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The web & mobile product designer’s holiday wish list

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If you’re a UI designer who wants to sharpen your craft, but you aren’t able to get involved with our Apprenticeship in User Experience, we’ve put together a list of key readings that we gave our apprentices during the program. Covering a broad range of topics, these books and articles belong on the reading list of anyone who is serious about building web and mobile products.

 

Topic: The Business of Design

 

Topic: The Design Process

 

Topic: Building Intuitive and Engaging Products

 

Topic: Typography on the Web

 

Topic: Mobile & Cross-Context Design

 

Topic: The Behavior Layer

 

There are also a couple of books that don’t fit as neatly into the topics above:

  • Cooper, Reimann & Cronin’s About Face 3 is a beastly reference text longer than a late Harry Potter novel. It sometimes seems to have all the answers on designing interactive experiences.
  • Don Norman’s Design of Everyday Things is a pleasurable (if somewhat directionless) romp through the world of “interface design” (with “interface” broadly defined to mean everything from car dashboards to teapot handles). It’s a great read for a broad range of experience levels, and contains some good reminders of why user-centered design is so important.

 

You’ll notice a heavy A List Apart bias to our reading list. What can we say? Zeldman runs a great show. Other industry blogs on which we had the apprentices stay current were:

 

Anything we missed? Self-promotional book/blog plug? Let’s see it in the comments!

Author Geordie Kaytes

An artist at heart, Geordie brings his infectious, enthusiastic spirit to every project. He specializes in product and service design and also brings a wealth of experience in new product launch strategy, market research, and process design.

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