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Process Modeling Style

Process Modeling Style

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On Apr 15, 2014 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management

Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management

The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management

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On Apr 12, 2014 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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A Web for Everyone

A Web for Everyone

Designing Accessible User Experiences

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 26, 2014 Cerys Willoughby wrote: his is an easy to read and informative guide on designing accessible user experiences
A well designed web page, mobile app, or software program should be usable for anyone. In addition to provided detailed advice on designing for accessibility, this book also provides realistic personas to highlight the needs of people from a diverse array of backgrounds and how accessible technology can have a positive impact on people's lives. Full Review >

The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence

The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence

How to Project Confidence, Conviction, and Authority

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jan 24, 2014 Cerys Willoughby wrote: A quick guide to presentation skills and communication for business leaders
In the business world, leaders are expected to be able to present and communicate confidently and authoritatively to their teams, customers, and executives. For most of us public speaking is terrifying and even the best leaders can be let down by poor presentation skills. This book provides some key tips on how to prepare PowerPoint presentations to maximise their effects, how to prepare for a speech, and how to behave during the speech to engage with the audience and project confidence and authority. This book is worth a read if you have to do a presentation and need some tips on how to prepare and overcome nerves, or if you are a leader and are having problems getting your message across. Full Review >

Web Form Design

Web Form Design

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 19, 2014 Cerys Willoughby wrote: A helpful guide to good form design
Web forms are the major way that people interact with websites, online companies, and web applications. The difference between a good form and a bad form can lead to satisfied and engaged customers, or alternatively customer frustration and a significant loss of revenue. No-one enjoys filling in forms, and what may seem like trivial design changes can have a massive impact on whether customers are willing to complete it. This book draws on research studies and insights from leading designers to provide a thorough guide to the issues and best practices around form design. Full Review >

Designing for Behavior Change

Designing for Behavior Change

Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 7, 2014 Cerys Willoughby wrote: An interesting and thorough guide to designing effective products
This easy to read and interesting book provides practical guidance on how to create products that help people to change their behaviour and daily routines. The book provides an introduction to why people behaviour in a particular way, why it might be desirable to change certain behaviours, and strategies for behaviour change. The book continues to detail an in-depth process to design, develop, and define products that can be used to create products that help users to change their behaviour. Full Review >

Theory of Fun for Game Design

Theory of Fun for Game Design

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Nov 22, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: An opinion piece on why games are the way they are now and how they should develop in the future
If you are looking for ideas about why games look and behave the way they do now, why many are repetitive, derivative and fairly stagnant at this point in time, and want an opinion about they could evolve in the future then this book will be of interest to you. If you're interested in games design and why people want to play games, then you will probably find this interesting and easier to read than a formal book on game design theory. If you want a book that will give you ideas for the an entirely revolutionary game, it might give you that so long as you can read between the lines and make the leap on your own. Full Review >

Mining the Social Web

Mining the Social Web

Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, GitHub, and More

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 20, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: A comprehensive guide to data mining a variety of sources using Python
Social media is an amazing source of data just waiting to be analysed. This book provides helpful examples of how to mine a variety of data sources using Python, a powerful programming language that simplifies access to the social networking APIs. Full Review >

The Art of iPhone Photography

The Art of iPhone Photography

Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 30, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: A fascinating book demonstrating techniques for creating awesome art on your iPhone
The emphasis on art in the title of this book is not misplaced. Rather than being a standard 'how to' of how to use your iPhone to take photographs and how to use one of the myriad of photographic apps to tidy your photographs up, this book is about how to use your iPhone to create not just photography but art. Full Review >

Beautiful LEGO

Beautiful LEGO

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 6, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: A beautiful book with amazing Lego models!
This book is packed with creative, artistic, and inspirational models. If you are a Lego enthusiast (like me) you’ll definitely want it! Full Review >

Learning to Photograph - Volume 2

Learning to Photograph - Volume 2

Visual Concepts and Composition

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 20, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: Brilliant guide to the why and how of composing good photographs
This book doesn't give you a list of `rules' for designing images, but provides you with a wealth of explanation on how people perceive images, how different design elements come together to make a successful image, and different techniques and tips for how to utilise these different elements effectively for yourself. The book is very easy to read, but also packed full of interesting material and excellent advice. Each chapter has many photographs and diagrams to illustrate points about the theory and effects that are discussed in the text, making it very clear and easy to see what the authors mean and how this might apply to your own work. Full Review >

Blender Master Class

Blender Master Class

A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 8, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: Thorough guide for new users
Blender is a free 3d modelling tool. For a new user, however, the interface is extremely daunting, and a good guide to get the best out of this powerful tool is essential. Ben's book provides an in-deth introduction to using Blender using three real-world projects from designing the concepts for the projects, all the way through creating models, sculpting, and rendering. Full Review >

Human-Computer Interaction

Human-Computer Interaction

An Empirical Research Perspective

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 11, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: An excellent resource for HCI and HCI research
This book provides an excellent, well written, easy to understand, and interesting introduction to this fascinating field of research. The book has two main sections, the first provides a thorough background to HCI, while the second deals with best practices for conducting HCI research. This is an excellent resource for students, teachers, practitioners, and anyone who is interested in HCI. Full Review >

Git Pocket Guide

Git Pocket Guide

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 18, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote: An excellent guide to Git
Although this book is titled ‘Pocket Guide’ it contains a thorough coverage of Git tasks and detailed explanations to accompany them making it useful for complete novices and experienced users. The book also provides best practice advice helping you to get the most out of Git from the start. Full Review >

Analyzing the Analyzers

Analyzing the Analyzers

An Introspective Survey of Data Scientists and Their Work

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On Jul 7, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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WordPress: The Missing Manual

WordPress: The Missing Manual

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On Jul 6, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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On Jun 11, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Physics for Game Developers

Physics for Game Developers

Science, math, and code for realistic effects

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On Jun 9, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

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On May 10, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Designing Games

Designing Games

A Guide to Engineering Experiences

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On Mar 30, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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See What I Mean

See What I Mean

How To Use Comics to Communicate Ideas

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On Feb 17, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

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On Jan 14, 2013 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Make It So

Make It So

Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction

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On Nov 26, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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The Web Designer's Roadmap

The Web Designer's Roadmap

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 25, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote: “The Web Designer’s Roadmap” by Giovanni DiFeterici; O’Reilly Media
One of the difficulties of designing any interface, whether it is for the web, for a mobile device, or for desktop software is knowing where to start, how to get the ideas, and how to turn those ideas into an effective interface design. The Web Designer’s Roadmap is a handy… Full Review >

Team Geek

Team Geek

A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others

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On Sep 2, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote: “Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others” by Brian W. Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman; O’Reilly Media
One of the most important aspects of creating great software is working effectively with a team, and that team includes not only other software developers, but also the extended development organisation, the corporate structure, and not forgetting customers. The aim of this book is to help developers be more effective… Full Review >

The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra

The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra

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On Jul 13, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Color Edition

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Color Edition

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On Jun 11, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Gamification by Design

Gamification by Design

Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jun 6, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Developing Enterprise iOS Applications

Developing Enterprise iOS Applications

iPhone and iPad Apps for Companies and Organizations

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On May 10, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote:
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Tap, Move, Shake

Tap, Move, Shake

Turning Your Game Ideas into iPhone & iPad Apps

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 21, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote: “Tap, Move, Shake” by Todd Moore; O’Reilly Media
As a relative newbie, I’ve been avidly searching for books to help me learn IOS programming. I have to say that up until now, I have been unimpressed with the titles I have tried. That has just changed when I found”Tap, Move, Shake” by Todd Moore. I wish this book… Full Review >

Breaking the Page: Preview Edition

Breaking the Page: Preview Edition

Cerys's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jan 5, 2012 Cerys Willoughby wrote: “Breaking the Page (Preview Edition)” by Peter Meyers; O’Reilly Media
As an author and usability person I was keen to read this book about ‘transforming books and the reading experience’, a subject that has been a professional interest of mine for several years. This version of the book is the Review version, so it is not entirely complete and polished.… Full Review >

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