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David Malouf recently posted the wonderful IxDA booklist he and Will Evans compiled to the IA Institute’s discussion list.  Here are a few other must-reads I would add to their list.

  • Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations
  • David Weinberger, Everything Is Miscellaneous
  • Michael Bierut, Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design
  • Dan Roam, The Back of the Napkin
  • Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
  • Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, Nudge
  • Jeffrey Kluger, Simplexity

The last four books move beyond the areas of interaction & experience design and into the related realms of visual thinking, physical architecture, decision architecture, and what Kluger dubs “the art of making complex things simple.”   William J. Mitchell’s essays on the intersection of physical architecture and digital information networks (collected in such books as Me++, e-topia, City of Bits and Placing Words) are also worth exploring for anyone interested in understanding how the “endless flow of information” unleashed by the web and related technologies is challenging architects to find new ways to integrate the physical and virtual realms.

Of the books on and Malouf & Evans’ list, Alan Cooper’s About Face 3.0, Bill Buxton’s Sketching User Experiences, and Lidwell/Holden/Butler’s Universal Principles of Design have been regulars on my bedside reading table of late.  I highly recommend all three.

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Ambient Findability 

Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability (O’Reilly Books, 2005) is an engaging, readable survey of the many wayfinding and networking technologies that have reconfigured our cultural landscape over the past decade or so.  Beginning with a meditation on how the “humble keyword” has teamed with the richness of the World Wide Web to deliver a previously unimaginable range of information resources and consumer choices, and proceeding through brief histories of wayfinding and information interaction, Morville hits his stride in central chapters on “intertwingling,” “push and pull” and “the sociosemantic web.”  

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