Books

28 Apr 2004 - 10:29am
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NICK MEARA
2004

Dan Saffer wrote:
> Where are the interaction design books?

Not necessarily interaction design nor usability specifically, but what
about

* Contextual Design, Beyer and Holtzblatt
* Field Methods Casebook for Software Design, Wixon and Ramey
(old but gold and actually about as expensive)

and my current favourite

* Design Research, Edited by Brenda Laurel

Cheers,

Nick.
........................................................
Nick Meara E-learning Experience Co-ordinator
ICT-IDSG, Aston University, Birmingham
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28 Apr 2004 - 10:55am
whitneyq
2010

I can't resist:

Many, if not most, of these books are from a wide variety of different
micro-fields, often written by people who might be identified as: usability
professionals, technical communicators, market researchers as well as
designers.

Isn't this an obvious effect in broad field that is still "forming and
norming" and a sign of the deep inter-relationships between these
micro-disciplines. And it seems equally clear that the emphasis each
practitioner places on different aspects of the overall process has to do
with their background/training, personal skillsa and, most importantly, the
type of products they work on (that is, industry, context of use, audience
and medium).

My quote of the day:
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately" -
Benjamin Franklin

Whitney Quesenbery
Whitney Interactive Design, LLC
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e. whitneyq at wqusability.com
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4 Apr 2007 - 5:02pm
Mark Schraad
2006

I do a bunch of reading in the winter months. As spring comes full
term I am wondering what books people have been reading and what I
have missed. What are the top 5 books that you have read towards
professional goals this winter. I will start with mine...

The Creating Brain -Andreasen
The Laws of Simplicity -Maeda
In the Bubble -Thakara
Designing Interactions -Moggridge
Managing as Designing - Boland/Callopy (even better the second time)

Mark

4 Apr 2007 - 5:33pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Here's my list:

* The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time - Hall
* Learning from Strangers - Weiss
* Making Comics - McCloud
* The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Lencioni
* The Natue of Order: The Phenomenon of Life - Alexander

Also, gotta second both the Thakara and Boland.

// jeff

4 Apr 2007 - 5:35pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Apr 4, 2007, at 3:02 PM, Mark Schraad wrote:

> What are the top 5 books that you have read towards
> professional goals this winter.

Managing the Design Factory
<http://www.odannyboy.com/blog/new_archives/2007/03/
review_managing.html>

Designing the Mobile User Experience
Mobile Interaction Design
<http://www.odannyboy.com/blog/new_archives/2007/02/
review_designin_1.html>

Catching the Big Fish
<http://www.odannyboy.com/blog/new_archives/2007/02/
review_catching.html>

What Things Do
<http://www.odannyboy.com/blog/new_archives/2006/11/
review_what_thi.html>

Dan

5 Apr 2007 - 7:47am
Brad Bonham
2006

Ahh Mark, a topic near and dear to my heart. I've been catching up on my
"professional reading" this winter. Some of your books are still waiting
patiently on my Amazon wish list. Here's my top 5 from this winter:

1) Made to Stick - the Heath brothers (if I had to pick one ABSOLUTE
MUST READ book, this would be it)
2) The Long Tail - Anderson
3) The Paradox of Choice - Schwartz
4) Flow - Csikszentmihalyi
5) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Cialdini

Am currently reading Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The
Principles of Screenwriting - McKee. It's obviously about screenwriting,
but it's forcing me to take the act of story telling more seriously than
I ever have.

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I do a bunch of reading in the winter months. As spring comes full
term I am wondering what books people have been reading and what I
have missed. What are the top 5 books that you have read towards
professional goals this winter. I will start with mine...

The Creating Brain -Andreasen
The Laws of Simplicity -Maeda
In the Bubble -Thakara
Designing Interactions -Moggridge
Managing as Designing - Boland/Callopy (even better the second time)

Mark

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5 Apr 2007 - 12:33pm
Josh
2006

Recent Reads:
Designing Interfaces - Tidwell
Ajax Design Patterns - Mahemoff
Mobile Interaction Design - Jones and Marsden
Critical Mass, How One Thing Leads to Another - Ball
Ajax and REST Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach - Gross

Oldie but goodie:
Massively Multiplayer Game Development - Alexander (This book is awesome
when considering how to build persistent world community driven
applications, social networks, etc.)

--
Josh Viney
EastMedia Group
http://www.eastmedia.com

5 Apr 2007 - 1:20pm
mtumi
2004

Photoshop CS/CS2 Wow
This is Your Brain on Music
Getting Things Done
Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting
Sagmeister: Made You Look

I also highly recommend Nespresso magazine (that's a joke - I just
got my first copy, which apparently can be yours for $5.45 on the
newsstand somewhere...).

MT

On Apr 5, 2007, at 1:33 PM, Josh Viney wrote:

> Recent Reads:
> Designing Interfaces - Tidwell
> Ajax Design Patterns - Mahemoff
> Mobile Interaction Design - Jones and Marsden
> Critical Mass, How One Thing Leads to Another - Ball
> Ajax and REST Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach - Gross
>
> Oldie but goodie:
> Massively Multiplayer Game Development - Alexander (This book is
> awesome
> when considering how to build persistent world community driven
> applications, social networks, etc.)
>
> --
> Josh Viney
> EastMedia Group
> http://www.eastmedia.com
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5 Apr 2007 - 1:37pm
Josh
2006

Gotta plug the books by people on this list. I think there are probably tons
more, but these were fairly recent reads for me and they all happen to be
pretty rad.

Designing the Obvious - Robert Hoekman
Ambient Findability - Peter Morville
Designing for Interaction - Dan Saffer

Are fairly recent reads and all happen to be pretty rad.

--
Josh Viney
EastMedia Group
http://www.eastmedia.com

5 Apr 2007 - 2:46pm
.pauric
2006

For those not aware, you can keep track of your reads on a great site
MyLibraryThing
example
http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=Livia_Llewellyn&shelf=shelf

I would feel putting the available applet code in to your portfolio site
might round out the content of your portfolio, might give the reader a
better idea of who you are, your interests etc. Just a suggestion given the
interest in the portfolio thread.

5 Apr 2007 - 2:55pm
Christopher Fahey
2005

My recent reading list, revolving around style and design. Teh hotttest
recommendations are indicated with little arrows:

<http://www.graphpaper.com/2007/04-01_interaction-design-style-my-ia-sum
mit-2007-presentation>

...or <http://tinyurl.com/2dp3pg>

-Cf

Christopher Fahey
____________________________
Behavior
http://www.behaviordesign.com
me: http://www.graphpaper.com

5 Apr 2007 - 4:21pm
Christopher Fahey
2005

I want to apologize for my half-assed use of a URL to share my suggested
books.

Instead, I'll summarize properly forthwith, including brief book
reviews:

1. _The Architecture of Happiness_
..... by Alain de Botton
<http://www.alaindebotton.com/architecture.asp>
I cannot stop recommending this book. Poetically and thoughtfully
written, it describes how architecture speaks to us in a way that is
easily transposed, I think, into terms of interaction design. Takes us
beyond the hackneyed form vs. function argument to a unified vision of
how designed experiences communicate with us through structure and
style.

2. _A Pattern Language_
..... by Christopher Alexander
<http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Language-Buildings-Construction-Environme
ntal/dp/0195019199>
The book is misundersood by most of our community, I think. It's seen as
a guideline for normalizing practice toward proven reliable models. But
in reality it is an idiosyncratic, poetic manifesto for a certain
approach to architecture and human society in general. Read the book for
real... or just visit and join his excellent web site for all the
content, hyperlinked, for a measly $5/month:
http://www.patternlanguage.com

3. _Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things_
..... by Donald Norman
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0465051359/donnormanA/
Utterly overlooked and underappreciated in this community. Investigated
why it is that good looking things usually do work better.

4. _The Elements of Typographic Style_
..... by Robert Bringhurst
<http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Robert-Bringhurst/dp/0
881791326>
Massive but beautifully written book covering almost everything you can
imagine typography. Part reference guide, part history book, part
meditation. Like a fractal it gets more detailed as you zoom in,
exposing how much really goes into typography, both technically and
aesthetically.

5. _The Substance of Style_
..... by Virginia Postrel
<http://www.amazon.com/Substance-Style-Aesthetic-Remaking-Consciousness/
dp/0060186321>
and _Stylepedia_
..... by Steven Heller and Louise Fili
<http://www.amazon.com/Stylepedia-Graphic-Design-Mannerisms-Conceits/dp/
0811833461>
Two books (mostly) about graphic design style in contemporary culture,
both speaking to the importance of style as a commodity, and style as an
intrinsic value equal to, say, usefulness or usability.

-Cf

Christopher Fahey
____________________________
Behavior
http://www.behaviordesign.com
me: http://www.graphpaper.com

5 Apr 2007 - 4:26pm
corywhite
2007

<snip>

4. _The Elements of Typographic Style_
..... by Robert Bringhurst
<http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Robert-Bringhurst/dp/0
881791326>
Massive but beautifully written book covering almost everything you can
imagine typography. Part reference guide, part history book, part
meditation. Like a fractal it gets more detailed as you zoom in,
exposing how much really goes into typography, both technically and
aesthetically.

</snip>

I whole-heartedly second this recommendation. Simply an amazing book
whether you have a graphic design background or not.

I would also add Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics" to the mix if it
hasn't already been mentioned.

-cory

5 Apr 2007 - 7:39pm
Fred van Amstel
2005

We were not in winter in Brazil, but I realy liked this books I read
last months:

Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design
http://www.amazon.com/Acting-Technology-Activity-Theory-Interaction/dp/0262112981

Hacer CLIC: Hacia Una Sociosemiotica de Las Interacciones Digitales
http://www.amazon.com/Hacer-CLIC-Sociosemiotica-Interacciones-Digitales/dp/8497840615

Designing Interactions
http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Interactions-Bill-Moggridge/dp/0262134748

What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, And Design
http://www.amazon.com/What-Things-Philosophical-Reflections-Technology/dp/0271025409

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Mobs-Next-Social-Revolution/dp/0738208612/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-8444755-5552103?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175819806&sr=8-1

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6 Apr 2007 - 12:08pm
Chant, Mary
2006

Three books I've enjoyed recently:

Imitation of Life How Biology is Inspiring Computing, Nancy Forbes
(2005)

The Human Use of Human Beings - Cybernetics and Society, Norbert Wiener
(1956)

The Meaning of Art, Herbert Read (1949)

Mary

Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 18:02:21 -0400
From: Mark Schraad <mschraad at mac.com>

I do a bunch of reading in the winter months. As spring comes full
term I am wondering what books people have been reading and what I
have missed. What are the top 5 books that you have read towards
professional goals this winter. I will start with mine...

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6 Apr 2007 - 2:27pm
Chris Bernard
2007

Some of the books I've found most helpful over the past few years are books that I can give to others. Perhaps no book fits that bill better than Dan's Designing for Interaction. It's such a nice, concise, but still rigorous tome and it's written in a way that folks that are new to the discipline can digest.

On that same vein I've found the book Unstuck by Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro to be really useful (It's been around a few years and I came to it late). There's also a nice Web site that supports it.( http://www.unstuck.com/)

Chris Bernard
Microsoft
User Experience Evangelist
chris.bernard at microsoft.com
312.925.4095

Blog: www.designthinkingdigest.com
Design: www.microsoft.com/design
Tools: www.microsoft.com/expression

6 Apr 2007 - 2:54pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Fave book of 2005: Digital Ground by Malcolm McCullough
Fave book of 2006: Designing Interfaces by Jennifer Tidwell

Digital Ground is just an amazing book that better than any other book
before or since articulates what IxD is and does. It is so cool that
an architect and not an IxDer did this book.

Designing Interfaces takes the work that Jennifer has been doing with
patterns and brings it into print. I can't believe O'Reilly let her
pull this off. it is so well presented. It is a great book to read and
then a reference as powerful as the Definitive JavaScript book.

Books most looking forward to this year:
Thoughts on Interaction Design by Jon Kolko
Sketching User Experience by Bill Buxton

This latter one I've been privy to a preview copy and let's just say
it is going to be great when complete.

-- dave

6 Apr 2007 - 10:25pm
Cinnamon Melchor
2006

Cool idea. I just put all of the books mentioned in this thread (the
ones I saw; I'm sure I missed a few) into LibraryThing. I figured it'd
be faster than re-reading umpteen gmails when my next
present-receiving occasion came around.

<http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=IXDAreads>

The account name is IXDAreads.

I did not do tags since I've not read/loved all of them.

I am more than happy to share the password off-list so it becomes a
community resource. I don't know about the wisdom of doing it on-list.
Admins?

Cheers,
Cinnamon

On 4/5/07, pauric <radiorental at gmail.com> wrote:
> For those not aware, you can keep track of your reads on a great site
> MyLibraryThing
> example
> http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=Livia_Llewellyn&shelf=shelf

6 Apr 2007 - 10:46pm
Mark Schraad
2006

nicely done - thanks Cinnamon!

On Apr 6, 2007, at 11:25 PM, Cinnamon Melchor wrote:

> Cool idea. I just put all of the books mentioned in this thread (the
> ones I saw; I'm sure I missed a few) into LibraryThing. I figured it'd
> be faster than re-reading umpteen gmails when my next
> present-receiving occasion came around.
>
> <http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=IXDAreads>
>
> The account name is IXDAreads.
>
> I did not do tags since I've not read/loved all of them.
>
> I am more than happy to share the password off-list so it becomes a
> community resource. I don't know about the wisdom of doing it on-list.
> Admins?
>
> Cheers,
> Cinnamon
>
>
>
> On 4/5/07, pauric <radiorental at gmail.com> wrote:
>> For those not aware, you can keep track of your reads on a great site
>> MyLibraryThing
>> example
>> http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?
>> view=Livia_Llewellyn&shelf=shelf
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9 Apr 2007 - 7:43pm
Noor Ali-Hasan
2006

>Fave book of 2005: Digital Ground by Malcolm McCullough
>Fave book of 2006: Designing Interfaces by Jennifer Tidwell

>Digital Ground is just an amazing book that better than any other book
>before or since articulates what IxD is and does. It is so cool that
>an architect and not an IxDer did this book.

I took a class with Malcolm last spring at the University of Michigan and can't agree more. He's an engaging lecturer and extremely passionate about IxD. If you ever get a chance to hear him talk, I wouldn't miss it.

Noor Ali-Hasan | User Experience Researcher | Microsoft TV
noor.ali-hasan at microsoft.com | 650.693.1925

9 Apr 2007 - 8:23pm
mary keitelman
2006

Does anyone know of any statistics out there of how common it is for users to have the free Microsoft type face, Calibri, downloaded? This for a request to build out a new ecommerce site, using Calibri. I did find some information but would like to know if there is more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CalibriThanks in advance, Mary Keitelman
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