I have just finished a wonderful book, Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read, which ostensibly is about the origins and the neural underpinnings of the human ability to read. Dehaene not only takes on the conventional wisdom that reading is a sequential, letter by letter process, but he unwittingly sheds light on the foundations of many universally accepted usability practices.
Having spent the majority of 2011 in intense self-study to finish my transition from developer/project manager to UX engineer, I thought it would be useful for others out there to share my reading list and some brief thoughts. Steve Krug- Don’t make me think The best book for a quick introduction to user experience is this first one. You’ll find that Steve Krug (along with Jakob...
Watchparty.tv is a site that allows users to host or join "watch parties" of popular television shows. During a watch party, users visit a webpage that aggregates their thoughts (blips), along with an opinion tracker and polls. The benefit of the watch party approach is allowing disparate users to watch TV shows "together".
123exchanges.com is an eBay type listing site based on the concept of selling through videos instead of written descriptions. The site provides a way for sellers to register and upload videos of things for sale, and it provides browsing and searching functionality for potential buyers. They are a startup based in the Washington DC area that is approximately 6 months old.