The User is Always Right

Reviewed by Will Evans – the first of several guest reviews to come on the DRB. See the end of the review for Will’s bio. The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas for the Web is a comprehensive guide approaches user experience research like never before, and is well-written, easy-to-read, and quite user friendly. The book provides real-world examples of how user research is done in just enough detail that it can both inform an executive of the role of...

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Share Your Design Book Disappointments

Most of the book reviews on the DRB so far have been very positive. The simple reason is that it’s more pleasant to seek out and review books that I think I’m going to like than to wade through a pile of stinkers. But, once in a while, you hear about a book and buy it ‘blind’ – or even buy it on impulse in a bookshop – and it turns out to be a real disappointment. Scanning my bookshelf, the one that stuck out for me is Experience Design by Nathan Shedroff. I feel...

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Data Flow

If there is one resource we’re not short of these days it is data. We’re swimming in the stuff and generating it all the time. Making visual sense of all that data requires a fine balance between complexity and simplicity. Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design is an absolutely beautiful collection of some of the finest examples of the art.

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Apostrophe

Thanks to everyone who has e-mailed or commented with positive feedback about the launch of The Designers Review of Books. By far the most common question has been, “I don’t mean to be picky, but shouldn’t there be an apostrophe in the title?”. It is good to see designers so eagle-eyed about apostrophes, but as we wrote in the About section, we think the answer is either, “no” or, “it depends”. Here is the rationale: There could be an apostrophe...

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The Little Know-It-All

The Little Know-It-All from Gestalten is either a desk reference or a toilet book, depending on your reading preferences. With the tag-line of “Common Sense for Designers” it’s a book full of all the things you didn’t bother to pay attention to in design school and wish you had. Forgotten your colour theory? Can’t remember paper sizes? Don’t know your flexo from your gravure printing? This is the book for you.

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Jon Burgerman – Pens Are My Friends

Three years ago I interviewed Jon Burgerman after I stumbled across his web site and was immediately sucked into his bizarre world of characters. Like quite a few illustrators and animators I know, Burgerman appears to have an inexhaustible supply of oddities inside his head and an equally unstoppable urge to draw them. Everywhere.

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Welcome to the Designer’s Review Books

Welcome to The Designer’s Review of Books – a selection of books for the creative mind. For sometime I have been looking for a site that only reviewed books on design and related areas rather than a blog or site that also reviewed books. I couldn’t find one (or not one that I liked) so I created the DRB. You can read more about the background, the people, the idea and why there is no apostrophe in the title here. Over time there will be plenty of tweaks and changes...

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