So you want to become an interaction designer.
What books should you read? Well, in my opinion, in order of …
- Don’t make me think! (Steve Krug)
- About face 2.0 (latest edition) (Cooper) (or the more detailed Design for the digital age by Kim)
- The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines @ http://www.usability.gov/
- Prioritizing website usability (Jakob Nielsen)
- Elements of user experience (Jesse James Garret)
- Designing Interfaces (Jennifer Tidwell)
- Design of sites
- Information architecture (O’Reilley)
- Laws of simplicity (MIT)
- Art and science of website design (Jeffrey Veen)
- Principles of design
Check out what people are buying at Amazon.co.uk or what UxD experts recommend at http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/zeitgeist/
Other people’s book lists
Usability and Interface Design books, an article by Smashing Magazine
Professor of ID in Sweden @ http://webzone.k3.mah.se/k3jolo/idBookshelf/index.htm
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Articles on Smashing Magazine and UIE.com are very much worth a read, while LukeW and Nielsen’s Alertbox dive into more detail.
Also read the blogs on it by jesse james garett, Jared M Spool, Jakob Neilsen.
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