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Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf

Lean UX - Applying Lean Principles to Improve User ExperienceLean UX is a well written and concrete book on how to apply Lean principles to UX. It describes a process where UX can be an integrated part of Agile Development and where developers, designers, testers and business people can all learn how to play well together.

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Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte

As one who performs presentations on a regular basis it’s interesting to read books on presentation techniques. Slideology is one such book and it’s been widely praised, so I was very keen on reading it to see what the fuzz was about.

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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery by Theresa Neil

Therese Neil has compiled an impressing collection of current Mobile UI’s in this book. It serves both as an inspiring read and as a go to reference when designing Mobile User Interfaces.

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The Little Book on CoffeeScript by Alex MacCaw

This book is a great introduction to the beautiful pseudo JavaScript language CoffeeScript. It’s written by Alex MacCaw that is also the author of JavaScript Web Applications, a book I reviewed a few month ago.

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JavaScript Web Applications by Alex MacCaw

JavaScript Web Applications is not a book for beginners. In fact, you need to have been doing a fair share of JavaScript development to benefit from it. But if you do, It’s indispensable! Because this is finally a book that’s showing how to structure your application in a way that keeps you sane as the application grows.

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Designing for Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski

In this video master class, author and co-founder of Bagcheck, Luke Wroblewski describes the mobile landscape and why we should use a Mobile First approach. I will tell you why you should watch this video and what Mobile First really means.

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Search Analytics for Your Site by Louis Rosenfeld

Search Analytics for Your Site is a great book that will teach you how to make the most of the searches people make on your site. Lou Rosenfeld has done a tremendous job describing how to approach this rich source of information about your users, and come out with valuable insights that will help improve your web site or Intranet.

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jQuery Mobile by Jon Reid

jQuery Mobile is a brief introduction to the Alpha 4 release of the mobile version of the popular JavaScript Framework. It’s written by Jon Reid, senior developer at EffectiveUI, who’s done an excellent job of describing the ins and out of it.

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4 Books on UX that I’ve read recently

I’ve recently read a few books on User Experience design and this is a run down of them.

Although they’re all about UX Design, they’re still very different in their approach to the subject. I list them here, from the most practical to the most theoretical.

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Designing with the mind in mind

Designing with the mind in mind is an excellent book that reveals the facts and neurological research behind common design principles. In this review I will tell you why you should read this book.

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A Project Guide to UX Design

Just like the subtitle: “For User Experience Designers in the field or in the making”, implies this is a book for persons that are not yet experts in the UX field. It’s a wonderful read and really gives a great overview of the UX design role in modern web site development.

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Rocket Surgery Made Easy

This latest book from Steve Krug is a terrific read and a great companion book to his legendary and highly successful book, Don’t make me think. Where Don’t make me think focus on design and the ifs and whys of usability testing, Rocket Surgery Made Easy focuses on how to actually conduct usability test and what to do with the results.

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Handcrafted CSS

Handcrafted CSSDan Cederholms latest book Handcrafted CSS with the subtitle: More Bulletproof Web Design, is an enjoyable read and delivers some interesting advice on how to leverage your designs with the power of CSS3.

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Designing Web Interfaces

Designing Web Interfaces is a book about how to design rich interactions within web pages. In todays web with richer user interfaces, far from the static, full page load web applications we were once used to. We need patterns, guidelines and best practices on how to design those Interfaces to work well. This book is about just that.

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Forms that Work

Forms that Work is a book on how to design web forms properly. Some time ago I reviewed a similar book, Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski, which deals with the same subject. I then thought that this was a very narrow scope for a book, but perhaps it was not since this book was published shortly after.

No doubt web forms are all around us, so the need for knowledge and skill to design them well should be great. I certainly can’t seem to get enough of these books. Continue reading

The Design of Future Things [Book review]

The Design of Future ThingsI’ve read a few books by Don Norman before and they have all been a great source of inspiration and full of “Aha” moments. This book doesn’t quite reach that same level, but I still find it an interesting read.

The book is basically about how to design intelligent things. Some call it ambient computing others discrete computing, but it’s all about the pitfalls and principles when we try to add intelligence to our daily objects.

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Website Optimization [Book Review]

Website OptimizationBack in 2003 Andy King published his first book: Speed Up Your Site. It was my first encounter with optimization of HTML and CSS, something that in recent years have been recognized as an important field by, among others, the YUI team. Now in 2008 Andy is back with a new book, but this time with a much broader scope. Website Optimization is not just about speeding up your site, it’s about optimizing it in several different areas. Everything from Search Engine Optimization and Creating the perfect USP to Optimizing page load times and measuring performance is covered.

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Spotify is right on the spot

SpotifyI’ve been using the beta web service Spotify for a couple of months now. And I must say that I’m really impressed. I would almost go as far as to say it’s the best piece of software I have ever used.

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Web Form Design [Book review]

This book has a very narrow scope. It’s all about how to design web forms. And when you think about it, why not. Most interactions with websites and web application happens through the use of web forms so why not make sure to design them as effectively as possible.

Studies have shown that completion rates of forms can be increased by 10-40 percent by designing them using best practices. If the form is the check-out form on an e-commerce site you can easily see that this potentially can be a good investment.

Luke makes the observation that most forms suck. Therefor it should be every designers mission to make them suck less. Exactly how to do this is explained in great detail throughout the book.

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First impressions of Firefox 3

Mozilla has just released the much anticipated version 3 of their popular web browser, Firefox (june 17 2008). In this article I will summarize my first impressions and highlight some of the new features and improvements.
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Designing the Moment [Book review]

Designing the Moment

Robert Hoekman Jr, the author of Designing the Obvious, has written yet another book on interaction design, Designing the Moment. This time he get’s down and dirty with the nitty gritty details of web- and interaction design. In this book he uses a variety of real-world examples to describe, in great detail, how and why to design all the small details of navigation, forms, video interfaces, tag clouds and more.

I had high expectations on this book since I really liked Designing the Obvious. And I have to say that it met my expectations. It’s fun to read and provides lots of interesting examples on great interaction design.

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When software ruins great products

I got a small mp3 player as a gift this Christmas. It’s a Sony Walkman NW-E003 and it’s really good. It has great sound, it’s easy to slip inside your pocket, it has long battery time and is easy to operate. The downside is that the software that comes along with it, SonicStage, is really bad. Although I feel that Itunes is somtimes a little quirky to use, it’s nothing compared to SonicStage.

Sony Walkman NW-E003

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