Ms E. Exintaris

Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,112
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (193 of 214)
Location: London, UK
In My Own Words:
Chasseuse d'insolite. Designer. Dressmaker. Amateur linguist. Engineer. Love good design & good food. Information designer with a severe book addiction.



Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,112 - Total Helpful Votes: 193 of 214
A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer
I have been designing and building websites since 1997. I have worked on several intranets and many large scale projects. Let's say I have extensive experience in IA. And I still learnt a lot from this book!

Donna gives names to structures, tells stories of past projects, and shares helpful advice like "if you eliminate terminology during user testing, document it, or risk a manager replacing your chosen wording with a rejected one, in ignorance".

It may be harder to digest for complete novices. A modicum of familiarity with IA, intranets and websites as well as their technology is assumed.

I'd happily read it again!
The Dress Doctor: Prescriptions for Style, From A &hellip by Edith Head
Quips and quotes. I read it cover to cover in one hour. Not worth owning. Flick through one in a bookshop. Then buy the original book from which the stories and quotes are extracted.
What They Didn't Teach You in Design School: What &hellip by Phil Cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable!, 16 Sep 2014
I trained as an engineer, and have worked as a designer in IT for 9 years. I'm a user experience architect, if you've heard of UX.
Never having been to design school, much of this book's design school practices and trivia was news to me.
However, all the lessons about presentation (prepare), plagiarism (don't do it), portfolios (show process), hiring staff (work with people you like) and more are in fact invaluable.

Buy this book.

Read it.

And put it somewhere within reach. You'll want to look something up within days.

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