Design Resources & Educational Material

In this thread we can collect material on design topics. Book recommendations, papers, articles, courses, quotes, …
Let’s just be a bit careful about not making recommendations seem like advertisement.

To avoid the thread from being flooded, please do not comment if you’re not a UI module member. If you are not and have interesting resources to share, let us know in the #user-interface-module channel on blender.chat.

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Let me make a quick start.

More to come…

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With the permission of Julian (blender.chat)

Aviation

For me the gold standard for UI/UX/ergonomics is the cockpit designs of jets. Even if this industry seems remote, I think these can be useful for inspiration, get ideas from a very different perspective, thinking out of the box…

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Here’s a list of ressources from the UX in CG Discord server (will poaste URL as soon as I have it). The original document can be found here and will be updated from time to time. I got permission to post the list here.

UX in CG Reading Recommendations

Hey everyone! This document aggregates all the excellent books, articles, and probably other media (like videos and podcasts!) that we recommend from the UX in CG Discord server.

Please feel free to add recommendations, make comments on recommendations, and create new topics to help us organize the document.

Evergreen / Required Reading

Accessibility / Inclusion

Data Analytics / Data Visualization

Graphic Design

Iconography, Typography, and Visual Design. (All subjects are also applicable to UI design!)

  • The Non-Designers Design Book - Robin Williams
    • Very applicable to UI design!! This is a fantastic book for anyone who doesn’t have a background in graphic design / UI design but find themself in a position where they have to make design decisions while they work. – Jordan Wild (Wayfair)

Information Architecture

  • Foraging Theory - David W. Stephens, John R. Krebs
    • Stephens/Krebs “Foraging Theory” is often taught in academic courses and this branch of thinking was the basis for all the work Nielsen/Norman did on information foraging and information scent. – Alan Wexelblat (Wayfair)

Interaction Design

Psychology / Perception

Psychology, cognition, perception, and bias.

  • Embodied Cognition (New Problems of Philosophy) - Lawrence Shapiro
    • Pick your favorite author’s take on Embodied Cognition. I can’t find the one I first read, which really set me on my arse in terms of how I thought about thinking. Shapiro put out a new edition of his book with that title in 2019 and I haven’t read it, but it promises to be more up to date. – Alan Wexelblat (Wayfair)
  • Metaphors We Live By - George Lakoff, Mark Johnson
    • Old school “Metaphors We Live By”. Lakoff is kind of a hero of mine and this book is one of the reasons. Pair with “Judgment Under Uncertainty”, another book that changed my life.
  • Judgement Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases - Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic, Amos Tversky

UI Design

UX Design

  • Living With Complexity - Don Norman

    • I can really recommend this book for every UX designer who is building tools for artists. It’s about complexity management, which we always do when designing workflows and interfaces. – Matthäus Niedoba (Anchorpoint)
  • Mental Models - Philip N. Johnson-Laird

    • Johnson-Laird’s “Mental Models” is dense and academic AF but I don’t know of a better, more modern reference on how people form mental models. – Alan Wexelblat (Wayfair)
  • Sketching User Experiences: Getting the design right and the right design - Bill Buxton

    • While we’re on the models topic, Buxton’s book “Sketching User Experiences” is interesting. Buxton is an academic, sort of, and he’s trying to address two audiences with this book and it kind of hurts the book. But it’s a great book on sketching and models. This one you want in physical form. – Alan Wexelblat (Wayfair)
  • UX Strategy - Jaime Levy (O’Reilly)

  • Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine - Don Norman

UX Research

  • Universal Methods of Design - Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington
    • This book is basically an encyclopedia of UX research and design methods. It’s a really helpful reminder of all the possibilities available to you when you’re at each of the turning points in your project! (I linked the revised and expanded version here but I personally have the original book.) – Jordan Wild (Wayfair)

Great Books that Help Others Understand UX

Books Surprisingly Applicable to UX Design

These recommendations aren’t directly about UX design, but there’s much to learn from them that can be applied to our craft!

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