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Marketplace interviews Cliff Kuang

December 18, 2019


User Friendly author Cliff Kuang is interviewed by Marketplace‘s Molly Wood: “Great interface design is often invisible. But maybe it shouldn’t be.”

https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/great-interface-design-is-often-invisible-but-maybe-it-shouldnt-be/


MOMENT OF LIFT one of Bloomberg’s Best Books of 2019

December 12, 2019


Melinda Gates’s Moment of Lift included in Bloomberg‘s “annual list of what the most powerful people in business read this year.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2019-best-books/


USER FRIENDLY on Fortune’s Best Books of 2019

December 08, 2019


Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly included on Fortune’s list, Best Books of 2019:

“Offers a history of user-centered design that’s delightfully true to its title…[T]houghtfully organized, rigorously reported, and deftly presented.”

https://fortune.com/2019/12/08/best-books-of-2019-trick-mirror-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-she-said-i-like-to-watch/


Rave review of USER FRIENDLY in Core77

December 03, 2019


Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly receives rave review in design blog Core77 from Allan Chochinov:

“A contemporary treatise that is sure to become a foundational text. (And I’ll make this simple: If you’re looking for holiday gifts and you’re a designer-type, buy ten of these, wrap ‘em up, and figure out who gets ‘em as you’re walking out the door. Guaranteed satisfaction for all your employees, partners, clients, and students, this book would also be useful to anyone—or anyone’s parents—who wonder what designers actually do.)”

https://www.core77.com/posts/91628/You-Just-Take-Away-Everything-Unnecessary


USER FRIENDLY praised in Business By Design

December 03, 2019


Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly is reviewed by Clay Chandler in Fortune’s Business By Design:

“True to its title, User Friendly offers a lucid account of the rise of human-centric design—one that doesn’t require a degree from design school to appreciate.”

https://content.fortune.com/newsletter/business-by-design/?post_id=2741019


MOMENT OF LIFT on USA Today’s Gift Guide

November 24, 2019


USA Today includes Melinda Gates’s Moment of Lift in their Gift Guide: “Books for even the most finicky readers on your holiday shopping list.”

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/books/2019/11/24/usa-today-gift-guide-readers-book-fiction-mystery-memoir-children/4192214002/


New York Times’ glowing review of USER FRIENDLY

November 19, 2019


Edward Tenner reviews Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly for New York Times:

“A tour de force, an engrossing fusion of scholarly research, professional experience and revelations from intrepid firsthand reporting.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/books/review/user-friendly-cliff-kuang-robert-fabricant.html


Cliff Kuang piece in Fast Company

November 19, 2019


Cliff Kuang, author of User Friendly, pens piece for Fast Company, “Apple built a $1 trillion empire on two metaphors. One is breaking.”

“Who knows how much easier, how much more satisfying, our digital lives might be if the governing metaphor for smartphones were one of human connection, rather than programs.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90432470/apple-built-a-1-trillion-dollar-empire-on-two-metaphors-one-is-breaking



SIXTH EXTINCTION and EVICTED in Lit Hub’s best of the decade

November 05, 2019


​Elizabeth Kolbert’s Sixth Extinction and Matthew Desmond’s Evited both make Lit Hub’s 20 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade.

https://lithub.com/the-20-best-works-of-nonfiction-of-the-decade/


New York Times recommends USER FRIENDLY

November 01, 2019


New York Times names Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly one of “13 Books to Watch For in November”.

“This book…exposes what was meant, in a sense, to be a largely invisible principle: that the machines and technology we use should be created to intuit humans’ needs.”


GOOD HABITS, BAD HABITS a Next Big Idea Club fall pick!

October 29, 2019


Curators Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink and Malcolm Gladwell choose Wendy Wood’s new book as 1 of 2 Next Big Idea Club picks for Fall 2019!

https://nextbigideaclub.com/2-new-nonfiction-books-youll-fall-season/22642/


GOOD HABITS, BAD HABITS reviewed in New Yorker

October 21, 2019


Jerome Groopman reviews Wendy Wood’s new book in New Yorker.

After heeding Wood’s advice about how to break the habit of constantly checking one’s smartphone, Groopman writes, “At the end of each day, I felt calmer, and free.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/28/can-brain-science-help-us-break-bad-habits



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