At the end of the year, I typically do a few “best of” posts for music, movies, books. But this year, I’m not feeling it because, for the most part, I wasn’t feeling those. Movies were uninspiring, music, aside from a few gems like Eels’ Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, has been pretty tepid. I didn’t get to read as many new books as I’d like. But I did spend a lot of time reading. Blogs that is. So here, in no particular order, are the best interaction design blogs of 2005:
- Ok-Cancel. Relentless in their good advice and good humor, the weekly posts and comics here are always well-thought out and worth the time.
- Functioning Form. Luke Wroblewski’s blog is wealth of excellent design analysis and I really enjoyed his sessions with Jim Leftwich. I’d be lying if I said I read every entry in depth, but it’s nice to know they’re available as a resource if I need it. Slap on the wrist for no full-entry feeds.
- Basement.org. Rich Ziade’s blog constantly finds the news I missed. And then analyzes it well.
- Maeda’s Simplicity. MIT professor John Maeda’s blog occasionally reveals a great nugget of wisdom. Slap on the wrist for no full feed.
- Future Perfect. Nokia designer and researcher Jan Chipchase travels the world so you don’t have to. A constant stream of inspiration and a vivid reminder that culture changes behavior.
- Presentation Zen. Mostly about presentations, but also about elegant design.
- Del.icio.us Popular. Not really a blog, I know, but this is the equivalent of rummaging around in a random pile of stuff and occasionally finding something amazing.
My thanks to all the bloggers above. You’ve made my year more thoughtful and interesting and my designs better. Keep up the good work!