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  1. The Top 5 Books About Form Design

    Good Questions

    Asking and answering users' questions

    A column by Caroline Jarrett
    December 20, 2010

    It’s December, and we’re coming up to the gift-giving season. In case you want to put something professionally relevant on your wish list—or, perhaps more realistically, in case you haven’t yet spent your 2010 book-buying budget—I’m going to devote this column to books. Specifically, books on form design.

    I admit that I am coauthor of one of them, but I’m going to try to be as objective as possible. If you’re a forms geek, you’ll want all of them. Not a forms geek? Read on, and I’ll try to help you pick out the ones that are most relevant to you. Read More

  2. Book Review: Evil by Design

    July 23, 2018

    “Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”—Dark Helmet, in Spaceballs

    Cover of Evil by DesignLucifer. Darth Vader. Voldemort. Gru. Literature is filled with heroes, but also memorable villains. And why not? The uncomfortable truth is that, for many of us, villains and evil are much more interesting than heroes and good. It’s easy to identify the hero—the good—in a narrative. Heroes are predictable and idealistic. Villainy, on the other hand, leads us to ask questions: Why? What next? Can evil tactics get more results than good ones?

    That line of thinking is what initially attracted me to Chris Nodder’s book Evil by Design: Interaction Design to Lead Us into Temptation. Throughout its 320 pages, the book examines the dark patterns and means of persuasion that have infiltrated our profession and culture. While good UX professionals advocate ease of use, obvious disclosures to customers, and increasing confidence on the part of users, seemingly evil UX professionals take advantage of the users’ shortcomings to short-circuit their judgment and enhance the all-important conversion rate. Read More

  3. Book Review: Creative Confidence

    June 25, 2018

    Creative ConfidenceTom Kelley and David Kelley, coauthors of Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, are men on a mission. Tom Kelley is general manager of IDEO, a design consultancy specializing in product development and innovation. David Kelley is a founder of IDEO and has been a leader in establishing the concept of design thinking. After experiencing decades of success working with—and designing for—many of the biggest companies in the world, then surviving cancer, David Kelley has committed his life to helping others to realize their creative potential. After seeing his interviews and a TED talk, running into him at the airport, and reading Creative Confidence, I believe that his message is not just inspiring, but actionable.

    Creativity. Few words are so loaded and fearsome to people. Unfortunately, many successful people fail to embrace or even fear their creativity. Worse, they may dismiss creativity as a novelty or, even worse, suppress it within their organizations. Perhaps they are uncomfortable with creativity as a way to solve problems. Many people rarely have visibility into the process of creative professionals. Instead, they typically see and evaluate only the end results. They have been conditioned by an education and employment system that prioritizes predictable outcomes and repeatability. Often, the desire for such outcomes is based on an assumption that what always was, will always be. We see the leaders of these same institutions wringing their hands and complaining about disruption. Read More

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