Mark’s UX clippings: Books and Research

This week we dive into books and research. I read Donald Norman’s newest book, got interested in Bill Moggridge’s Designing Media and read many other interesting things.Designing Media, the new book by Bill Moggridge, director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and founder of IDEO, is now available in hard copy, as a DVD and as a downloadable pdf.

The Megacities on the Move report, compiled by the Forum for the Future, says authorities must start planning their transport infrastructure now for a future when two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Of particular interest too are the four scenarios for urban mobility in 2040, which paint vivid pictures of four possible worlds in 2040. Scenario animations bring each world to life, as they follow a day in the life of an ordinary woman, examining the mobility challenges and solutions in each world.

The book, This is Service Design Thinking, introduces an inter-disciplinary approach to designing services. A set of 23 international authors and even more online contributors from the global service design community invested their knowledge, experience and passion together to create this book.

I just finished reading Living with Complexity by Donald A. Norman and considers it an important contribution to our field.

Sebastian Greger, social interaction designer, internet sociologist and post-graduate student at the Media Lab of the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki, has published his Master’s research, entitled The Absent Peer, that aims to provide a framework for the consideration of non-users in the context of social interaction design, in particular for the design of social network sites.

Norden, the Nordic Innovation Center, has published the results of U DriveIT, a research project between Denmark, Norway and Iceland, that explored the increasingly strong connection between ICT and user-driven innovation in those countries, and how this approach could be transferred from the IT sector to traditional businesses.

Mark Vanderbeeken

Mark Vanderbeeken is a senior partner at Experientia, an international experience design consultancy, based in Turin, Italy. He is also the author of the successful experience design blog Putting People First.

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