If you ever run into a “UX agency” and they’re not familiar with Don Norman’s work, you might want to reconsider working with them.
He’s well known in the UX field for his research and publications about human—computer interaction, and is credited with coining the term “user experience”.
Intended to be “a starter kit for good design” this is a book written for an audience larger than just those in the design field. Learn about discoverability, understanding, and affordances in a discussion about everyday objects and how you can incorporate these concepts in your design process to create user friendly work.
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Probably the single most important aspect to becoming a good web designer is learning how typography works. Type dominates the web plays a supporting role in shaping a website’s character.
The Elements of Typographic style, written for typographers with a deep dive into the historical context of type, scale, and layout — is at its core a typographic style guide, but really so much more and contains highly valuable information for a web designer. Robert Bringhurst puts type into focus by explaining current best practices and how we’ve gotten there from a historical context. It’s not a light read and weighs in at 383 pages, however, a large section of is devoted to excerpts from specimen books and a glossary of type designers and foundries.
I found the discussion of page proportions as musical intervals to be one of the most interesting sections of the book, but there’s no shortage of ah-ha moments for the amount of knowledge that’s shared within these pages.
It’s also beautiful. I highly recommend it.
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