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Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

  • Designing Web Site Interface Elements, by Eric Eaton (Peachpit Press, 2002, ISBN: 0201793032). This book is targeted for advanced designers because it explains the whys behind the design instead of the basics. Examples demonstrate how the placement of elements such as lists, buttons, and menus can benefit or hurt a site.

  • The Elements of User Experience, by Jesse James Garrett (New Riders, 2002, ISBN: 0735712026), provides the big picture of user experience development using clear and concise explanations. This is not a how-to book or an answer book; it's a book that helps you ask the right questions and gives you the foundation you need.

  • Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by Steve Krug and Roger Black (New Riders, 2000, ISBN: 0789723107), is a short, quick-read book on usability. Its popularity is well-deserved because it simply explains what's broken and how to fix it. Consider it the driver's license of Web design—it's important and never design without it.

  • Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Second Edition, by Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville (O'Reilly, 2002), is one of the premier books on information architecture since the release of its first edition. People new to IA will appreciate the first two sections of the book, which cover an introduction and the basic principles of IA. It covers labeling, searching, organization, labeling, and vocabularies. This is the unabridged resource for IA. (Preview this book on Safari.)

  • Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, by Christina Wodtke (New Riders, 2003, ISBN: 0735712506), explains the process of IA without fancy words and even with wit thrown into the mix as she explains, "My goal for this book is for you to learn rocket science in a day without blowing everything up." Any busy person would probably not finish this book in one day, but it's easy to find what you need and quickly read it because the words flow instead of confuse.

  • Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies, by John Yunker (New Riders, 2002, ISBN: 0735712085). Sadly, there are few resources covering the globalization of a Web site. Luckily, this one is a good one and will more than suffice. Going global doesn't just mean providing the Web site in various languages. Spanish is spoken in many countries, but the countries have little in common when it comes to culture and social impacts.