Book Reviews

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

Mobile First – The Book

The digital landscape is moving fast. Content consumption is shifting its pattern and mobile devices are taking a bigger chunk of the pie on daily basis. And in the mobile design world, Luke Wroblewski is one of the world’s most renowned authorities. He speaks publicly, blogs and writes often to share his knowledge on designing for mobile.

And his book “Mobile first” (part of the A Book Apart series) is exactly that – sharing amassed experience.  Luke Wroblewski points out a few considerations everyone involved or planning a mobile design should pay attention to. The book is more of a strategic guide than an extensive how-to such. Nevertheless, it has many examples, aiming to create shared reference and serve as a starting point in the mobile design.
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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 a 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 experience in a time that PCs get effectively replaced by mobile computing in everyday life. Read More…

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