Tuesday, June 06, 2006


User Interface Design Books

A while ago on the Stanski ausdotnet list, someone posted a question asking for book recommendations on User Interface design. Here's my recommended list in no particular order:

The Design of Everyday Things : excellent common sense reference, great for getting into the mindset of good design, especially the ideas of visual clues (like push door with plate, pull door with handle - reminds me of that Farside cartoon of the "school for the gifted"!)

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability : Great for web, equally applicable to windows. Short, easy read, but valuable. A little gem of a book. If you design web sites, this is required reading.

About Face 2.0 and The Inmates are running the Asylum both by Alan Cooper: I would highly recommended "Inmates", which discusses some real world examples of usability, and is a highly enjoyable read. You probably won't agree with everything (I didn't), but it gets you thinking...

Joels Spolsky's book User Interface Design for Programmers (most of which (if not all) is available free on his web site Joel on Software)


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