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Themes of User Experience (Books)

The following list can be used to find out about future and past books.

Themes of User Experience

  • Cognitive / Psychology
  • Interface Design

    • Methods of visualization
    • Typography
    • Animation

  • Management of Usability Teams
  • User Research
  • Prototyping
  • Interaction Design (Patterns)
  • Information Architecture
  • Usability Testing
  • Development processes
  • Signaletik
  • User Experience in Agile Projects
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Industrial Design
  • Fundamentals
  • Other
  • Not yet assigned

Cognitive / Psychology

Perception of the interface. What happens in the head of the human when he uses the
* Neuro Web Design - Susan Weinschenk
To be read

Interface Design

Layout of the user interface. Principles, elements and methods.
* Search Patterns - Peter Morville & Jeffery Callender
To be read
* The design of everyday things - Donald Norman
* Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions by Bill Scott

Methods of visualization

How to visualize information?
To be read
* Visual Explanations - Eward Tufte


E.g. Influence of font, line spacing on usability
To be read
* The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web http://webtypography....


e.g. storytelling. Will be websites more “passive” in the future, more of a story that the user listens to?
To be read

Management of Usability Teams

To be read
* Managing the Design Factory - Donald G. Reinertsen

User Research

How do I find the target users and how do I find out what they need? E.g. Contextual Inquiry
To be read
* Adaptive Path
* IDEO / Tim Brown
* Understanding Your Users - Courage & Baxter


Paper? Powerpoint? Axure? When to take which one?
To be read
* Rosenfeld Media
* Paper Prototyping - Carolyn Snyder
* Prototyping von Rich Internet Applikationen. Masters thesis - Binggeli and Blume and Sun http://eprints3.hsr.c...

Interaction Design (Patterns)

Design of the interaction with the system. Processes of the user-interaction. Also patterns of interactions that can be reused as “best-practices”.
To be read
* The Design of Sites - Douglas K. Van Duyne et al.
* Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks That Work - Robert Hoekman und Jared M. Spool
* Thoughts on Interaction Design - Jon Kolko

Information Architecture

How to design navigation schemes? Taxonomies etc.
To be read
* Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites by Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld

Usability Testing

How to check the usability of an interface?
To be read
* Usability Engineering - Jakob Nielsen
* Handbook of Usability Testing - Jeffrey Rubin, Dana Chisnell
* Rocket Surgery Made Easy - Steve Krug
* Idea: When reading a book, we could select a website where we could apply the learned methods directly


What to keep in mind when designing for people with disabilities?
To be read
* Swiss book about this subject with author?

Development processes

Which processes/methods result in a user-friendly interface?
* Designing for the social web - Josh porter
* Effective UI
* The Inmates are running the asylum - by Alan Cooper
To be read
* The design of everyday things - Donald Norman
* The Simplicity Shift: Innovative Design in a Corporate World - Scott Jenson
* A Project Guide to UX Design by Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler


E.g. How to improve street signals or signals inside buildings?
To be read

User Experience in Agile Projects

Scenario: Working in a team where Software Engineers work with Scrum. How does the UX-Person fit into this process?
To be read

Ubiquitous Computing

How to interact in a world where every chair and every table has an IP address?
To be read
* Article in the current Issue of Interactions Magazine “Proxemic Interactions: The new ubicomp?”

Industrial Design

Design of products and what can be learned from that for computer systems
To be read
* The design of everyday things - Donald Norman


Books which are about several of the above themes in a basic manner.
To be read
* Designing the obvious - Robert Hoekman
* Designing for the digital age - Kim Goodwin
* Usability Engineering - Jakob Nielsen
* Thoughts on Interaction Design - Jon Kolko


Books, which can not be assigned to any category
* Design is the problem - Nathan Shedroff
To be read
* Designing Social Interfaces

Not yet assigned

* Storytelling for User Experience
* Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

An illustration that shows some different fields of user experience

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Themes of User Experience (Books) December 16, 2011 4:07 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - Design is the Problem November 15, 2011 9:58 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - Designing for the Social Web November 15, 2011 9:57 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - Neuro Web Design November 15, 2011 9:56 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - Effective UI November 15, 2011 9:50 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - Search Patterns November 15, 2011 9:48 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - The inmates are running the asylum November 15, 2011 9:45 PM Thomas L.
UX Book Club - Designing for the Digital Age November 15, 2011 9:43 PM Thomas L.
About UX Book Club Switzerland September 17, 2013 9:38 AM Roland S.

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