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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a great place to start


I don't know how many years ago I first read Robin William's "A Mac is not a Typewriter." It started me thinking from a designer's point of view. I've read several of her books since and recommend them to my students, this one especially.
This book is an excellent introduction to typography, and using typography in design for a beginner and a good refresher for the more experienced. Williams explains technical terms with a lightness and ease I envy. She makes good design concepts seem obvious not obscure or difficult. This is an excellent primer and reading it would benefit countless self-trained desktop publishers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best


Well written, easy to follow. A real "page-turner".
(I can't wait for the movie version...)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect 10


Best book to learn about computer for novice to A+ Certified professionals.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Contextual Design : A Customer-Centered Approach to Systems Designs
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
explains the customer's role in product design


Contextual Design explains the customer's role in product design to high-tech product teams. It gives techniques and procedures on how to integrate customers (and potential customers) into the development cycle. The most important section for product managers is the chapter on techniques for interviewing (called "Contextual Inquiry" in the book's lexicon) details how to conduct an onsite interview, what to watch for, and which follow-up questions to ask. While geared to the systems analyst, the book is valuable to anyone responsible for gathering prospect problems at an onsite meeting.