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Brand Gap, The: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
Brand Gap, The: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
by Marty Neumeier
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 4.82

5.0 out of 5 stars coudn't put this book down....., Nov. 24 2003
I can't believe how informative this book is.....
Short and very easy to read....it's one of the few books that I read in a day. Very useful...with amazing examples from author's working experience.
I highly recommend this books to product managers, marketing managers, brand managers, product designers, usability specialists, and etc......
It's in my bookshelf right now.

Universal Principles of Design
Universal Principles of Design
by William Lidwell
Edition: Hardcover
13 used & new from CDN$ 70.06

5.0 out of 5 stars great practical guide to user experience design, Nov. 24 2003
First, I wasn't sure if I should buy this book, but after reading half the book at the bookstore, I am convinced this is one of the best a-z guide on user experience/desireability/usability......
very well written and easy to read....with great examples!
I recommend this book to people in design or design related field.....

The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
by Jesse James Garrett
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 3.11

3.0 out of 5 stars If you have limited budget, skip it., Jan. 6 2003
Ok, tons of books on user experience, UI desing, IA, etc....
So if you have limited budget, then I suggest trying out some
other books.
It has some interesting and useful stuff.
Book is tries to be "theoretical", but it doesn't quite work.

Design of Sites, The: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Design of Sites, The: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
by Douglas K. van Duyne
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 82.99
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars It should really be called "patterns in website design", Jan. 6 2003
I read 80% of this book first day. Then you have to
go back couple of times. The book is organized in a interesting
way, so it was kind of interactive experience :).
Authors have lot of examples. Two of the authors are from academia with some industry experince. So you get best of both worlds.
It's not entirely "practical" or "theoretical".
You get a introduction to "patterns 101" using web design practices as example.
Don't let the "title" of book fool, it covers very interesting/important topic
that most non-computer science/engineer get never exposed to.

Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
by Christina Wodtke
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.45
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars great IA book that's useful, Jan. 6 2003
I have to say, this was one of the few books that can be
used out of the box. Like the book said, this book may not
be too useful for experienced information architects/UI desingers, but you may still learn some new tricks.
There are lot of IA/user experience books for the websites out
there, and you may spend lot of money....but if you could
only afford few books and you are a practicing IA or desinger,
new to this field then read this book couple of times.

Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications
Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications
by Bob Baxley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.61
18 used & new from CDN$ 3.66

5.0 out of 5 stars good resource for web application designers, Jan. 6 2003
I want to thank Bob for writing this book.
Although there are tons books written about "web site" design,
there are virtually no books written specifically for designing
user interface for web applications.
As a practicing UI engineer/designer for over 5 years, focusing on web applications,
I still learned lot of useful approaches to dealing with common "road blocks" from this book.
But, what I liked best about this book was the fact that
Bob validated lot of web application UI best practices that
some of us knew for some time. But due to various reasons,
it wasn't widely publicized for the masses.
For those new to desiging UI for softwares or web applications,
read this book to get familiar with recommended approaches.
Then talk with your stake holders and clients to decide
best approaches for your own project.

Designing for the User with Ovid: Object-Oriented User Interface Development
Designing for the User with Ovid: Object-Oriented User Interface Development
by Dave Roberts
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars typical ibm book, Jan. 24 2002
Let's just say if you have lot of time, you can try using method described in the book. But for lot of people in business of delivering the products in time, this may not be a good book to get influence from. There are some interesting examples in there that may be useful, but using as a reference....hmmmm.....think twice. There was an article published in ACM Interactions magazine while ago where they reviewed using OVID method, and they also came into same conclusion: high learning curve and implementation time was too long.
Book itself was simple to read, well at least for me. There are lot of examples, but I found them inconsistent. You may want to try IBM's website to get more information on OVID if you don't want to buy the book.

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