User Experience is the quarterly magazine of the Usability Professionals’ Association (membership is a modest 100 USD) and its latest issue is devoted to usability in transportation. Here are the titles of the feature articles and you can find the abstracts online:
Taxi: Service Design for New York’s yellow cabs
By Rachel Abrams
Safer Skies: Usability at the Federal Aviation Administration
By Ferne Friedman-Berg, Ph.D, Kenneth Allendoerfer, Carolina Zingale, Ph.D, Todd Truitt, Ph.D.
Listen Up: Do voice recognition systems help drivers focus on the road?
By David G. Kidd, M. A., David M. Cades, M. A., Don J. Horvath, M. A., Stephen M. Jones, M. A., Matthew J. Pitone, M. A., Christopher A. Monk, Ph. D.
Get Your Bearings: User perspective in map design
By Thomase Porathe
Lost in Space: Holistic wayfinding design in public spaces
By Dr. Christopher Kueh
A Really Smart Card: How Hong Kong’s Octopus Card moves people
By Daniel Szuc
Recommendations on Recommendations: Making usability usable
By Rolf Molich, Kasper HornbÃ¦k, Steve Krug, Josephine Scott and Jeff Johnson
Disclosure: my business partner Michele Visciola is on the editorial board of this magazine.
Interactions is the bimonthly publication of ACM. Better designed than User Experience, it has become, under the thoughtful leadership of Richard Anderson and Jon Kolko, both profound in its analysis and broad in its interests. At 55 USD for six issues, it is also a bargain.
Here is the latest harvest of articles, some of which you can actually find online:
Designing Games: Why and How
An Evolving Map of Design Practice and Design Research
Signifiers, Not Affordances
User Experience Design for Ubiquitous Computing
Cultural Theory and Design: Identifying Trends by Looking at the Action in the Periphery
Understanding Children’s Interactions: Evaluating Children’s Interactive Products
Janet C. Read, Panos Markopoulos
An Exciting Interface Foray into Early Digital Music: The Kurzweil 250
Richard W. Pew
Some Different Approaches to Making Stuff
Design: A Better Path to Innovation
A Call for Pro-Environmental Conspicuous Consumption in the Online World
Of Candied Herbs and Happy Babies: Seeking and Searching on Your Own Terms
Experiencing the International Children’s Digital Library
Benjamin B. Bederson
Taken For Granted: The Infusion of the Mobile Phone in Society
How Society was Forever Changed: A Review of The Mobile Connection
Audiophoto Narratives for Semi-literate Communities
David Frohlich, Matt Jones
Think Before You Link: Controlling Ubiquitous Availability
Karen Renaud, Judith Ramsay, Mario Hair
Disclosure: As of next year, I will be a contributing editor to the magazine (and I feel honoured to be in such esteemed company).