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There are few texts that cover the topics we will be addressing in this course with sufficient practical “how to” detail without being overly domain-specific (e.g., limited to websites, etc.). Instead of assigning a specific text book, I will provide you with selected readings from a variety of sources. Links to these readings will be included on the class schedule. Many of them will be pulled from the excellent set of textbooks below, which of course are optional.

A Sketchbook (Required)

You will be turning this sketchbook in from time to time, so a fresh book is best. Find one you like. You’ll be keeping it nearby this quarter.

Pro tip: Find a pen or pencil that you love. It makes all the difference.



Human-Computer Interaction (Optional)Alan Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd, and Russell Beale hci-dfab
The UX Book: Process and Guidelines for Ensuring a Quality User Experience (Optional)Rex Hartson, Pardha Pyla ux-book
Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences (Optional)

Jesmond Allen, James Chudley

Interaction Design: Beyond Human – Computer Interaction (Optional)

Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, Jenny Preece

Universal Principals of Design (Optional)

William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler


Highly Recommended

Camera or Camera PhoneIt will be incredibly useful to have something on you all the time that let you quickly take pictures. A camera phone is ideal — keep it in your pocket, and always have it ready to capture moments of inspiration from your daily life. (Cat optional.)

Pro tip: Sometimes drawing something and taking pictures of it is quicker than creating a PowerPoint.