Some good UX books you should read

Books about design and development in 2014!?

Yes! Apart from blogs, video tutorials and Twitter accounts you can still learn lots of great stuff about UX design by reading a book printed on paper.

Here are my favorite books I think you should read!

The A Book Apart Series

A Book Apart (@abookapart) is not a single book. It’s a series about everything related to web, from HTML markup to content strategy. I’ve (almost) read all of them and they are by far the best books to read if you are working with websites in any way.

The series cover the following:

  • The new stuff in HTML5
  • The new stuff in CSS3
  • Advice for you content strategy and mobile content strategy
  • Advice for working as a designer and dealing with clients
  • How to trigger certain emotions in a user
  • How to write great CSS with SASS
  • How to design great typography
  • How to do research for backing up your design
  • Everything code related to responsive web design
  • Everything not code related to mobile first

abookapart.com

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Best tweets from An Event Apart Austin 2014

It’s fall and time for An Event Apart yet again! This time in Austin, Texas on the 22nd until the 24th of September. As usual, I’ve gone through the #aeaaus hashtag and saved my favorite tweets from the event.

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Arrows in interfaces

Arrows are common in the interfaces we interact with on a regular basis. Since they are used so frequent and in many different ways, they are easily misused leading to a confusing user experience.

My goal with this post is to categorize the usage of arrows, show some examples and give you some pointers (pun intended) if you’ve decided to use arrows in your interface.

Buttons and links

Arrows are sometimes used with buttons or placed next to links in order to make them more noticeable and clickable.


The classic iOS back button made to look like an arrow hinting clicking it will bring you back one step.


A link to a new page at m.adlibris.se.

I’m very skeptical towards placing arrows before or after regular links. A blue underlined piece of text looks more like a link and an arrow next to the text might fool the user thinking a click will expand more content instead of navigating to a new page.

Position indicators

Check out breadcrumb trails on some sites and you’ll definitely see multiple arrows pointing to the current section.


The breadcrumbs pattern at telia.se.

Left panel navigation menus can use an arrow to show which page you are currently at.


The left panel navigation for WordPress admins.

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Best tweets from An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014

It’s time for An Event Apart again! This time the popular web conference is talking place in Atlanta. I’ve gone through the #aeaatl hashtag on Twitter and these tweets have sparked my interest.

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Best tweets from An Event Apart: San Francisco 2013

Today An Event Apart wrapped up in San Francisco after presentations by industry greats such as Erika Hall (@mulegirl), Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier), Ethan Marcotte (@beep), Samantha Warren (@samanthatoy) among others.

As usual, I spent time following the #aeasf hashtag on Twitter in order to gain some knew insights and skills.

Here are my favorite tweets from the event. For more info visit aneventapart.com/event/san-francisco-2013.

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