Usability Book Suggestions

I recently went out to my Amazon Book Site and made a list of all the books I found useful on User Interface Design and Information Architecture. I found that this is a longer list than I had thought, but filtered it down to 36 books that I really feel gave me the chops to do what it is I find appealing, and that’s design for the user. These books span Design, to Usability Testing, ROI and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)….
Web Marketing ALL IN ONE For Dummies
Web Marketing ALL IN ONE For Dummies Topic: SEO, BLOG, Email, and Tracking
Description: This is eight books in one! Establishing a web presence, SEO, Web Analytics, online advertising and pay per click. Email marketing, blogging and podcasting. Social Marketing and even mobile marketing!
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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery
Mobile Design Pattern Gallery Topic: Mobile Design
Description: Book is intended for product managers, designers, and developers who are creating mobile applications. These patterns sow you some of the most sucessful solutions to common design challenges when it comes to mobile application development.
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Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition Topic: Usability
Description: Using screen shots, cartoons, diagrams, and sidebars, this book offers a humorous take on the important subject of web usability.
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The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design
The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design covers basic human factors issues relating to screen design, input devices, and information organization and processing, as well as addresses newer features which will become prominent in the next generation of Web technologies. These include multimodal interfaces, wireless capabilities, and agents that can improve convenience and usability. Written by leading researchers and/or practitioners in the field, this volume reflects the varied backgrounds and interests of individuals involved in all aspects of human factors and Web design and includes chapters on a full range of topics.
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Designing and Engineering Time: The Psychology of Time Perception in Software
Designing and Engineering Time: The Psychology of Time Perception in Software Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: One hidden factor powerfully influences the way users react to your software, hardware, User Interfaces (UI), or web applications: how those systems utilize users’ time. Now, drawing on the nearly 40 years of human computer interaction research–including his own pioneering work–Dr. Steven Seow presents state-of-the-art best practices for reflecting users’ subjective perceptions of time in your applications and hardware.
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Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: There is no single methodology for creating the perfect product–but you can increase your odds. One of the best ways is to understand users’ reasons for doing things. Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior gives you the tools to help you grasp, and design for, those reasons. Adaptive Path co-founder Indi Young has written a roll-up-your-sleeves book for designers, managers, and anyone else interested in making design strategic, and successful.
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Understanding Your Users: A Practical Guide to User Requirements Methods, Tools, and Techniques
Understanding Your Users: A Practical Guide to User Requirements Methods, Tools, and Techniques Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: Understanding Your Users is an easy to read, easy to implement, how-to guide on usability in the real world. It focuses on the “user requirements gathering” stage of product development and it provides a variety of techniques, many of which may be new to usability professionals. For each technique, readers will learn how to prepare for and conduct the activity, as well as analyze and present the data —all in a practical and hands-on way. In addition, each method presented provides different information about the user and their requirements (e.g., functional requirements, information architecture, task flows). The techniques can be used together to form a complete picture of the users’ requirements or they can be used separately to address specific product questions.
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Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction
Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: “The best basis around for user-centered interaction design, both as a primer for students as an introduction to the field, and as a resource for research practitioners to fall back on. It should be labelled ’start here’.” —Pieter Jan Stappers, ID-StudioLab, Delft University of Technology
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Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research
Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: Filled with real-world experience and a wealth of practical information, this book presents a complete toolbox of techniques to help designers and developers see through the eyes of their users. It provides in-depth coverage of 13 user experience research techniques that will provide a basis for developing better products, whether they’re Web, software or mobile based. In addition, it’s written with an understanding of how software is developed in the real world, taking tight budgets, short schedules, and existing processes into account.
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Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research
Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: This book cuts through the theory and gives hand-on advice to those who are seeking to actually conduct a focus group. It is most helpful for conducting focus groups for research or evaluation with public, non-profit, educational, health, human service, and religious organizations.
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Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning
Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: Most discussion about Web design seems to focus on the creative process, yet turning concept into reality requires a strong set of deliverables—the documentation (concept model, site maps, usability reports, and more) that serves as the primary communication tool between designers and customers. Here at last is a guide devoted to just that topic. Combining quick tips for improving deliverables with in-depth discussions of presentation and risk mitigation techniques, author Dan Brown shows you how to make the documentation you’re required to provide into the most efficient communications tool possible. He begins with an introductory section about deliverables and their place in the overall process, and then delves into to the different types of deliverables. From usability reports to project plans, content maps, flow charts, wireframes, site maps, and more, each chapter includes a contents checklist, presentation strategy, maintenance strategy, a description of the development process and the deliverable’s impact on the project, and more.
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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites Topic: Usability
Description: This is a great book to introduce people to information architecture. The book includes chapters on organization, labeling, navigation, searching, thesauri, controlled vocabularies, and metadata.
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Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks
Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks Topic: Usability
Description: Forms make or break the most crucial online interactions: checkout, registration, and any task requiring information entry. In Web Form Design, Luke Wroblewski draws on original research, his considerable experience at Yahoo! and eBay, and the perspectives of many of the field’s leading designers to show you everything you need to know about designing effective and engaging web forms.
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Prioritizing Web Usability
Prioritizing Web Usability Topic: Usability
Description: In 2000, Jakob Nielsen, the world’s leading expert on Web usability, published a book that changed how people think about the Web—Designing Web Usability (New Riders). Many applauded. A few jeered. But everyone listened. The best-selling usability guru is back and has revisited his classic guide, joined forces with Web usability consultant Hoa Loranger, and created an updated companion book that covers the essential changes to the Web and usability today. Prioritizing Web Usability is the guide for anyone who wants to take their Web site(s) to next level and make usability a priority! Through the authors’ wisdom, experience, and hundreds of real-world user tests and contemporary Web site critiques, you’ll learn about site design, user experience and usability testing, navigation and search capabilities, old guidelines and prioritizing usability issues, page design and layout, content design, and more!
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Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites that Work
Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites that Work Topic: Usability
Description: Treats web usability as a practical and realizable business goal, not a buzzword or abstraction. It teaches you the concepts and skills you will need to know to produce cohesive, easy-to-use web sites while meeting tight deadlines and staying on budget.
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Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests
Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests Topic: Usability
Description: A practical book with step-by-step guidelines for conducting a variety of usability tests. Topics covered include, writing, user-interface design, graphic design, engineering, and more.
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Cost-Justifying Usability, Second Edition: An Update for the Internet Age
Cost-Justifying Usability, Second Edition: An Update for the Internet Age Topic: Usability Return on Investment
Description: Offers structured techniques for usability engineers and project managers to quantify the costs and benefits of a new product.
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Designing Web Usability
Designing Web Usability Topic: Usability
Description: This book sets out web design precepts for developers to follow based on statistics (survey results on sizes of screens, types of queries submitted to search portals, response times by connection type) supporting Nielsen’s views on web usability.
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Usability Engineering
Usability Engineering Topic: Usability
Description: A pragmatic approach to the user interface design process, emphasizing his heuristic evaluation technique.
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Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed Topic: User-Centered Design, Return on Investment
Description: This book presents the argument that homepages are the most important presence on the web, reminding readers that users make decisions about whether to stay or go in mere seconds. Nielson and Tahir begin with a chapter of precise guidelines that serve as a checklist of the features and functionality to include on your home page. They then dissect 50 prominent homepages with specific observations and suggestions backed with solid quantitative analysis.
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User-Centered Design Stories: Real-World UCD Case Studies
User-Centered Design Stories: Real-World UCD Case Studies Topic: User-Centered Design, Return on Investment
Description: Intended for both the student and the practitioner, this is the first user-centered design casebook. It follows the Harvard Case study method, where the reader is placed in the role of the decision-maker in a real-life professional situation. In this book, the reader is asked to perform analysis of dozens of UCD work situations and propose solutions for the problem set.

The problems posed in the cases cover a wide variety of key tasks and issues facing practitioners today, including those that are related to organizational/managerial topics, UCD methods and processes, and technical/ project issues. The benefit of the casebook and its organization is that it offers the new practitioner (as well as experienced practitioners working in new settings) the valuable practice in decision-making that one cannot get by reading a book or attending a seminar.

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Usability Success Stories: How Organizations Improve by Making Easier-to-use Software And Web Sites
Usability Success Stories: How Organizations Improve by Making Easier-to-use Software And Web Sites Topic: Usability Return on Investment
Description: This book shows how usability engineers can apply their craft during product development by studying users’ needs and abilities, designing the product accordingly, and verifying the design through additional testing with users. To illustrate the value of usability, the book includes a number of cases where usability engineering contributed significantly to the solution of a business problem. A wide range of applications are covered, including web-based e-commerce, mobile devices, medical devices and software, process control management systems, financial services applications, and consumer desktop applications. Usability Success Stories provides a valuable guide for business managers and technical staff as well as to practitioners within the field itself.
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Selling Usability: User Experience Infiltration Tactics
Selling Usability: User Experience Infiltration Tactics Topic: Usability Return on Investment
Description: This book offers methods to usability professionals on how to convince businesses that they need to get on board with usability.
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Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics
Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics Topic: Usability Methods
Description: This book provides practical, detailed instructions on how to measure improved usability for the web, web-based applications, and electronic products of all kinds, without breaking the bank.
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Built for Use: Driving Profitability Through the User Experience
Built for Use: Driving Profitability Through the User Experience Topic: Usability Return on Investment
Description: While there are a multitude of books on the art and science of user interface and Web site design, until now none has focused on the online user experience from the corporate strategist’s and marketing manager’s perspectives. The first guide to linking business strategy with the art and science of online user experience, Built for Use offers a total approach to the planning and development of ebusiness experiences that build long-term customer loyalty and drive long-term profits.
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Eyetracking Web Usability
Eyetracking Web Usability Topic: Usability
Description: This book is based on one of the largest studies of eyetracking usability in existence. Authors Jakob Nielsen and Kara Pernice used rigorous usability methodology and eyetracking technology to analyze 1.5 million instances where users look at Web sites to understand how the human eyes interact with design. Their findings will help designers, software developers, writers, editors, product managers, and advertisers understand what people see or don’t see, when they look, and why.
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Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services
Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: Designing successful products and services in the digital age requires a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in interaction design, visual design, industrial design, and other disciplines. It also takes the ability to come up with the big ideas that make a desirable product or service, as well as the skill and perseverance to execute on the thousand small ideas that get your design into the hands of users. It requires expertise in project management, user research, and consensus-building. This comprehensive, full-color volume addresses all of these and more with detailed how-to information, real-life examples, and exercises.
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Designing Web Navigation: Optimizing the User Experience
Designing Web Navigation: Optimizing the User Experience Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: This book demonstrates that good navigation is not about technology-it’s about the ways people find information, and how you guide them. Ideal for beginning to intermediate web designers, managers, other non-designers, and web development pros looking for another perspective, Designing Web Navigation offers basic design principles, development techniques and practical advice, with real-world examples and essential concepts seamlessly folded in.
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Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design
Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: This book explores the character traits of great Web applications and uses them as guiding principles of application design so the end result of every project instills customer satisfaction and loyalty. These principles include building only whats necessary, getting users up to speed quickly, preventing and handling errors, and designing for the activity.
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Moderating Usability Tests: Principles and Practices for Interacting
Moderating Usability Tests: Principles and Practices for Interacting Topic: Usability Testing
Description: This book covers the ten golden rules for successful usability testing.
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Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability
Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability Topic: Usability
Description: A great source of form design information for web designers, most important in the new age of web services. This book brings to light the idea that good form design isn’t just about looks—it’s about making sure you’re asking the right questions so your users understand how to answer.
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Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions
Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: In this book, UI experts Bill Scott and Theresa Neil present more than 75 design patterns for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction. These best practices are grouped into six key principles to help you take advantage of the web technologies available today.
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Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works
Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works Topic: Usability
Description: Well-written content is one of the most important aspects of a user-friendly website. This book provides clear instructions of how to achieve clear and effective web communication through good writing.
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Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems Topic: Usability
Description: In this how-to companion to Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out an approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own web site, application, or other product. By paring the process of testing and fixing products down to its essentials (A morning a month, that’s all we ask ), Rocket Surgery makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it’s still easy to fix them.
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A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making
A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making Topic: User Experience Design
Description: User experience design is the discipline of creating a useful and usable Web site or application—one that’s easily navigated and meets the needs of both the site owner and its users. But there’s a lot more to successful UX design than knowing the latest Web technologies or design trends: It takes diplomacy, project management skills, and business savvy. That’s where this book comes in.
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When Search Meets Web Usability
When Search Meets Web Usability Topic: Usability, SEO
Description: This book delivers a proactive approach to building an effective Web site that is search engine friendly and will result in better search rankings. It outlines the steps needed to bridge the gap between a Google search and a Web site, and also improve the users’ experience once they get to the site. By understanding the wide variety of information-seeking strategies and the individual behaviors associated with them, this book helps information architects, Web designers/developers, SEOs/SEMs, and usability professionals build better interfaces and functionality into Web sites.
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Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach
Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: This book takes readers through the entire User-Centered Development Life Cycle, demonstrating practical skills and techniques, and providing readers with the concepts and tools needed to develop Web sites that maximize the user experience. It also includes four case studies which demonstrate how both commercial and noncommercial organizations designed user-centered Web sites.
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Principles and Guidelines in Software User Interface Design
Principles and Guidelines in Software User Interface Design Topic: User-Centered Design
Description: Here’s a comprehensive sourcebook, filled with concrete design guidelines for developing clear software interfaces. In it, readers will find practical guidelines including the high level conceptual model, dialog styles, organization of functionality to support user tasks, and effective error handling. Suitable for novice and experienced software development professionals. Based on extensive research in human computer interaction.
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