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Unexpected Classics of User Experience Design

Genevieve Conaty
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."
Perfumes: The Guide
Perfumes: The Guide
"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."
Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker
Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker
"This book is one of the best ways I know to ward off a nervous breakdown. Reading Anthony Lane’s 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 – he says that movie reviews “should give off the authentic reek of the concession stand.”"
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
"Scott McCloud’s discussion of how comics work – from how they depict the passage of time to how they have evolved from earlier modes of communication – is extremely relevant to the design of user interfaces for i.e. websites and software apps, which are basically a form of “sequential art” themselves."
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
"Once I learned what “postmodernism” was, I realized that there was a deconstructionist classic right in our preschool: “The Monster at the End of this Book.” 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 he’s funnier too!"
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
"Lydia Davis has an unsettling but sublime ability to make you think about the actual experience of reading. For example, in “Oral History (with Hiccups),” she tells what seems to be a simple story of a blended family – but with visual hiccups (“My husband and I have decided to ad     opt the girls”) that create a spooky stutter in your own reading, belying the apparent calm of the narrator."