Category Archives: Readings

Notes on papers, books, etc I am reading. May include excerpts directly from them. These ideas *do not* reflect the points of view of the original authors.

Resources on Experience Design, a selection

Here are some resources/references/publications on Experience Design that were used to develop a Tutorial at CSCW 2011 in China that Elizabeth Goodman, Marco de Sa and I prepared and delivered. Thanks to all Facebook friends who offered suggestions.

CAVEAT: This is NOT an exhaustive list obviously; there are some excellent resources out there. These just happen to be some we used when creating the tutorial. We also drew on some of the content that was taught at a workshop at UX Week 2010.


Industry perspectives on UX design

  • Peter Merholz, Todd Wilkens, Brandon Schauer, and David Verba (2008), Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design. O’Reilly Media.
  • Bill Moggridge (2006) Designing Interactions. MIT Press
  • Mike Kuniavsky (2010) Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design, Morgan Kaufman

Skills and techniques

  • Kim Goodwin (2009) Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services, Wiley Publishing

Sketching and prototyping

  • Bill Buxton (2007) Sketching User Experiences, Elsevier (hovers in between academic and industry perspectives)
  • Dan Roam (2009) The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, Penguin Group USA


  • Roger Martin (2009) The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage, Harvard Business School Publishing.
  • Tim Brown with Barry Katz (2009) Change by Design. How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, Harper Collins.
  • Alan Cooper (1999) The Inmates are Running the Asylum, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.

Psychology and philosophy of experience

  • Don Norman (1998) The Design of Everyday Things. MIT Press
  • M Csikszentmihalyi (2003) Good Business: Leadership. Flow and the Making of Meaning (Viking, New York)
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1998). Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life. Basic Books.
  • Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass (1996) The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places, University of Chicago Press.
  • Peter Wright & John McCarthy (2004) Technology As Experience. MIT press
  • Tor Nørretranders (1998). The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size. Viking.
  • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Trans: Colin Smith. Phenomenology of Perception (London: Routledge, 2005)
  • Wolfgang Iser (1980) The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response, John Hopkins University Press

Visual design

  • Stop Stealing Sheep (type usage)
  • UI


  • Scott McCloud (2006) Making Comics, Harper
  • John Hart (2008) The Art of the Storyboard, Second Edition: A filmmaker’s introduction. Elsevier.
  • Wendy Tumminello (2004) Exploring Storyboarding (Design Exploration). Thomson Learning.


  • Steven Douglas Katz (1991) Film directing shot by shot: visualizing from concept to screen, Focal Press (on movie making; good for video and transitional literacy)
  • Scott Kelby (2006) The Digital Photography Book, Peachpit Press

Some other books/resources we have drawn on in the past

  • Richard Saul Wurman (2000) Information Anxiety 2, Pearson Education
  • Works by Edward Tufte
  • Hiroshi Ishii’s work.
  • Neil Gershenfeld (1999) When Things Start to Think, Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Brain Rules by John Medina (see also
    What the Bleep Do We Know? (and ancillary pieces, such as the movie and the Web site)
  • Richard Sexton (1987) American Style Classic Product Design from Airstream to Zippo

Online resources

We also watched a number of short presentations and interviews online with Experience Design researchers, practitioners and luminaries.

Gitte’s references

THANKS for these Gitte – excellent list of references, I want to read several papers right now!

Arthur, Brian
2002 Is the Information Revolution Dead? Business 2.0. March 2002:65-72.
2003 Why Tech Is Still the Future. Fortune Magazine, Monday, Nov. 24.

Baba, M. L., J. Gluesing, H. Ratner, and K. H. Wagner. 2004. The Context of Knowing: Natural History of a Globally Distributed Team. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 25(5), 547-587. (GDT)

Cramton, Catherine Durnell
2002 Attribution in Distributed Work Groups. Pp. 191-212 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Davey, Theresa, Anastasia Envall, Mark Gernerd, Tiffanne Mahomes, Maria Monroe, Jenna Nowak, Matthew Patricoski, Jacob Weiler
2005 Instant Messaging: Functions of a New Communicative Tool. Messaging.pdf. [Very interesting paper written by a group of students in an anthro class at Notre Dame University]

David, Ken and J. R. Lloyd
2003 Tools for organizational learning and organizational teaching: Learning and communicating about collaboration in dispersed engineering design projects.” Chapter 21 of Field Book in Collaborative Work Systems, G. Klein and J. Nemiro, eds. Center for the Study of Work Teams, University of North Texas. Jossey-Bass.

Gibson, Cristina B. and Susan G. Cohen, eds.
2003 Virtual Teams that Work: Creating Conditions for Virtual Team Effectiveness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Grinter, Rebecca, James D. Herbsleb and Dewayne E. Perry
1999 The Geography of Coordination: Dealing with Distance in R&D Work. GROUP 99: 306-

Herbsleb, James D. and Rebecca E. Grinter
1998 Conceptual Simplicity Meets Organizational Complexity: Case Study of a Corporate Metrics Program. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Engineering. Pp. 271-280. Kyoto, Japan: IEEE.

Herbsleb on attribution

Herbsleb and Grinter

Hind, Pamela and Sara Kiesler, eds.
2002 Distributed Work. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Hine, Christine
2000 Virtual Ethnography. London: SAGE.

Jones, Steve., ed.
1999 Doing Internet Research: Critical Issues and Methods for Examining the Net. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Jordan on learning and work

Jordan on diffusion?

Kiesler and Cummings
2002 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds.

Kitchin, Rob
1998 Cyberspace: The World in Wires. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Kraut et al
2002 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds.

Mannix, Elizabeth, Terri Griffith and Margaret Neale
2002 The Phenomenology of Conflict in Distributed Work Teams. p. 212- 233 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds.

Mason, Bruce
2003 Issues in Virtual Ethnography. In: Ethnographic Studies in Real and Virtual Environments: Inhabited Information Spaces and Connected Communities. Proceedings of 1999 Esprit i3 Workshop on Ethnographic Studies, K. Buckner, ed.

2002 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds.

Olson et al
2002 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds.

Ruhleder, Karen and Brigitte Jordan
2001 Co-Constructing Non-Mutual Realities: Delay-Generated Trouble in Distributed Interaction. Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work 10:1:113-138.

Suchman on learning + work

Walther on attribution

Wasson, Christina
2004 Multitasking in Virtual Meetings. Human Resource Planning 27(4):47-60.

Weisband, Susan: Maintaining Awareness in Distributed Team Collaboration: Implications for Leadership and Performance. Pp. 311-333 in Distributed Work, Pamela Hinds and Sara Kiesler, eds.

References for cybersociality paper

** References we have talked about for this paper specifically

Hine, C. 2000. Virtual ethnography. London, Thousand Oaks & New Delhi: Sage.

** References I have just dug up (some again)

Boym, S. 2001. Nostalgia and global culture: from outer space to cyberspace. In The
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Eichhorn, K. 2001. Sites unseen: ethnographic research in a textual community.
Qualitative Studies in Education 14 (4): 565-78.

Adi Kuntsman (Lancaster University) Cyberethnography as home-work1 Anthropology Matters Journal 2004, Vol 6 (2)

Markham, A.N. 2004. Reconsidering self and other: the methods, politics, and ethics
of representation in online ethnography. In Handbook of qualitative research (eds)
N.K. Denzin & Y.S. Lincoln. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Miller, D. & D. Slater. 2000. The internet: an ethnographic approach. Oxford: Berg.

Paccagnella, L. 1997. Getting the seats of your pants dirty: Strategies for
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** Refernces fron Moore previous papers

** References from JOrdan previous papers

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