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The Data Journalism Handbook

The data journalism handbook is a free, open source reference book for anyone interested in the emerging field of data journalism.

It was born at a 48 hour workshop at MozFest 2011 in London. It subsequently spilled over into an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners - including from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, ProPublica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others.

You can buy the book or use the free web version online.

The Data Journalism Handbook.

That’s not all, here’s a list of great high quality content free online UX books I have personally picked and recommend you to go through: Free User Experience books (Interaction design, HCI, web accessibility & Information Architecture)

Organizing digital information for others

This short free to download ebook explores how lists, categories, trees and facets can be better used to organize information for others. You also learn how metadata and taxonomies can connect different collections and increase the findability of information across the website or intranet.

Organizing digital information for others

Disclosure: I work for the company that released the ebook. None the less, I have included it here because it I think it deserves to be here.

Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik

Book cover- Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik

Title & Author

Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik

Description

Web Analytics: An Hour A Day is the first book by Avinash Kaushik, Analytics Evangelist for Google, is an expert in web analytics and the author of the top rated blog Occam’s Razor. An in the trenches practitioner of web analytics, he provides a unique insiders perspective of the challenges and opportunities that web analytics presents to each person in your organization that touches the web.

In this best selling book he goes beyond web analytics concepts and definitions to provide a step-by-step guide to implementing a successful web analytics strategy.

The book includes an innovative CD that will include over five hours of insightful audio podcasts, a 45 minute video presentation, PowerPoint presentations, and other useful web analytics resources.

Being the wonderful guy that he is, 100% of the author’s proceeds from the book are donated to charity. The proceeds will go to The Smile Train and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), to assist in their efforts to make our world a better place.

Publisher

Sybex (June 5, 2007)

ISBN

ISBN-10: 0470130652
ISBN-13: 978-0470130650

Purchase

India- From Flipkart
Elsewhere- From Amazon

Website for the book

Web Analytics: An Hour a Day- by Avinash Kaushik

Author’s website

Occam’s Razor by Avinash Kaushik

Free User Experience books (Interaction design, HCI, web accessibility & Information Architecture)

Free to read online books on Interaction Design

  1. Search User Interfaces- by Marti A. Hearst
  2. Web Style Guide- by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton
  3. Designing Interfaces- by Jenifer Tidwell (Most of the book is available online, not all of it, as pointed out by Amanda)
  4. Designing Mobile Interfaces- by Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman
  5. Thoughts on Interaction Design- by John Kolko. Contributions by Ellen Beldner, Uday Gajendar, Chris Connors and Justin Petro (no longer free)

Free to read online books on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

  1. The Psychology of Menu Selection: Designing Cognitive Control at the Human/Computer Interface- by Kent L. Norman
  2. Mental Models in Human-Computer Interaction: Research Issues About What the User of Software Knows- by John M. Carroll and Judith Reitman Olson (editors)

Free to read books on Web Accessibility

  1. Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design- by Shawn Henry
  2. Building accessible websites- by Joe Clark

Free to read online books on Information Architecture

  1. Introduction to Metadata - by Tony Gill, Anne J. Gilliland, Maureen Whalen, and Mary S. Woodley
  2. Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies: Terminology for Art, Architecture, and Other Cultural Works- by Patricia Harpring
  3. Categories for the Description of Works of Art- by Murtha Baca and Patricia Harpring

Free to read online books on Design for development

  1. Wicked problems: Problems worth solving- by Jon Kolko

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

Book cover for Designing interactions by Bill Moggridge

Title & Author

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

Description

Digital Technology has changed the way we interact with everything from the games we play to the tools we use at work.

Designers of digital technology products no longer regard their job as designing a physical object— beautiful or utilitarian— but as designing our interactions with it. In Designing Interactions, Bill Moggridge, designer of the first laptop computer (the GRiD Compass, 1981) and a founder of the design firm IDEO, tells us stories from an industry insider’s viewpoint, tracing the evolution of ideas from inspiration to outcome.

Moggridge and his interviewees discuss why a personal computers have windows in desktops, what made Palm’s handheld organizers so successful, what turns a game into a hobby, why Google is the search engine of choice, and why 30 million people in Japan choose the i-mode service for their cell phones. And Moggridge tells the story of his own design process and explains the focus on people and prototypes that has been successful at IDEO—how the needs and desires of people can inspire innovative designs and how prototyping methods are evolving for the design of digital technology.

Publisher

MIT Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)

ISBN

ISBN-10: 0-262-13474-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-13474-3

Purchase

From MIT Press

Website for the book

www.designinginteractions.com

Web Application Design Patterns by Pawan Vora

Book cover for Web Application Design Patterns by Pawan Vora- a book for interaction designers

Title & Author

Web Application Design Patterns by Pawan Vora

Description

Ever notice that in spite of their pervasiveness, designing web applications is still challenging? While their benefits motivate their creation, there are no well-established guidelines for design. This often results in inconsistent behaviors and appearances, even among web applications created by the same company. Design patterns for web applications, similar in concept to those for web sites and software design, offer an effective solution.

In Web Application Design Patterns, Pawan Vora documents design patterns for web applications by not only identifying design solutions for user interaction problems, but also by examining the rationale for their effectiveness, and by presenting how they should be applied.

Audience

User interface designers, usability professionals, application developers working on commercial or intranet type products, and product management and project management.

Reviews

This is the type of book you’ll want to read with your entire team and a flip chart, because every page will produce a list of actionable changes to the applications you’re developing. Pawan Vora has produced an amazing catalogue ofthe essential patterns for designing today’s
web-based applications.

Jared Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering

Web Application Design Patterns is a must read if you are in the business of designing web applications, or simply want to understand the elements of a well-designed web application. Pawan Vora has condensed best practice, along with research and his solid experience, to create a useful reference about designing web applications. Even if you skimmed the book and looked at the designs, it will spark creative design ideas.

David Dick, Technical Writer

Publisher

Morgan Kaufmann (March 13, 2009)

ISBN

ISBN-10: 012374265X
ISBN-13: 978-0123742650

Purchase

At Elsevier