Just got done reading Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices.
The book, as stated in most of the comments on Amazon, is a "wonderful introduction to the field of Interaction Design". The book is great and if you're interested in learning more about how to create a great product OR service (that's right, you can design services as well - think process design, redesign, reengineering, etc.) I highly suggest checking this book out. It covers the basics VERY well and does so in a very easily digestible manner.
This is just the lastest in a long list of design/design related books I've read (mostly in the last year or so)...
- The Design of Everyday Things (read twice, summary on my blog)
- Emotional Design (great follow up to Design of Everyday Things, written at a higher level)
- Watches Tell More Than Time (wow, this book floored me)
- Don't Make Me Think
- Universal Principles of Design (great book, a must own... I've used stuff from this book in training classes)
- Making and Breaking The Grid (covers layout, obviously)
- Thinking with Type
- Ambient Findability (it will change the way you think about 'search')
- Prioritizing Web Usability
- Usability Engineering (the original book I understand, a tad dated but worth it, has a section about the business aspect of usability)
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (another one of the must owns)
- Persuasive Technology (very interesting)
- Shaping Things (very interesting book - a glimpse into the future perhaps)
- The Evolution of Useful Things (great book, short snippet in an earlier post)
- Information Architecture
- The Elements of User Experience
- Bulletproof Web Design (a must own CSS/web design book)
- Web Standard Solutions (a must own CSS/web design book - I'm going to his CSS class in Boston)
- Defensive Design for the web (just great, I dug this book and passed around the Contingency Design test to my team, we're adding to it! Sort of reminded me of The Big Red Fez which I've also read and passed around to everyone on my team)
- Communicating Design
- Design of Things to Come
- Rapid Contextual Design
- Usability Engineering Lifecycle
- AJAX in Action
- The Art of Innovation
- The Ten Faces of Innovation
- And one or two others... that are at least somewhat related.
I've ordered the soon to be published: Designing Interactions - all 816 pages of it! It looks like it will be fantastic!
I'll be posting a list of my favorite design blogs in the next couple of days...
What are your favorite design books? What one book would you suggest I read?