September 10, 2012
Though I hesitate to name favorites, Colin Ware's Information Visualization, Perception for Design is really nice as a reference.
I tend to focus on web programming, creating ways for users to view and interact with data. Really though, the way the field is expanding its reach, what ISN'T related to the UX field these days?
A basketball. I don't usually like to run. In the context of a spirited game of pickup basketball, however, my legs have a mind of their own. Muscles get exercised, sweat flows, and fun is had. Some may call a ball a toy. To me, though, the object that enables me to get healthy exercise with a smile on my face is a life-changer, as my mind becomes sluggish when I lack proper activity.
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Thus far in my education I seem to have favored breadth-first exploration, dabbling in art/design, social sciences, compSci, and more. Web Development and UX has seized my interest due to the incredible convergence of disciplines involved.