2011-02-19

Social Bookmarking UX Links

In order to keep track of all the interesting links and information on user-experience design & usability that I come across while surfing through the depths of the Internet I decided to start Social Bookmarking my findings. Since del.icio.us is might not be there for much longer I decided to start bookmarking my UX related information on another social bookmarking platform. Mister Wong seems to be a good alternative as it offers individualized user profiles and also has a group feature. My UX based account is called User Experience Design and can be found at: http://www.mister-wong.de/user/userexperiencedesign/.
Because the social feature in del.icio.us that allows for bookmarks to make use of other user's tags is really helpful when adding new bookmarks into the system, I will also remain my del.icio.us account alive (available at http://www.delicious.com/steve_stein/ux) - as long as Yahoo! allows me to.

2009-12-08

(Free) E-Books on User-Experience (UX) Design

I have come across a wonderful webpage that compiled a list of great resources for free E-Books. Going through the contents of the various platforms I discovered some interesting publications in the area of User-Experience (UX) Design which i want to quickly outline in the following.
The various books are arranged according three sub sections: UX, Usability and Accessibility. I also made available the full list of all books on the topic of User-Expeperience (UX) Design as an Amazon List.

User Experience (UX):


Author(s): Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler
Publisher: PEACHPIT PRESS
Date : 2009
Pages : 289
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0321607376

“If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you. " -- Chris Bernard, User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft

User experience design is the discipline of creating a useful and usable Web site or application—one that’s easily navigated and meets the needs of both the site owner and its users. But there’s a lot more to successful UX design than knowing the latest Web technologies or design trends: It takes diplomacy, project management skills, and business savvy. That’s where this book comes in. Authors Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler show you how to integrate UX principles into your project from start to finish.

• Understand the various roles in UX design, identify stakeholders, and enlist their support
• Obtain consensus from your team on project objectives
• Define the scope of your project and avoid mission creep
• Conduct user research and document your findings
• Understand and communicate user behavior with personas
• Design and prototype your application or site
• Make your product findable with search engine optimization
• Plan for development, product rollout, and ongoing quality assurance


Author(s): -
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
Date : 2009
Pages : 128
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 184150209X
ISBN-13 : 9781841502090

Although the dot-com bubble burst long ago, the interactive media industry is still flush with fresh talent, new ideas, and financial success. Digital Experience Design chronicles the diverse histories and perspectives of people working in the dot-com world alongside an account of the current issues facing the industry. From the perspective of older disciplines such as education, fine art, and cinema, this volume investigates how dot-com practitioners balance the science of usability with abstract factors such as the emotional response design can provoke. With in-depth discussion of screen-based design and e-learning, this volume is essential for industry professionals and students alike.


Author(s): Bill Scott
Publisher: O'Reilly
Date : 2009
Pages : 332
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0596516258

Want to learn how to create great user experiences on today's Web? In this book, UI experts Bill Scott and Theresa Neil present more than 75 design patterns for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction. Distilled from the authors' years of experience at Sabre, Yahoo!, and Netflix, these best practices are grouped into six key principles to help you take advantage of the web technologies available today. With an entire section devoted to each design principle, Designing Web Interfaces helps you:

* Make It Direct-Edit content in context with design patterns for In Page Editing, Drag & Drop, and Direct Selection
* Keep It Lightweight-Reduce the effort required to interact with a site by using In Context Tools to leave a "light footprint"
* Stay on the Page-Keep visitors on a page with overlays, inlays, dynamic content, and in-page flow patterns
* Provide an Invitation-Help visitors discover site features with invitations that cue them to the next level of interaction
* Use Transitions-Learn when, why, and how to use animations, cinematic effects, and other transitions
* React Immediately-Provide a rich experience by using lively responses such as Live Search, Live Suggest, Live Previews, and more

Designing Web Interfaces illustrates many patterns with examples from working websites. If you need to build or renovate a website to be truly interactive, this book gives you the principles for success.

About the Author
Bill Scott is director of UI Engineering at Netflix in Los Gatos, CA, where he plies his interface engineering and design skills. Scott is the former Yahoo! Ajax evangelist and pattern curator for the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library.

He has a long and glamorous history in the IT world, due mostly to his unique understanding of both the technical and creative aspects of designing usable products. His ramblings and musings can be found at www.looksgoodworkswell.com.

Theresa Neil is a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas, where she designs rich applications for start-ups and Fortune500 companies. Her work can be seen at www.designgenie.org.

* Paperback: 332 pages
* Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc. (30 Jan 2009)
* Language English
* ISBN-10: 0596516258
* ISBN-13: 978-0596516253


Usability:


Author(s): Jeffrey Rubin
Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition
Date : May 12, 2008
Pages : 348
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0470185481

Whether its software, a cell phone, or a refrigerator, your customer wantsno, expectsyour product to be easy to use. This fully revised handbook provides clear, step-by-step guidelines to help you test your product for usability. Completely updated with current industry best practices, it can give you that all-important marketplace advantage: products that perform the way users expect. Youll learn to recognize factors that limit usability, decide where testing should occur, set up a test plan to assess goals for your products usability, and more.


Author(s): Tom Brinck,Darren Gergle, Scott D. Wood
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Date : October 29, 2001
Pages : 432
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1558606580
ISBN-13 : 9781558606586

Every stage in the design of a new web site is an opportunity to meet or miss deadlines and budgetary goals. Every stage is an opportunity to boost or undercut the site's usability.

This book tells you how to design usable web sites in a systematic process applicable to almost any business need. You get practical advice on managing the project and incorporating usability principles from the project's inception. This systematic usability process for web design has been developed by the authors and proven again and again in their own successful businesses.

A beacon in a sea of web design titles, this book treats web site usability as a preeminent, practical, and realizable business goal, not a buzzword or abstraction. The book is written for web designers and web project managers seeking a balance between usability goals and business concerns.

* Examines the entire spectrum of usability issues, including architecture, navigation, graphical presentation, and page structure.
* Explains clearly the steps relevant to incorporating usability into every stage of the web development process, from requirements to tasks analysis, prototyping and mockups, to user testing, revision, and even postlaunch evaluations.
* Includes forms, checklists, and practical techniques that you can easily incorporate into your own projects at http://www.mkp.com/uew/.

From the Back Cover

Every stage in the design of a new web site is an opportunity to meet or miss deadlines and budgetary goals. Every stage is an opportunity to boost or undercut the site's usability.

This book tells you how to design usable web sites in a systematic process applicable to almost any business need. You get practical advice on managing the project and incorporating usability principles from the project's inception. This systematic usability process for web design has been developed by the authors and proven again and again in their own successful businesses.

A beacon in a sea of web design titles, this book treats web site usability as a preeminent, practical, and realizable business goal, not a buzzword or abstraction. The book is written for web designers and web project managers seeking a balance between usability goals and business concerns.

Features

* Examines the entire spectrum of usability issues, including architecture, navigation, graphical presentation, and page structure.
* Explains clearly the steps relevant to incorporating usability into every stage of the web development process, from requirements to tasks analysis, prototyping and mockups, to user testing, revision, and even postlaunch evaluations.
* Includes forms, checklists, and practical techniques that you can easily incorporate into your own projects.

About the Author
Tom Brinck is chief usability officer at Diamond Bullet Design, a firm specializing in web site design and usability consulting. Tom has M.S. degrees in computer science and cognitive psychology from Stanford University and the University of Michigan. He has done user interface research at Apple Computer, Toshiba, and Bellcore and is currently an adjunct faculty member at University of Michigan's School of Information.

Darren Gergle is a Ph.D. student in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Before beginning his graduate work, he was lead designer at Diamond Bullet Design.

Scott D. Wood is a senior scientist at Soar Technology, an R&D company focused on cognitive modeling, AI, and information visualization. He has more than ten years experience in software development, e-business consulting, cognitive modeling, and HCI. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.


Author(s): James Kalbach
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Date : 2007
Pages : 456
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0596528108

Thoroughly rewritten for today's web environment, this bestselling book offers a fresh look at a fundamental topic of web site development: navigation design. Amid all the changes to the Web in the past decade, and all the hype about Web 2.0 and various "rich" interactive technologies, the basic problems of creating a good web navigation system remain. Designing Web Navigation demonstrates that good navigation is not about technology-it's about the ways people find information, and how you guide them.

Ideal for beginning to intermediate web designers, managers, other non-designers, and web development pros looking for another perspective, Designing Web Navigation offers basic design principles, development techniques and practical advice, with real-world examples and essential concepts seamlessly folded in. How does your web site serve your business objectives? How does it meet a user's needs? You'll learn that navigation design touches most other aspects of web site development. This book:

* Provides the foundations of web navigation and offers a framework for navigation design
* Paints a broad picture of web navigation and basic human information behavior
* Demonstrates how navigation reflects brand and affects site credibility
* Helps you understand the problem you're trying to solve before you set out to design
* Thoroughly reviews the mechanisms and different types of navigation
* Explores "information scent" and "information shape"
* Explains "persuasive" architecture and other design concepts
* Covers special contexts, such as navigation design for web applications
* Includes an entire chapter on tagging

While Designing Web Navigation focuses on creating navigation systems for large, information-rich sites serving a business purpose, the principles and techniques in the book also apply to small sites. Well researched and cited, this book serves as an excellent reference on the topic, as well as a superb teaching guide. Each chapter ends with suggested reading and a set of questions that offer exercises for experiencing the concepts in action.

Accessibility:


Author(s): Microsoft Corporation
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Date : June 10, 2009
Pages : 144
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0735626804
ISBN-13 : 9780735626805

Discover how to create accessible Web sites and software by planning for accessibility from the beginning of the development cycle-with design guidelines straight from Microsoft. This guide walks you through the process of reviewing the specification to create an accessible tree and identify keyboard navigation requirements. Learn to use the tree to determine where to apply common controls and when to create custom controls. Decide how to code controls and estimate implementation time for product development. And familiarize yourself with the basics of accessibility, including color contrast, font size, the handling of images, and systemwide settings.

Are you an engineer who wants to integrate and innovate accessible products? Learn how to plan for accessibility through the traditional software development lifecycle. Program managers, or those overseeing the development of an accessible product, will also find this book helpful in understanding how accessibility integrates at each stage of the software development cycle. This book will help you to:

* Understand the basics of accessibility, UI Automation, and how it applies to your product
* Create your specifications to ensure that you are meeting common accessibility requirements
* Determine when to utilize common controls and platform resources and how to make custom controls accessible

2009-11-05

Research Papers and Scientic Articles about Information Representation

Research Papers and Scientic Articles about Information Representation/Visualization collected by Steve Stein, M.Sc. using Mendeley.

When it comes to organizing research papers and other scientific articles the research network Mendeley is a great tool to do so. The platform offers a easy to use desktop client to manage all documents and papers online and offline and share them with others or make collections available to other users.

Those public or shared collections provide an easy way to collaborate on a topic by allowing others to upload documents into shared collections or by allowing students to access for example resources and required reading material online.

Here is my public collection on Information Representation/Visualization, filled with papers and articles that investigate the topic from different perspectives. Besides the pure references you will also be able to find download links to the document and additional information such as keywords, authors, tags and the abstract of the papers.

If your browser does not support iframes you can access the Information Representation/Visualization directly over http://www.mendeley.com/collections/40745/Information-Representation/.



Check out more of Steve Stein's Public Research Paper collections from other areas of Information Architecture, including Social Network Analysis or Search Engine Engineering.


Library management

2009-11-03

About User Experience (UX) Design Blog

Hello,

I am Steve Stein, M.Sc. in Digital Media and Diploma Computer Scientist (Media Informatics). My special interest is "Information Architecture (IA)"and I am active in this area for about 10 years now. Besides my Master Thesis about handling Information in the Information Age and my earlier Diploma Thesis about Information Usability and Accessibility I am lately exploring the area of User Experience (UX) Design as well as Semantic Web (Web 3.0) Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Search Engine Engineering (SEE).

With this Blog I just started combining my various scientific profiles, research resources and useful presentations/documents for the area of "User Experience (UX) Design" under the hood of a blog. This should help to keep up with my different shared articles, tweets and social links in the area of "Information Architecture (IA)".

I hope you will find some interesting resources on these pages and I would be happy about any comments, feedback or hints about new and exciting developments.

Best,
Steve Stein

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