25 Excellent Usability/UX Articles and Resources
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Today I thought I’d share some of the most valuable usability and user experience articles and resources I know, in a somewhat wild mix. Since there’s presumably enough to read and talk about later, please welcome a few great articles and research papers you hopefully enjoy as much as I do:
- Apple: User Experience Guides
- Calabria: An Introduction to Personas and How to Create Them
- Cameron: Why People Don’t Read Online and What to Do About It
- Crescimanno: Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist
- Garrett: The Elements of User Experience (PDF, 17 KB)
- Hadley: Clean, Cutting-Edge UI Design Cuts McAfee’s Support Calls by 90%
- Hawdale: The Vision of Good User Experience (PDF, 1,115 KB)
- Knemeyer: Completely Rethinking the Web
- Merholz: The Lure of the Single Click
- Merholz: User Experience Is a Quality, Not a Discipline
- Morville: User Experience Design
- Perfetti: Reassuring Users with Inukshuk Content
- Tullis et al.: A Study of Website Navigation Methods
- Usability.gov: Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines (PDF, 161,101 KB)
- UsabilityNet: International Standards for HCI and Usability
- Wroblewski: The Sweet Spot for Buying
- W3C WAI: Notes on User Centered Design Process (UCD)
- WebSiteOptimization.com: Clickstream Study Reveals Dynamic Web
In case you miss people, organizations, or other things concerning the above topics, here are a few more excellent sites where you’ll find interesting material and good advice:
- Cooper, Alan
- Human Factors International
- Hurst, Mark
- Knemeyer, Dirk
- Nielsen, Jakob
- Norman, Donald
- Tognazzini, Bruce
- User Interface Engineering
No matter that these are 27 resources, what are you favorites of both these and your own bookmarks?
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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That’s an awesome list.
There are two articles I keep close:
“Information Interaction Design: A unified field theory of design” by
“All watched over by machines of loving grace: Some ethical guidelines
for user experience in ubiquitous-computing settings” by Adam
Greenfield (Boxes and Arrows)
Not sure these belong on your list. They’re just good. Curious to hear
about other personal touchstones.
On December 2, 2008, 15:15 CET, Richard Morton said:
Very useful list, and I particularly like Jesse James Garret’s PDF in your list. Although it is quite old now it still covers the user experience fundamentals very well.
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