Archives for Book summaries

Book summary: Designing with the Mind in Mind

This is my summary of “Designing with the Mind in Mind” by Jeff Johnson, a book about user interface design that explores the reasons why those principles work. Introduction How valuable are UI design guidelines depends on who applies them. They often describe goals, not actions, so they can’t be followed like a recipe. They […]

Book summary and review: Bodies

This is my summary of “Bodies”, by Susie Orbach. It’s a book about the relationship to our body and how it affects us and our life. As this book is sort of similar to “Who are we” in the sense that there are several general points being made and most of the book are stories […]

Book summary: Envisioning information

These are my notes about “Envisioning information” by Edward R. Tufte. It’s not a normal summary because most of the content needs the graphics, plots and figures being discussed. The following notes cover the whole book (six chapters). EDIT: Manuela wrote another, easier to read summary. Escaping flatland The methods in this book work to […]

Book summary: Pragmatic Thinking & Learning (III)

This is the third and last part of my summary of Pragmatic Thinking & Learning, by Andy Hunt. See parts one and two on this same blog. This part will cover chapters “Gain experience”, “Manage Focus” and “Beyond Expertise”. Gain experience Your brain is made to learn by exploring and building mental models on your […]

Book summary: Pragmatic Thinking & Learning (II)

This is the second part of my summary of Andy Hunt’s “Pragmatic Thinking & Learning”. See the first part on this blog. This part will cover chapters ”Get in Your Right Mind”, “Debug Your Mind” and ”Learn Deliberately”. Get in Your Right Mind A good way to involve your brain more is to use more […]

Book summary: Pragmatic Thinking & Learning

This is the first part of my summary of “Pragmatic Thinking & Learning“, by Andy Hunt. It’s a book about how the brain works and how to take more advantage of it. It explores many interesting topics, like learning, focusing, the brain modes of operation, etc. Do note that I’ll skip many techniques/lessons in the […]

Book summary: Prototyping (II)

This is the second half of my summary for the book “Prototyping” by Todd Zaki Warfel. See the first part on this blog. It will cover chapters 4-12, which talk about the guiding principles for prototyping, prototyping tools and how to test your prototype. Principles Most prototyping mistakes come from either (1) building too much […]

Book summary: Prototyping (I)

This is the first half of my summary for the book “Prototyping” by Todd Zaki Warfel. See my review of the book in Goodreads (one-sentence summary of the review: “a tad disappointing”). It will cover the first three chapters, “The Value of Prototyping”, “The Prototyping Process” and “Five Types of Prototypes”. The second half will […]

Book Summary: Who are we — and should it matter in the 21st century

This is my summary of the book “Who are we — and should it matter in the 21st century”, by Gary Younge, about identity and nationalism in a globalised world. This time, instead of following the structure of the book, I’m going to do something similar to what Josh Kaufman does with his summaries: extract […]

Book summary: Freedom from Command & Control (II)

This is the second half of my summary of “Freedom from Command & Control”, by John Seddon. See the first part of the summary on this blog. This second part will cover chapters five to nine. As I said, the book also has an epilogue (“Revisiting Taylorism”) and an addendum (“The better way to improve […]