Just a quick note to announce the release of my book on user research
and personas, with the understated title "The User Is Always Right: A
Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas." If you attended the IA
Summit in Vancouver, you might have heard me give a preview of some of
the book's content on adding more science to persona creation.
Note: I posted this to my blog (which is rarely read ;-), but thought
it might make a good starting point of discussion for the group. Many
of the posters here seem to be searching for references, short cuts
to expertise and experience, and general good insight. - Mark Schraad
A quick guide to readings
I have spent a great deal of time reading in the last few years. Much
of it wasted. It occurs to me that there are some patterns observed
that may be worth sharing.
I'd like to recommend that everybody read the new edition of Cost-Justifying Usability : An Update for the Internet Age.
I just finished reading the majority of it, and thought that it was an excellent read. While it is a "usability" book, it's a valuable resource for interaction designers also, particularly if they have to ROI activities.
In addition, there was an excellent chapter that detailed how to think about improving internal social return on investment.
I am intrigued by this topic and was wondering if anybody has come across any books regarding this topic or can suggest any current research that is going on.
Memories for life: As we all accumulate personal digital memories such as e-mail and photos, it will become necessary to manage the information gathered over a human lifetime. The challenge is to allow people to gain maximum benefit from these auxiliary memories, while maintaining their privacy;
I'm trying to update my skills in graphical design and design of GUI. Last
time I focused on the excellent "Designing Visual Interfaces" by
Mullet&Sano. Anyone got suggestions for other good books on GUI-design and
communication oriented graphical design? What books are essential and why?
I'll appreciate all answers.