jerald
ISBN: 9781970001129 | PDF ISBN: 9781970001136
Hardcover ISBN:9781970001150
Copyright © 2016 | 550 Pages | Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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"Dr. Jerald has recognized a great need in our community and filled it. The VR Book is a scholarly and comprehensive treatment of the user interface dynamics surrounding the development and application of virtual reality. I have made it a required reading for my students and research colleagues. Well done!" - Prof. Tom Furness, University of Washington, VR Pioneer and Founder of HIT Lab International and the Virtual World Society

Without a clear understanding of the human side of virtual reality (VR), the experience will always fail. The VR Book bridges this gap by focusing on human-centered design.

Creating compelling VR applications is an incredibly complex challenge. When done well, these experiences can be brilliant and pleasurable, but when done badly, they can result in frustration and sickness. Whereas limitations of technology can cause bad VR execution, problems are oftentimes caused by a lack of understanding human perception, interaction, design principles, and real users. This book focuses on the human elements of VR, such as how users perceive and intuitively interact with various forms of reality, causes of VR sickness, creating useful and pleasing content, and how to design and iterate upon effective VR applications.

This book is not just for VR designers, it is for managers, programmers, artists, psychologists, engineers, students, educators, and user experience professionals. It is for the entire VR team, as everyone contributing should understand at least the basics of the many aspects of VR design.

The industry is rapidly evolving, and The VR Book stresses the importance of building prototypes, gathering feedback, and using adjustable processes to efficiently iterate towards success. With extensive details on the most important aspects of VR, more than 600 applicable guidelines, and over 300 additional references, The VR Book will bring a strong foundation for anyone and everyone involved in creating VR experiences.

There are few, if any, resources available to instructors who are teaching courses in virtual reality, whether in computer science, visual arts, or even game design. The VR Book is quickly becoming THE choice of academia to fulfill the needs of both instructors and students. Request your review copy today by contacting us.

We are currently working on supplemental material for academic instructors who adopt The VR Book for their courses. Jason Jerald has provided us with the extensive PowerPoint he uses for teaching short courses at conferences. It is only available to academic instructors who have confirmed adoption of the book. The PowerPoint includes the following:

Introduction & Background
Essential Design Concepts
Designing for the Hands
Interaction Patterns & Techniques
Conclusions & Discussion

The file will be editable, so it can be adjusted by instructors. If you have adopted the book, please contact us for instructions on how to download the file.

Check out some student projects from the University of Florida. Please contact us to share your student or personal projects and we will share them here and on social media.

Table of Contents

Introduction & Background
Adverse Health Effects
Content Creation
Iterative Design
The Future Starts Now

About the Author(s)

Jason Jerald, NextGen Interactions
Jason Jerald, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at NextGen Interactions. In addition to primarily focusing on NextGen Interactions and its clients, Jason is Chief Scientist at Digital ArtForms, is Adjunct Visiting Professor at the Waterford Institute of Technology, serves on multiple advisory boards of companies focusing on VR technologies, coordinates the Research Triangle Park-VR Meetup, and speaks about VR at various events throughout the world.

Jason has been creating VR systems and applications for approximately 20 years. He has been involved in over 60 VR-related projects across more than 30 organizations including Valve, Oculus, Virtuix, Sixense, NASA, General Motors, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, three U.S. national laboratories, and five universities. Jason's work has been featured on ABC's Shark Tank, on the Discovery Channel, in the New York Times, and on the cover of the MIT Press Journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. He has held various technical and leadership positions including building and leading a team of ~300 individuals, and has served on the ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Virtual Reality, and IEEE 3D User Interface Committees.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Computer Science degree with an emphasis in Computer Graphics and Minors in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. He earned a Master and a Doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on perception of motion and latency in VR. The graduate work consisted of building a VR system with under 8ms of end-to-end latency; the development of a mathematical model relating latency, head motion, scene motion, and perceptual thresholds; and validation of the model through psychophysics experiments. Jason holds over 20 publications and patents directly related to VR.


The definitive guide for creating VR user interactions.
Amir Rubin - CEO, Sixense

Conceptually comprehensive, yet at the same time practical and grounded in real-world experience.
Paul Mlyniec - President of Digital ArtForms and father of MakeVR

The summative guidelines provide quick access with back references for further understanding.
Chris Pusczak - Creative Director of SymbioVR

I was able to briefly preview it at SIGGRAPH this last summer and it seemed like it would be a good fit for my class. Now that have had a chance to take a deeper dive, I am even more certain I will be using the book. I am looking forward to using this as a required text when I teach the course again.
Dr. David Whittinghill, Purdue University

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