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Nick’s Top User Experience Books for 2014 Apr 17th, 2014

In 2009 I created a list of my Top User Experience Books, It was my own personal list of top UX books that have helped me along in my career as well as in recent days.  These books I have promoted in several of my presentations as well as to any colleagues who ask for such resources. The thing is, that list is now a bit dated and people always ask me the question, so, well, I have created an updated list.  New editions of books, new books, and so forth.  I hope you enjoy it.

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The Art of Data Visualization Sep 5th, 2013

A great short video from the Off Book series by PBS on the art of data visualization featuring interviews with Edward Tufte, Julie Steele, Josh Smith, and Jer Thorp.  I feel that data visualization is a discipline related to UX in that it bridges the gap between information design and content.  This video has some great tie-ins on this level and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have. (via Jon Fox)

If you liked this video I would highly recommend you check out the book Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts (Theory in Practice) by Noah Iliinsky & Julie Steele who is featured in this video.

Blue Sky Thinking Aug 6th, 2013

Tho I don’t condone unsolicited redesigns of popular sites, mostly because there is no context of the business needs and technical restrictions. Basically, anyone can design something amazing in a wide open sandbox. We call it blue sky thinking that can’t return to terra-forma.  That said, there are some impressive components found in Fred Nerby’s latest conceptual exploration of Twitter

One of my challenges to Fred is the technical feasibility of some of these designs and interactions given the current platforms that Twitter operates on (namely desktop web, mobile web, native mobile, and tablet). Some of these patterns will not translate well on these other platforms, some of them couldn’t conform to the design guidelines and technical requirements of these platforms.  It’s good to do some blue sky thinking every once in a while, but it needs to be grounded on the premise of design requirements and what can be implementable… otherwise it’s just art for art’s sake.

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