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Jared Spool is an American writer, researcher, speaker, educator, and an expert on the subjects of usability, software, design, and research.
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The Non-Designer's Design Book
Robin Williams - 2014-11-29 (first published in 2011)
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For nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles. Now in its fo...
Jared Spool
2022-05-29T12:45:45.000Z
@sarah_edo @WickyNilliams @JorgeBenevides7 @AdamRackis @KristyT @ChiaraAliotta @kylietimpani @berkun If you are primarily interested in visual design or graphic design, Robin Williams’s The Non-Designer Design Book is a great introduction. Non-Designer's Design Book, The      source
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Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro
Mike Monteiro - 2012-01-01
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Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know....
Jared Spool
2022-04-29T21:35:20.000Z
This book was a huge influence for a lot of folks. It's the best book about being a professional designer out there. Even more relevant today than when it came out.      source
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Daniel Burka
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Designing Interface Animation
Meaningful Motion for User Experience
Val Head - 2016-07-26
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Effective interface animation deftly combines form and function to improve feedback, aid in orientation, direct attention, show causality, and express your brand’s personality. Designing Interface Animation shows you how to create web animation that balances purpose and style while blending seamlessly into the user’s experience. This book is a cras...
Jared Spool
2021-02-03T16:45:38.000Z
@usiriczman The first ones that come to mind are: @danachis’s Handbook of Usability Testing @indiyoung’s books on Mental Models and Empathy @kimgoodwin’s Design for the Digital Age @leahbuley’s UX Team of One @vlh’s book on Animation There are so many others, it would be hard to list all.      source
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Practical Empathy
For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work
Indi Young - 2015-01-16
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Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you to understand their thinking patterns and perspectives. Practical Empathy will show you how to gather and compare these patterns to make better decisions, improve your strategy, and collaborate successfully....
Jared Spool
2021-02-03T16:45:38.000Z
@usiriczman The first ones that come to mind are: @danachis’s Handbook of Usability Testing @indiyoung’s books on Mental Models and Empathy @kimgoodwin’s Design for the Digital Age @leahbuley’s UX Team of One @vlh’s book on Animation There are so many others, it would be hard to list all.      source
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The User Experience Team of One
A Research and Design Survival Guide
Leah Buley - 2013-07-09
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The User Experience Team of One prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables. Whether you want to cross over into user experience or you're a seasoned practitioner trying to drag your organization forward, this book gives you tools and insight for doing more...
Jared Spool
2021-02-03T16:45:38.000Z
@usiriczman The first ones that come to mind are: @danachis’s Handbook of Usability Testing @indiyoung’s books on Mental Models and Empathy @kimgoodwin’s Design for the Digital Age @leahbuley’s UX Team of One @vlh’s book on Animation There are so many others, it would be hard to list all.      source
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Designing for the Digital Age
How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services
Kim Goodwin - 2009-03-02
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Whether you're designing consumer electronics, medical devices, enterprise Web apps, or new ways to check out at the supermarket, today's digitally-enabled products and services provide both great opportunities to deliver compelling user experiences and great risks of driving your customers crazy with complicated, confusing technology. Designing su...
Jared Spool
2021-02-03T16:45:38.000Z
@usiriczman The first ones that come to mind are: @danachis’s Handbook of Usability Testing @indiyoung’s books on Mental Models and Empathy @kimgoodwin’s Design for the Digital Age @leahbuley’s UX Team of One @vlh’s book on Animation There are so many others, it would be hard to list all.      source
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Erika Hall
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Handbook of Usability Testing
How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests
Jeffrey Rubin - 2008-05-12 (first published in 1994)
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Whether it's software, a cell phone, or a refrigerator, your customer wants - no, expects - your product to be easy to use. This fully revised handbook provides clear, step-by-step guidelines to help you test your product for usability. Completely updated with current industry best practices, it can give you that all-important marketplace advantage...
Jared Spool
2021-02-03T16:45:38.000Z
@usiriczman The first ones that come to mind are: @danachis’s Handbook of Usability Testing @indiyoung’s books on Mental Models and Empathy @kimgoodwin’s Design for the Digital Age @leahbuley’s UX Team of One @vlh’s book on Animation There are so many others, it would be hard to list all.      source
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Mental Models
Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
Indi Young - 2008-02-15
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There is no single methodology for creating the perfect product--but you can increase your odds. One of the best ways is to understand users' reasons for doing things. Mental Models gives you the tools to help you grasp, and design for, those reasons. Adaptive Path co-founder Indi Young has written a roll-up-your-sleeves book for designers, manager...
Jared Spool
2021-02-03T16:45:38.000Z
@usiriczman The first ones that come to mind are: @danachis’s Handbook of Usability Testing @indiyoung’s books on Mental Models and Empathy @kimgoodwin’s Design for the Digital Age @leahbuley’s UX Team of One @vlh’s book on Animation There are so many others, it would be hard to list all.      source
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Mapping Experiences
A Complete Guide to Creating Value through Journeys, Blueprints, and Diagrams
James Kalbach - 2016-05-09 (first published in 2015)
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Customers who have inconsistent, broken experiences with products and services are understandably frustrated. But it's worse when people inside these companies can't pinpoint the problem because they're too focused on business processes. This practical book shows your company how to use alignment diagrams to turn valuable customer observations into...
Jared Spool
2020-09-21T20:36:00.000Z
@ianjmacintosh I highly recommend @JimKalbach’s Mapping Experiences book.      source
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Kirk Borne
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Married to the Brand
Why Consumers Bond with Some Brands for Life
William J. McEwen - 2005-11-01
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Packed with stories and compelling discoveries from an impressive worldwide consumer database, Married to the Brand reveals why consumers bond with some brands — but not others. Looking through the all-important eyes of the consumer, it shows what companies must do to build enduring and profitable brand relationships.Companies spend millions of dol...
Jared Spool
2020-07-30T00:27:24.000Z
@mokemonster What I recommend is you read Gallup’s book, Married to the Brand, which discusses the instrument and how they made it. (Sauro didn’t do that, so he just made up how he thought it was used.) If you still have questions, I’d be happy to get on a call and talk about it.      source
Orchestrating Experiences by Chris Risdon
Interviewing Users by Steve Portigal
First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham