Peter Morville (@morville) is a pioneer of the fields of information architecture and user experience. His best-selling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Ambient Findability, Search Patterns and Intertwingled. He advises such clients as AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, Macy's, the Library of Congress, and the National Cancer Institute. His work has been covered by Business Week, The Economist, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy.
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"The reader will find Ambient Findability loose in its definitions but rich in ideas about creating online visibility: how to stand and be found."
"Search Patterns is an absolutely outstanding book. I dont get excited about search-related books very often but this one totally captivated me."
"Any library strong in web design must have this search-specific reference."
"...I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about search and especially more about how to design could search interfaces."
"It's an excellent, must-read book for the user experience community."
"This book is a monumental achievement. The authors have provided a guidebook to a largely unexplored and immensely important territory. Reading it requires attention, effort, and exploration."
"Not only is this a fun book to read, but it is really useful, particularly in communicating about both the conceptual and nuts-and-bolts aspects of search design.building for people...
For the beginner interested in learning how to build search, Search Patterns is an excellent introduction. "
"This book makes a good job in cataloging and exploring a wide range of search applications...Its writing style is quite smart and easy to follow, and the book also succeeds to keep a good equilibrium between textual and visual contributions."
"It is superbly written..."
"I love this book! Thanks to Peter and Jeffery, I now know that search (yes, boring old yucky who cares search) is one of the coolest ways around of looking at the world.
"Search Patterns is a delight to read -- very thoughtful and thought provoking. It's the most comprehensive survey of designing effective search experiences I've seen.
"Search Patterns is a fabulous must-have book! Inside, you'll learn the why's and where's of practically every modern search design trick and technique.
"As one who searches a lot (and often ends up frustrated), Search Patterns is a revelation.
"Search is swiftly transforming everything we know, yet people don't understand how mavens design search: by stacking breadcrumbs, scenting widgets, and keeping eyeballs on the engine. I urge you to put your eyeballs on this unique and important book.
"It's not often I come across a book that asks profound questions about a fundamental human activity, and then proceeds to answer those questions with practical observations and suggestions. Search Patterns is an expedition into the heart of the web and human cognition, and for me it was a delightful journey that delivered scores of insights.
"Search Patterns is a playful guide to the practical concerns of search interface design. It contains a bonanza of screenshots and illustrations that capture the best of todays design practices and presents a fresh perspective on the broader role of search and discovery.
"If you are interested in this important discipline, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web should be the first book you read on the subject."
"From start to finish, this book is easy to read, at times even deceptively so. Thanks to the authors efforts, the book is casual yet so thoughtful at the same time. It is apparent that Morville completed a lot of up-front work to establish a strong structure. Because he is an accomplished
writer, the structure never dominates, but its always there below the surface. The chapters move in a logical sequence
and with good rhythm from Morvilles opening statements, through a host of data, theory, and discussion, to a compelling (but somewhat open-ended) finish. Through it all, it is clear that Morville respects his reader. This book is a conversation with a colleague, not a lecture from an ivory tower. I highly recommend not just reading this book, but taking some time to reflect on it. If Morville can help us to look before we leap into this brave new convergent
world, he has made an important contribution indeed."
"This book (in its first and second editions) didnt become a classic without reason. With extensive treatment of everything from classifying data, to content mapping, to building an IA team, the authors have built a lasting reference for novices and sophisticates alike. Here is a guide to consult repeatedly as you come across specific problems that the book addresses...In the end, the authors achieve their dual objectives of teaching good information architecture practices, and helping the architects illustrate their worth to the unconvinced."
"The authors present a new way of thinking about information architecture that includes building Web sites that support co-creation, and designing for access by mobile devices and multiple platforms. Their emphasis is on making large Web sites easier to navigate, and for making large amounts of information more accessible."
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