March 30th, 2003

IA Summit 2003 Wrapup Part 2

Despite the beginning of a war and major roads shut down by war protesters, folks managed to gather from around the world to rub elbows with their own kind—just the thing for a conference with the theme “Making Connections”. Check out the events from Sunday, March 23.

“Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications” is a well-written, meaty book on the entire process of designing interactive websites from a user interface perspective. Those new to the field of user-centered design will find it most useful; intermediate or advanced practitioners looking for in-depth information specific to web applications may want to look elsewhere.

October 21st, 2002

The Elements of User Experience

Jesse James Garrett’s “The Elements of User Experience” is a concise yet meaty exploration of the many roles and disciplines that combine to create effective websites. By advocating a balanced blend of usability, creativity, and business sensibility, this text is a worthwhile introduction—or re-introduction—to the process of creating successful user experiences.

“Small Pieces Loosely Joined” is touted on the cover as “A Unified Theory of the Web.” But its author, David Weinberger, knows better. And he says as much in the book. It’s a unified theory, but not the kind you sum up in a tidy little equation.

August 12th, 2002

UPA 2002 – Humanizing Design

The Usability Professionals Association (UPA) 2002 Annual Conference was held July 8-12 in Orlando, Florida. Three attendees from the UPA-MN chapter in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area cover some of the sessions they found most notable during the 5-day conference.

Meeting last weekend in Las Vegas, the city of designed experiences, the AIGA Experience Design group came together to discuss how Experience Design can be better integrated into business and how the practice has evolved and adapted over the last year.

“Experience design” doesn’t just apply to online design. Paco Underhill’s “Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping” explores customer experience and consumer behavior as they affect retail and offline environments and in turn provides dozens of lessons for those in web development.

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