About Face

About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th edition
By Cooper, Alan

Book – 2014

Many years ago in the mid-’90s, Alan Cooper wrote the first edition of this leading UI design book. Its revelation for me was the concept of automatic save. When you are using, say, a word processor, you normally want to save before closing. So that is automatic, and if you want otherwise then you have to ask for it via some menu or control. There are never confirmation dialogs saying “are you sure you want to …”. Instead, there is an undo function which can reverse any action when you want to go back.
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Dont Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug – 2014

Design your site to be usable. This book will convince you in 5 minutes how critical it is to design for usability, and in another 55 minutes (or so) you will know how to do it. It is a pleasure to read the book, so 60 minutes will fly by.

Krug originally wrote this in 2000, and warmed it over in 2006. Now in 2014 he has added a look at mobile clients, and how that affects usability.