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  1. Book Review: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

    July 29, 2019

    “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”—commonly attributed to Mark Twain

    Cover: FactfulnessDespite our technological advances, it seems that things just keep getting worse. Overpopulation, terrorism, natural disasters, lack of food and resources, crime, income inequality, and access to education are just some of the things with which humanity is contending. It makes one long for the good old days.

    But is this perception of the world correct?

    A critical skill for UX professionals is the ability to recognize our biases and evaluate the quality of the information we consume and develop. By recognizing the errors in our perception and in the information at hand, we can improve decision-making for ourselves and our teams. Read More

  2. Book Review: The Design of Everyday Things

    March 22, 2021

    Cover: The Design of Everyday ThingsAfter reviewing some more recently published books, I decided to review a title among the foundational writings for User Experience: Don Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things. This book was originally published in 1988 and has been expanded and updated to apply the principles of human-centered design to Web sites, software, and mobile apps.

    Don Norman is a key figure in the history of UX design and the second N of the Nielsen Norman Group. Norman began his career as an electrical engineer, then later earned a PhD in Psychology. His contributions as a researcher and UX consultant have spanned decades. Highlights of his career include his research into the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and his five-year stint as Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group (ATG) at Apple in the mid-1990s. His writings and talks have been widely credited as foundational to our application of psychology to product design and our understanding of the relationship between people and technology. Read More

  3. Designing Your Life Using Design Thinking

    February 10, 2020

    Cover: Designing Your LifeDesign thinking. It’s probably something you use in your job every day to tackle thorny design problems. But have you ever thought about using it to design your life?

    In their book, Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans outline a step-by-step process, using design thinking, to help people build lives in which they can find fulfillment and joy. This review highlights some techniques from the book that people have used successfully in achieving their professional and career objectives. To get a complete understanding of the Life Design process, though, you need to read the book. Read More

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