The list author says: "There are some great user experience design textbooks out there (for example, I like this list: http://astore.amazon.com/i03b1-20) -- but these apparently unrelated books are the ones that really make me think about what experiences are and how to design them."
"Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez miraculously recreate in words the olfactory experience of each perfume they review. They have a gift for the telling and often hilarious detail -- for example, about Elizabeth Taylor's "White Diamonds," Sanchez writes, "Seems designed to waft up from cleavage." I open this book at random any time I need inspiration about how to create a great experience."
"This book is one of the best ways I know to ward off a nervous breakdown. Reading Anthony LaneÂs smart and jaunty writing always makes me feel smarter and more jaunty myself. I consider this book an experience design classic because he reviews movies by describing the experience that they offer the viewer Â he says that movie reviews Âshould give off the authentic reek of the concession stand.Â"
"Scott McCloudÂs discussion of how comics work Â from how they depict the passage of time to how they have evolved from earlier modes of communication Â is extremely relevant to the design of user interfaces for i.e. websites and software apps, which are basically a form of Âsequential artÂ themselves."
"Once I learned what ÂpostmodernismÂ was, I realized that there was a deconstructionist classic right in our preschool: ÂThe Monster at the End of this Book.Â Throughout the book, Grover is determined to prevent you from turning the page and reaching the monster. Thus he makes you think more about the actual experience of reading a book than anything by Derrida or Foucault, and heÂs funnier too!"
"Lydia Davis has an unsettling but sublime ability to make you think about the actual experience of reading. For example, in ÂOral History (with Hiccups),Â she tells what seems to be a simple story of a blended family Â but with visual hiccups (ÂMy husband and I have decided to ad opt the girlsÂ) that create a spooky stutter in your own reading, belying the apparent calm of the narrator."