November’s round up of new Computing books features several books with a design focus, including books on responsive web design, game design, and even social media design!
No kidding! : why our kids know more about technology than us and what we can do about it / Yvette Adams.
“Your kids know way more about technology than you, and it’s time you did something about it. Today’s kids are intuitively able to use every device, app, game and social network handed to them. Just give a tablet or a smartphone to a toddler and watch what happens. But as life speeds up, and we are busier than ever being good parents the technological gap between parents and kids seems to grow exponentially. …kids desperately need their parents to understand the technology they are using and to embrace the technology themselves.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Learning responsive web design : a beginner’s guide / Clarissa Peterson.
“Deliver an optimal user experience to all devices-including tablets, smartphones, feature phones, laptops, and large screens-by learning the basics of responsive web design. In this hands-on guide, UX designer Clarissa Peterson explains how responsive web design works, and takes you through a responsive workflow from project kickoff to site launch. Ideal for anyone involved in the process of creating websites–not just developers–this book teaches you fundamental strategies and techniques for using HTML and CSS to design websites that not only adapt to any screen size, but also use progressive enhancement to provide a better user experience based on device capabilities such as touchscreens and retina displays.” (Syndetics summary)
Office 2013 for seniors : in easy steps / Michael Price.
“Office 2013 for Seniors in easy steps concentrates on the most useful elements of Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 (the subscription version). Written with older citizens in mind, it uses larger type for easy reading and it’ll get you up to speed with Office 2013 features in easy steps. It will help you to: Install Office 2013 on your computer, write stylish documents using Word, use Excel to manage your finances and much more. Find all the key extras such as OneNote, Office Tools, MapPoint and more! Packed with extra tips, this guide will help you get more from your Office 2013, Office 365 and Office Web apps.” (Syndetics summary)
Introduction to game design, prototyping, and development : from concept to playable game-with Unity® and C# / Jeremy Gibson.
“Learn Game Design, Prototyping, and Programming with Today’s Leading Tools: Unity(tm) and C# Award-winning game designer and professor Jeremy Gibson has spent the last decade teaching game design and working as an independent game developer. Over the years, his most successful students have always been those who effectively combined game design theory, concrete rapid-prototyping practices, and programming skills. Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development is the first time that all three of these disciplines have been brought together into a single book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Social media design for dummies / by Janine Warner and David LaFontaine.
“Learn to design professional and effective social media profiles! Whether you’re trying to attract a new employer or get new fans to notice your brand, your social media profiles need to distinguish you from the masses. Packed with the secrets behind the hottest Facebook timelines, Twitter backgrounds, and LinkedIn profiles, this fun-but-straightforward guide shows you how to create eye-catching social media profiles with a professional, cohesive design. Includes online resources and downloadable templates that allow you to make your own profiles quick and easy…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The innovators : how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution / Walter Isaacson.
“Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Social networking using a tablet for all ages / Jim Gatenby.
“Social networking is no longer the province of only young people. In fact it is now one of the most popular uses for a tablet computer. This book covers both Facebook and Twitter on tablets using the Android, iPad and Windows operating systems.” (Syndetics summary)
How apps are changing the world / Stephen Molloy.
“There are 7 billion people in the world, 6 billion cell phone subscriptions and 1 App bible. So why isn’t everyone bored? Why are some companies focusing everything on mobile devices and making millions? In this book we explore the ideas, theories, strategies and technologies behind apps, with interviews and insights from the very best in the industry. Armed with this information, you will be able to improve your clients’ apps, your company’s apps, your own personal app project, and the app idea you’ve always wanted to make a reality.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Mobile and web messaging / Jeff Mesnil.