Book Reviews

Short reviews of books I read and I found interesting or not.

Usable Usability – The Book

"Usable Usability" by Eric Reiss

“Usable Usability” by Eric Reiss

Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better by Eric Reiss

Eric Reiss has a bunch of stories to tell – all interesting and offering something to learn from. He has been meddling with usability for so long that each and every one of the stories he tells has a spice of it.

“Usable Usability” has a story and stories. It is a guide through experience in combination of shared reference, something that we (the readers) understand, but not necessarily made a mental note when we encountered the same situation. I regard Eric’s new book as a wake-up call.
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Pervasive Information Architecture – The Book

Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences

Pervasive Information Architecture

“Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences” by Andrea Resmini and Luca Rosati

Andrea Resmini and Luca Rosati’s book was long waiting for me to get to it. In fact, I found myself a bit ashamed that it took me so long to start reading it. Once I flipped through the first few pages, I realized that I should have read it as soon as it landed on my desk…

This book is just as much about the digital world as it is about the offline one. It is a combination of both. And to be exact it is about their intersection – that thing that makes the user experience a fluid that flows between the 0 & 1 and the touch-and-feel aspects of our lives. It is about designing for a homogeneous experiences in a time that PCs get effectively replaced by mobile computing in the everyday life. Read More…

Letting Go Of The Words – The Book

Letting Go Of The Words

Letting Go Of The Words

Letting Go Of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works by Janice (Ginny) Redish

The Internet of things is about creating a moment for the site visitor. And although there is plenty of content made available and businesses existing strictly online, the creation of moments for the users remains a problem for many online marketers.

Janice Redish is facing exactly this creation of moments for the users online in her “Letting fo Of Words” book. And she does that with such a finesse, ease and simplicity, that one can only be wondering why so many websites are getting it wrong.

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