That's Saturday, the 18th, if you don't have a calculator.
We're leaving early tomorrow for a week-long vacation to the east coast. Part wedding shower, part quality family time, part friend reunion and a lot of relaxing on the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
I will be working in the form of doing a little research on design research. If you're interested, here are some books I'm taking with me:
- Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)by Mike Kuniavsky
- The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
by Jesse James Garrett
- The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
While I'm at it, I have a question for anyone that wants to leave a comment while I'm gone. Here is my challenge- I need to be able make a convincing case for design research. Building usable products is the obvious answer, but what else is there? Why would a company do design research before creating a new tool or product? What does design research mean to you?
Anyone? Anyone? Buuuueller?