FAQ

You know the drill by now. FAQs are rarely questions that are frequently asked, they're more of an easily-scannable list of bullet points we'd like to communicate to you. That said, let's go through the drill anyway.

  1. What is UX Zeitgeist good for?
  2. How do you determine book ranks?
  3. How do I add a book?
  4. When will a book suggestion be rejected?
  5. How do I add an article?
  6. When will an article suggestion be rejected?
  7. How can I find out when my suggestions have been added or rejected?
  8. What can I do to appeal a rejection?
  9. How do I create a list?
  10. How do I make a list public (or private)?
  11. How do I change or delete a list?
  12. Where do topics come from?
  13. How do I report a problem or concern with a particular page?
  14. How do I contact UX Zeitgeist?
  15. Who are the people behind UX Zeitgeist?
  16. What's the story behind UX Zeitgeist?
  17. What future plans lie in store for UX Zeitgeist?
  18. Is there an API for UX Zeitgeist?
What is UX Zeitgeist good for?

Use UX Zeitgeist as your library of UX books and articles. Add items, keep up with what others have added, learn which are rated best, and create and share your own public reading lists.

How do you determine book ranks?

Right now, we base book ranks on Amazon data (e.g., sales rankings and customer ratings) and LibraryThing data (# of users who've included a book in their collections, and user ratings). We'll be adding more metrics as we learn about them; please let us know if you have any suggestions.

How do I add a book?

Click "Add an article or book" in the upper right-hand corner. (You'll need to login using your Twitter account's credentials.) Then enter the book's author and title, its ISBN, or its Amazon ASIN code. Please add a few descriptive tags and, if you don't mind, a brief review. (If you have a bunch of books to add at once, send ISBNs or ASINs to info@rosenfeldmedia.com.) We'll look up your book and make sure it's related to UX before adding it; we'll try to do so within a week of your submission. Thanks for adding books to UX Zeitgeist!

When will a book suggestion be rejected?

We'll reject a book if it's clearly, obviously, and painfully not related to user experience design.

How do I add an article?

Click "Add an article or book" in the upper right-hand corner. (You'll need to login using your Twitter account's credentials.) Then enter the article's URL. Please add a few descriptive tags and, if you don't mind, a brief review. (If you have a bunch of articles to add at once, send their URLs to info@rosenfeldmedia.com.) We'll look up your article and make sure it's related to UX before adding it; we'll try to do so within a week of your submission. Thanks for adding articles to UX Zeitgeist!

When will an article suggestion be rejected?

We'll reject an article if it's clearly, obviously, and painfully not related to user experience design.

How can I find out when my suggestions have been added or rejected?

We'll announce new batches of book and article additions via our Twitter account, so please follow @uxzeitgeist. (Eventually we hope to be able to let you know personally when your own submissions have been added.)

What can I do to appeal a rejection?

Email info@rosenfeldmedia.com and we'll talk. We realize that our policy will constantly need tuning, and we appreciate your help in making sure our editorial policy is selective without being heavy-handed.

How do I create a list?

Click "Create reading list" in the upper right-hand corner to get started. Or, when viewing a book or article, you can create a list from the "Add to list" button. (Either way, you'll need to login using your Twitter account's credentials.)

How do I make a list public (or private)?

For a new list, (un)check the "Make Private" checkbox on the "Create reading list" page. For an existing list, select it under "Your Reading Lists" (on the right-hand side of each page), then click the "Edit List Details" button. You'll find the same "Make Private" checkbox to (un)check.

How do I change or delete a list?

Select the list under "Your Reading Lists" (on the right-hand side of each page), then click the "Edit List Details" button. Click the "Delete List" button. We'll miss your list!

Where do topics come from?

Topics come from tags – the ones that we can import when we download information about books and articles, as well as the ones you attach to a book or article when you submit it for inclusion in UX Zeitgeist. (Eventually the librarians among us plan to normalize and clean up these topics to make them more useful.)

How do I report a problem or concern with a particular page?

Click on the "Report a problem" link on the lower right-hand corner of the offending page. Or just email us: info@rosenfeldmedia.com. Either way, we'll work it out!

How do I contact UX Zeitgeist?

Click on the "Contact" link on the lower right-hand corner of the offending page. Or just email us: info@rosenfeldmedia.com. We'd love to hear from you!

Who are the people behind UX Zeitgeist?

Lou Rosenfeld and Jonathan "Yoni" Knoll, with lots of help from Dave Shea and Karen Corbett, and many more than we can name here (but chose to anyway right here.)

What's the story behind UX Zeitgeist?

Lou had been thinking about how to create a library of UX books for some time, and his publishing company, Rosenfeld Media, launched the initial version of UX Zeitgeist in 2008. For various reasons (primarily due to an over-reliance on screen-scraping, as well as requiring users to create accounts), it didn't work. Yoni had always wanted to build libraries too, and the two Brooklyn boys got together in 2009 to take another crack at making UX Zeitgeist work. With Yoni taking the lead on the bulk of design, along with the incomparable Dave Shea's work on the visual design and much of the interaction design, they hope that this time... it works.

What future plans lie in store for UX Zeitgeist?

Here's some of what we have in store:

  • Adding metrics and rankings to articles
  • Incorporating Lanyrd data on our author pages
  • Adding additional content types, like presentations
  • Creating a notification service that will let you know when new items of interest have been added
  • Constantly adding more content, including articles from more UX-related magazines
  • Constantly adding better metrics and improving the rankings associated with each content type
Is there an API for UX Zeitgeist?

Not yet, but coming soon!

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