Links and resources
The list of websites and books that follow are resources that we consistently use as references whenever we build a new websites or redesign an existing ones. These resources contain books, marketing companies, and reputable search engine optimization (SEO) pros that will help website owners build search-engine friendly websites that enhance the user experience (UX).
Information Architecture Institute (IAI)
Search Engine Land
UIE Virtual Seminars (webinars)
WebAIM Color Contrast Checker
Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques
A must-read book about visual design. Learn how to create natural visual hierarchies on your website that match user mental models. IMHO, a great book for newbies as well as professional web designers. Usability and UX pros will find it helpful, too.
Ignore the publication date. This book is about visual design PRINCIPLES and FUNDAMENTALS. Every web designer should know these principles.
Designing Web Navigation
Thoroughly written for today's web environment, this bestselling book offers the best look at a critical topic of website development: navigation design. Learn how to best create and format the 5 types of website navigation.
Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Search engines, journalists, editors, and users prefer sites that are simple and easy to use. Though not all advice presented in this book is search-engine friendly, the information will help website owners create sites that enhance the end-user experience and increase sales conversions.
Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
If I had to select only one book that would be required reading in a website design class, this one would be it. Even though Don't Make Me Think is classified as a usability book, it is a must-read for all user experience designers who plan on creating user-friendly websites. Provides usability reviews and site design problem-solving.
Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Usability gurus Jakob Nielson and Marie Tahir present 113 guidelines for a user-friendly home page and analyze the home pages of popular websites such as About.com and Microsoft. Great book for determining the effectiveness of your home page.
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Websites
Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond
The Polar Bear Book has been THE industry standard for information architecture. Required reading for everyone involved in a website project: information architects, navigation designers, web designers/developers, usability/UX pros, and online marketers.
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