Speaking of back to school, I’ll be giving a guest lecture on User Personas at Fairfield University this Thursday, September 10. I’ll be doing more speaking engagements throughout the year, so please let me know if you’re interested. Thanks!
User Experience Design (UX) Resources
This 2003 essay from the folks at Adaptive Path is also a few years old but gives an excellent introduction to the field. It really helped me make the transition from agency/corporate project manager to independent consultant.
Online UX Design Webinars and Courses
This 60-minute virtual seminar covers all the basics of what information architecture is and how to practice it. This seminar is for anyone new to the field of information architecture who is looking to get a broad overview of the ideas and methods of IA.
HFI are the go-to guys when it comes to intensive training on usability. I took a bunch of their courses as a corporate web project manager and they were fantastic. Highly recommended for any organization.
SEC offers a number of online courses for web professionals looking to upgrade their skills. This course covers a broad range of web site usability topics, including logical navigation usage, broken link checking, custom error messages, functional feedback forms, design and layout consistency, intuitive ordering and shopping cart processes etc.
Recommended Books on UX Design:
14. Don’t Make Me Think
This book has stood the test of time as the gold standard of web site user experience and is used by web professionals all over the world.
This book inspired me to become a user experience designer. The first edition had a huge influence on my early web design career. Besides the useful update, the second edition also has a great chapter on designing social media spaces.
Web Content Writing Resources
23. Nick Usborne’s Guide To Online Copywriting
Author Nick Usborne has organized dozens of his useful web copywriting tips in one place. Very nice.
Recommended Books on Web Content Writing