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Want to Understand the Future of HCI? Take a Trip Down Memory Lane (Book Review)

A review of From Tool to Partner: The Evolution of Human-Computer Interaction by Jonathan Grudin. [Read More]

UX Researchers: Be Careful Out There! (Book Review)

A review of Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories by Steve Portigal. [Read More]

What should UXers know about Digital and Marketing Asset Management? (Book Review)

“Digital and Marketing Asset Management” includes an overview of relevant technology and how it fits into digital marketing organizations. The book also includes tips for making a business case for DAM and how to evaluate related vendors. Learning about DAM will be useful to UX professionals who find themselves working alongside digital marketers or in digital marketing organizations. [Read More]

Story First for Engaging Experiences (Book Review) 

A review of “The User’s Journey: Storymapping Products that People Love” by Donna Lichaw, which provides an accessible framework to help designers create engaging experiences. [Read More]

Is That Product Idea Really Good? (Book Review)

A review of Validating Product Ideas Through Lean User Research by Tomer Sharon. Guidance for why, when and how to conduct user research for product design. [Read More]

Five-Second Rules Help Build a Better Test (Book Review)

A review of The UX Five-Second Rules: Guidelines for User Experience Design’s Simplest Testing Technique by Paul Doncaster. An online, unmoderated method based on human perception. [Read More]

Cultivating Collaboration with Structured Negotiation (Book Review)

A review of Structured Negotiation by Lainey Feingold. An approach to resolving disputes based on collaboration rather than conflict. [Read More]

Turning User Research on Its Head (Book Review)

A review of “Presumptive Design: Design Provocations for Innovation” by Leo Frishberg and Charles Lambdin. [Read More]

Avoiding Narcissus: Finding inspiration in Unusual Places (Book Review)

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A review of There’s Not an App for That by Robinson, Marsden & Jones. Think deeply about the way you design and how you might do it differently [Read More]

Eye Tracking in User Experience Design (Book Review)

A review of Eye Tracking in User Experience Design by Bergstrom and Schall. Experts discuss how they’ve leveraged eye tracking to improve user experiences in various domains. [Read More]

Surviving Tricky and Sticky Research Situations (Book Review)

A review of The Moderator’s Survival Guide by Donna Tedesco and Fiona Tranquada. Improve your research moderating skills. [Read More]

The Case for Being a UX Unicorn: Learning to Work More Effectively with Web Developers (Book Review)

A review of Bridging UX & Web Development by Jack Moffett. A good base for getting started with learning to code. [Read More]

From Local Context to Global Design (Book Review)

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A review of Cross-Cultural Technology Design, Huatong Sun. This book examines the challenge of understanding cultural expectations and local context. [Read More]

Breakthrough Products Need Breakthrough Collaboration (Book Review)

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A review of The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaboration by Ben Shneiderman. A fresh look at how teams and innovation work together. [Read More]

Finding Meaning with Ethnography (Book Review)

A review of Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector by Sam Ladner. A detailed view of what makes research ‘ethnographic.’ [Read More]

A Review of Contextual Inquiry for Medical Device Design (Book Review)

A review of Contextual Inquiry for Medical Device Design by Mary Beth Privitera. Learn best practices and techniques for applying contextual inquiry to medical device design. [Read More]

The Joys of Labor and the Danger of Automation (Book Review)

A review of The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr. An examination of the implications of automation for society and our work as designers. [Read More]

Design for Innovation (Book Review)

A review of 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization by Vijay Kumar. A guidebook about innovation and design thinking techniques. [Read More]

UX Goes Global (Book Review)

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A review of Global UX: Research and Design in a Connected World by Whitney Quesenbery and Daniel Szuc, and The Handbook of Global User Research by Robert Schumacher. [Read More]

A Curated Selection of Practical Tips and Advice (Book Review)

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A review of The Mobile Frontier by Rachel Hinman. A guide for people starting out in designing mobile experiences. [Read More]

Pay Attention (Book Review)

A review of Ambient Commons by Malcolm McCullough. It’s all about paying attention – or not. [Read More]

Understanding UI Design Guidelines (Book Review)

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A review of Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson. A psychological look at common design problems. [Read More]

Privacy Meets Technology: Two Views of “The Circle” (Book Review)

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Two responses to The Circle by David Eggers. Lessons on privacy, information, and technology [Read More]

Learner Centered Design (Book Review)

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A review of Interface Design for Learning by Dorian Peters. Creating designs that transform the user. [Read More]

Creativity in Design and UX (Book Review)

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A review of Creative Confidence:Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley. Creativity and design in the user experience. [Read More]

Making the Web Accessible to All (Book Review)

A review of A Web for Everyone, by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery. A vision of a future in which we all can use the Web. [Read More]

Seeing is Believing (Book Review)

A review of Eye tracking the User Experience – A Practical Guide to Research by Aga Bojko. A must-read book with tips for running eye tracking studies. [Read More]

Redesigning Healthcare (Book Review)

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A review of Design for Care by Peter H. Jones. Applying design thinking to healthcare systems. [Read More]

Underground Diagrams (Book Review)

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A review of Underground Maps Unravelled and Vignelli Transit Maps.  An analysis of the design issues that challenge today’s professionals.  [Read More]

Two Museums of Future UX Design (Book Review)

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A review of Art of Imagination: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy by Frank M. Robinson, Robert Weinberg and Randy Broecker and Future Toys: Robots, Astronauts, Spaceships, Ray Guns by Antoni Emchowicz and Paul Nunnelely [Read More]

Letting Go of the Words (Book Review)

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A review of Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works (2nd edition) by Janice (Ginny) Redish.
In this seminal book, Ms. Redish brings together Content Management, clear writing, and usability testing, with helpful examples, case studies, and stories. [Read More]

UX Professionals + Stakeholders (Book Review)

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A review of It's OUR Research by Tomer Sharon.
In this compendium of experts’ advice, you’ll find useful nuggets that haven’t been recorded anywhere else. [Read More]

The p Stops Here (Book Review)

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A review of Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research by Jeff Sauro and Jim Lewis A convenient reference text for practitioners who need to measure the user experience and need guidance to determine the appropriate way in which to do the measuring. [Read More]

Not So Strange, These Fictions 
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A review of Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction by Nathan Shedroff & Christopher Noessel The implications for the design of mechanical controls, visual interfaces, volumetric projection, and gesture – all brought to life through examples. [Read More]

Diagramming: Making the Invisible Visible 
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A review of Designing Diagrams: Making Information Accessible through Design by Jan Gauguin.
One recent and five classic books about diagramming, the visual depiction of structures and processes that help us to understand and to interact with complex information. [Read More]

Practical Guidance at Every Level (Book Review)

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A review of Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set . . .Test! by Carol M. Barnum
Practical guidance for UX professionals at every experience level. From equipment, lab vs. field testing, remote testing; testing protocols, analyzing results, and reporting the findings. [Read More]

Making Everything Fit (Book Review)

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A review of Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte
Making a case and practical instruction for creating a design that scales based on platform. [Read More]

It’s Finally Here! A Book about User Experience Management (Book Review)

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A review of User Experience Management by Arnie Lund.
A must-read for anyone who is managing user experience teams, or someday aspires to do so, peppered with words of wisdom and advice from industry veterans. [Read More]

Graphic Design: Two Views
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A review of Graphic Design: A New History by Stephen J. Eskilson and Graphic Design Solutions by Robin Landa
Two books that make a significant contribution to understanding the history, breadth, and depth of the profession of graphic design. [Read More]

Another Research Tool (Book Review)

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A review of Search Analytics for Your Site by Louis Rosenfeld.
Insights about SSA in a practical, straightforward, and enjoyable, with real-world examples. [Read More]

A Book That Talks (Book Review)

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A review of Practical Speech User Interface Design by James R. Lewis. Recommended for students and seasoned practitioners with an interest in design of speech user interfaces. [Read More]

Book Review: Of Testing and Techniques

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A review of Beyond the Usability Lab: Conducting Large-Scale Online User Experience Studies by Bill Albert, Tom Tullis, Donna Tedesco. This book is well-structured for practitioners of remote usability testing. [Read More]

UX Storytelling (Book Review)

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A review of Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks and UX Storytellers: Connecting the Dots Edited by Jan Jursa, Stephen Köver, & Jutta Grünewald. A [Read More]

Book Review: Do’s and Don’ts of Information Graphics

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A review of The Wall Street Guide to Information Graphics: The Do's and Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures by Dona M. Wong. Guide to creating information graphics that are usable, useful, and appealing, especially in the business and advertising world. [Read More]

Shaker Design: Out of this World (Book Review)

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A review of several books on the Shakers, noting the ways in which they pioneered what we would call today “user-centered design.” [Read More]

Book Review: Providing Access for All

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This compendium provides intellectual tools for those active in changing the world by making products and services more available to all who could benefit from them. [Read More]

Book Review: Design Problems in Book Form

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This book was written for everyone, about everything, and it covers a wide range of topics but is skimpy on details and specific information. [Read More]

Deal Them Again: Card Sorting Revisited (Book Review)

A whole book on card sorting? This book is replete with solid advice, clearly written and illustrated, and well supported by case studies and examples. [Read More]

The Classy Classic: Designing the User Interface (Book Review)

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This updated edition of a text about designing user-interfaces is testament to the evolution of these and other related topics the past two decades. [Read More]

Formally Speaking: Two Guidebooks about Designing Forms

Two books about designing forms, similar in subject matter but contain different approaches to defining problems, providing solutions, and presenting their approach in book design storytelling. [Read More]