Oh how I wish someone would build this.
via Wired Design
From time to time, people will ask if I recommend any books or sites on the subject of user experience. At some point, I thought it would be a good idea to catalog some of my favorites. Embarrassingly, I think that point was a few years ago–better late than never.
Behold, the UX Bookshelf. The list is short, and not very well organized right now, but it’s a start.
If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments here.
It’s easy to talk about putting the user at the center of an organization’s processes, but much harder ensure that the user experience is taken into consideration when decisions are made throughout the organization. It’s not unusual to hear about the need to “delight the user” at the same time the user experience of a product or service is being gutted to meet some corporate goal or ridiculous constraint.
The likelihood of providing a good user experience has a lot to do with an organization’s UX maturity. Those familiar with CMM, will notice some parallels to the Keikendo Maturity Model mentioned in the above article. Especially the fact that an organization can’t skip steps overnight:
Maturity progresses one level at a time…they won’t be able to skip ahead…
It’s worth taking a look at where your organization falls within this maturity model. It will likely show some areas where your UX team can help lead the organization to the next level.
I love this lego calendar created by vitamins design. Not only is it a great way to plan and manage a team’s work in the studio, but it’s synchronized with their electronic calendar–so they can all see it while traveling. Their video explains more about how the calendar works and the design process behind it.
Cennydd Bowles asks why designers don’t take Android seriously and takes a hard look at two of the most typical answers to that question.
Android adoption is skyrocketing worldwide, and I agree with Cennydd that it is going to dominate for the next 5 or 10 years. So, we certainly can’t ignore it as a platform that requires quality design.