I developed a habit of buying a book each month (mostly e-books). Time is passing and I'm trying to read as much as possible. I believe in books more than I believe in tutorials. Here are the books that are currently keeping me occupied:
In the following months I will dive in more into AI and the use of chatbots and conversational user interfaces, so in order to be more prepared for what's ahead I've managed to discover this little gem thanks to Ion. I'm still at the first chapters and I can't wait to discover all the Voice User Interfaces principles the author has to offer.
Another great piece on chatbots, but this time with more focus on platforms such as Messenger, Kik, Slack, Google Assistant and many more. When I bought the draft, the book was still being written, now I see it has been fully released. Nice!
Designing for touch
I had the opportunity to see Josh Clark in action while participating at UX Bucharest (1st edition, 2015). Being impressed with his IoT knowledge, I had no hesitations when I saw he had a book. The best part that it covers design for physical medium, not just mobile devices. Being a gadget buff, the book represents a great pleasure to read.
Designing Interface Animation
If you browse animations on Dribbble and you want to learn the core of UI animation, I highly recommend you give Val Head's book a try. She really does a great job taking you through various animation types, each with clear examples (videos included). Also, you should really check out her newsletter.
Product design for web
I don't remember how I found this book and I admit I only bought it out of curiosity. Yes, I'm curious how the web designer = product designer debate goes along. Haven't started it yet.
I've been an early adopter of Brad Frost's vision since I first heard of atomic design. Moreover I successfully implemented it with the team for one of Grapefruit's major clients. Moreover we are planning to adopt it for another big player.
The Sketch Handbook
I'm moving more and more to Sketch. Not fully switched since I have Adobe CC at work, but all my side projects are now done in Sketch. I really enjoy reading this book since is jam-packed with tones of tips and tricks.
User Experience Revolution
In a time where we need to fight for what UX stands, means and consists of (especially in Romania, trust me), Paul Boag's new book comes a breathing space and light of hope on how we can advocate UX the proper way.
No surprises here. It was pretty obvious that I will pursue more product knowledge and opportunities, especially having support from Marius and Georgiana and their MIT Bootcamp experience. I'm halfway through the book and let me tell you... it's a woosie. I'm taking notes with each step in order to fully understand the concept presented.