Book Reviews

May 8th, 2007

Zen and the Art of IA

Book Review of Designing the Obvious

Though Web 2.0 indicates promise for designing user experiences, Clifton Evans holds our feet to the fire of simplicity and draws us a map using Robert Hoekman’s excellent book as a guide.

May 8th, 2007

Everything and the Kitchen Sink:

Book Review of The Persona Lifecycle

Personas can be a great and powerful tool, but do we need a tome to learn to use them? Austin Govella dives into the deep end and gives us a glimpse into Pruit and Adlin’s expansive work.

Can project management be an art? Has Berkun truly created a jargon-free guide for the whole project team? Kalbach leads us through the high-level tasks and the major milestones of this new book, while keeping us on task.

With all the attention to usability over the last five years or so and the wonderful swelling of information-architecture-related books just since 2001, you would think we would have enough methods and advice to keep our projects in perfect tack. But so many of these resources, excellent though they are, tend to be more about how to pilot the ship than how to find that all-important star and keep it in sight.

Combine the probing thoughts of media culture sage Marshall McLuhan with the visual insights of design guru David Carson and the result is the quintessential coffee table book for anyone that works with technology and design.

Whether you have been paying attention or not we are living in an age of aesthetics. So says Virginia Postrel in her latest book, The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness. Postrel examines how the role of aesthetics and style are transforming our culture and economy in a variety of ways.

Boxes and Arrows contributing writer Steve MacLaughlin caught up with author Virginia Postrel to get her thoughts on the age of aesthetics and what it means for design professionals. Postrel’s new book, The Substance of Style, explores the economic, cultural, social, personal, and political implications of the growing importance of aesthetics in business and society.

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