Book Signing at UXAwards.org San Francisco 11th September 2014

Here are few photos of the book signing evet at http://UXAwards.org SFO 11th September 2014

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An Evening with Don Norman (Design of Everyday Things)

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It was great seeing so many familiar faces, as well as many new faces at our latest meetup with Don Norman, held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business! We met many awesome designers, heard about many exciting opinions on the future of design, and of course had a great exchange with Don Norman himself! To those who couldn’t get enough of Don (just as we did), and found the design tips from Don insufficient, here are some lovely still captures of the event to spark your memory, and a full video record of the entire evening’s session! Enjoy! 🙂

This special end-of-year mega meetup was jointly organized by the Vorkspace team and Stanford Graduate of Business. It was held at the CEMEX auditorium of the Stanford GSB. 11484154923_41886eb14c_b
The King of design, Don Norman 🙂
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Don is not only a prominent figure in the design world, he is also an experienced founder of startups, an author, and a very captivating speaker!
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The Q&A session with Don, hosted by Professor Yossi Feinberg, Faculty Director of the Stanford Ignite program. 11484803173_a8f6e4814a_b
Don was, as usual, very excited while describing his opinions and experiences on design.
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The packed 500-seater auditorium…
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… with long queues to ask Don Norman questions ranging from design to startups to his philosophy of life.
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Of course, we did not forget to make sure everyone stays warm and happy during the after-event — yes, with alcohol!
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Some said the after-event was the TRUE event. Because they got to get up and close with Don, with his book signing and photo-taking session!
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We probably had the entire auditorium form a line to get Don’s signature on his book “The Design of Everyday Things”!
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Happy and satisfied fans of Don Norman, the author who is also an awesome designer and ex-VP of Apple.
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  OMG, I’m right next to Don Norman!!!!!
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Happily and proudly brought to you by the Vorkspace team (V is for Vorkspace, in case you were wondering)
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And Don Norman
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Happy holidays everyone!!
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See you at our next meetup on Jan 13th 2014!!

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CHOICE Reviews Digital Design Essentials as Recommended — A. R. Hutchinson, Will Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Digital Design Essentials book reviewed by CHOICE magazine, a premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest’

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“This reference work illustrates 100 usability design tips for websites and other applications across devices, not only for aesthetics but also for functionality and ease of use. Lal, a digital product designer, addresses advanced website functions, including the creation of a shopping cart, reviews and ratings, mobile commerce, touch screen interfaces, infographics, APIs, and other current technologies. Each topic features a short instructional page with bullet-point recommendations and tips on what to include. A facing page shows real-world examples and/or case studies. Some of the text instructions refer readers to other entries with related design concepts. The content, organized into sections titled “Desktop,” “Web,” “Mobile,” and “Miscellaneous,” is well indexed. Rather than being a technical manual on how to create websites, widgets, or other applications, this volume presents best practices from an ease-of-use perspective. The examples undoubtedly will become outdated soon, but they represent some of the best illustrations of contemporary usability design. The rapid evolution of technology means that few books are available to compare with this one. It will be useful to those interested and/or active in web development or mobile app development.

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, general readers, professionals/practitioners.

–A. R. Hutchinson, Will Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Copyright 2013 American Library The Association

http://www.cro3.org/content/51/03/51-1238.full

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Get a Signed copy of Digital Design Essentials

I have 8 copies of the Book left from the Book signing event at Digital Design Innovation Summit at SFO. So a chance to get a signed copy of the book.

Here are few photos from the event!

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Send me $25 (shipping included) by paypal to connectrajesh@hotmail with your address. I will send you the signed book. Hurry Up! Only 8 copies left.

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Evolution of User Interface: My Session at Digital Web & Design Innovation Summit SFO 20 Sept 2013 @iRajLal

Do you know about WIMP? The Natural or Organic Interface? Zooming Interface? And what the heck is the Intelligent UI? Where are all these interfaces coming from. What about the Gesture, Haptics, Pen based and touch and even multi touch interfaces?

In this session learn from the Author of Digital Design Essentials: 100 ways to Design better Desktop, Web and Mobile Interfaces, the intriguing story of the Digital Interface. How the digital Interface started from Command line to WIMP Interface to GUI and now became the most debated topic in the design industry, Skeumorphic Design or Modern UI. See how, with the revolution of devices digital interface took turn to Natural, Touch and Organic User Interfaces. See how User Interface has evolved in last twenty years. See how the current trends in touch screens, text to speech and AI are molding the mere fabric of the User Interface and how the user adoption still is the key to a successful User Interface Design.

http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/digital-design-sanfran-2013#overview

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Going Behind UI: 5 intriguing story of User Interface (Article at HowDesign.com)

User interface design is a force within the design industry. It’s an area of the profession with a great deal of momentum–and it continues to grow and change the landscape of design as we know it.

As important as user interface design is to the industry, not every designer is well-versed in UI. So whether you’re experienced in user interface or you specialize in another area of design, we’ve compiled five unique user interfaces (UI) and the stories behind them for a sneak peek into this wild world.

Did you know that a 10-foot interface isn’t actually 10 feet long? Or, that a zooming interface allows for an unlimited amount of data to be displayed? Check out how user interfaces have evolved over time based on user-adoption and advancement in technologies.

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Check out the complete article at http://www.howdesign.com/resources-education/web-design-resources-technology/interesting-world-of-ui/

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My Session on Evolution of Digital Interface

Learn about digital interfaces in my session at Digital Web and Design Innovation summit at  San Francisco 19-20 September

Get a signed copy of Digital Design Essentials at Digital Design and Web Innovation Summit SFO

Get a signed copy of Digital Design Essentials, 19-20 Sept SFO

Checkout my session on Digital Interfaces

Evolution of the Digital User Interface

Do you know about WIMP? The Natural or Organic Interface? Zooming Interface? And what the heck is the Intelligent UI? Where are all these interfaces coming from. What about the Gesture, Haptics, Pen based and touch and even multi touch interfaces?

In this session learn from the Author of Digital Design Essentials: 100 ways to Design better Desktop, Web and Mobile Interfaces, the intriguing story of the Digital Interface. How the digital Interface started from Command line to WIMP Interface to GUI and now became the most debated topic in the design industry, Skeumorphic Design or Modern UI. See how, with the revolution of devices digital interface took turn to Natural, Touch and Organic User Interfaces. See how User Interface has evolved in last twenty years. See how the current trends in touch screens, text to speech and AI are molding the mere fabric of the User Interface and how the user adoption still is the key to a successful User Interface Design.

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“Digital Design Essentials” Book Review and Q&A with Raj Lal at GraphicDesign.com

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming title of Raj Lal’s new book “Digital Design Essentials: 100 Ways to Design Better Desktop, Web, and Mobile Interfaces”. Far from being a basic primer, “Digital Design Essentials” clearly illustrates the how and why behind user interface (UI) design thinking and best practices from multiple perspectives (UI, UX and graphic design) across a full range of interfaces (desktop, mobile, web and television).

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Digital Design Essentials – Infographic Design Page

A quick look at the table of contents shows the range of topics covered—from why the UI behind Microsoft’s Notepad application is successful to how iPhone’s Instagram application creates a “seamless” user experience through complete integration with the device itself, to perhaps less commonly encountered UI challenges such as Yupp TV’s 10-foot interface.

Described on the back cover as a “comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of user interface (UI) design,” “Digital Design Essentials” does not disappoint. Through 100 annotated examples, each accompanied by concise design guidelines and best practices; alongside supplemental case studies, Lal distills complex information into easily digestible parts.

Unlike other texts, which may be too technical for new comers to UI or potentially overwhelm a reader with too many examples, Digital Design Essentials features a clearly curated representational cross section of UI challenges and solutions.

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Metro / Modern UI

Organized by interface with visual examples in each category accompanied by a summary, notes on best practices, design guidelines and user experience along with cross references “Digital Design Essentials” is structured to be easily navigable—equally lending itself to being a quick reference on the job or in the classroom. Much like Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think” and Josh Clark’s “Tapworthy,” Raj Lal’s “Digital Design Essentials” is sure to be a staple on my top recommended design books list.

checkout the complete Interview at http://www.graphicdesign.com/article/digital-design-essentials-review-raj-lal/

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Evolution of User Interface – an Interview with Emily Potts

Evolution of User Interface – an Interview with Emily Potts, Editor of Rockport PaperInc online magazine.

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What is a User Interface? How did it all begin?

A User Interface (UI) is the virtual point of contact between a user and a digital product. When a user interacts with a device there are five main actors: the user, the physical point of contact, the virtual point of contact, the software itself, and the hardware device where the software is running. The earliest type of interface was called Command Line Interface, where a keyboard was used to access a program in a computer using a set of commands. In this case, the keyboard is the physical point of contact, the set of commands is the virtual point of contact, the program itself is the software that reacts to the set of commands, and the computer is the hardware device as shown in Figure 1.

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Complete interview at rockpaperink website

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Interview with Raj Lal on Designing User Friendly Interfaces at HOW Interactive Design by Erin Prus

Raj Lal Makes User-Interface Design More User-Friendly

Digital Design Essentials: 100 Ways to Design Better Desktop, Web and Mobile Interfaces is an encyclopedia-style, user-friendly guide to UI design. Author Raj Lal has compiled need-to-know UI design information and “make your life easier” UI tips and tricks to help streamline your design process.

So why do you need this book? Digital Design Essentials is chock full of live examples, design guidelines and best practices. In fact, Raj covers virtually every major UI concept with clear definitions and illustrations for easier understanding.

We recently spoke with Raj to find out what inspired him to produce such a helpful, tactically-oriented guide to support UI designers.

Raj, you’ve had a lot of success in your career with multiple books and a thriving professional life in Silicon Valley. In the midst of your personal work, speaking commitments and life in general, what inspired you to write Digital Design Essentials? 

I’ve always been fascinated with design and how it applies to software development. I myself like software that’s easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. Having a keen sense of design and passion for Human Computer Interaction, two books had a particularly deep impact on me. The first one, The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman, talks about how putting users first gives a new and correct perspective to design.

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Interesting. It seems that you’re clearly influenced by user-centered design. What’s the  second book that influenced this project?  

The book which actually triggered this book idea [Digital Design Essentials] was The Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell. It’s is a collection of 100 design concepts and amazing design principles. I realized that these concepts are great for coffee table discussion, but today’s graphic designers, web designers and mobile app designers also need practical advice when developing software applications.

Designers need to-the-point design guidelines, and they want to know the best practices. This gave birth to the idea of 100 software design examples, ranging from desktop software, web applications, mobile apps and tablet design that I call “Digital Design Essentials.” Best practices, design guidelines, tips for better User-Experience and popular case studies–together they are an essential reference for any developer or designer who is working on digital design and Human Computer Interaction.

– Read the complete interview at: http://www.howinteractivedesign.com/designing/user-interface-design-made-user-friendly

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You’ve said it well, Raj. Sounds like this book is any digital designer’s “essential” companion.

Raj will be presenting on “Evolution of the Digital User Interface” and signing copies of Digital Design Essentials at the Digital Web and Design Innovation Summit September 19-20, in San Francisco.

To see him in action: Check out Raj’s session from the HOW’s 2012 Interactive Conference in Washington D.C. 

Read the complete interview at: http://www.howinteractivedesign.com/designing/user-interface-design-made-user-friendly

 

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