The last couple of days have been exciting, rumour-wise, for RIM and its shareholders. First there was the rumour the Samsung was either interested in buying them, or licensing technology from them. Today, the whispers out there are that IBM may be interested in RIM, particularly in their network/infrastructure pieces. Samsung flatly denied they were interacting with RIM at all. The IBM deal might make sense, depending on how much of RIM they are really interested in. The Samsung deal made zero sense.
A book that I have on my shelf (as well as on iBooks now) is Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler (on Amazon or Chapters in paperback. It also available on Apple’s iBooks if you search for the title). The book is basically a catalog of various principles in design, and although it is focused more on physical or interface design, I find it a useful way to get ideas for just about anything. The iBooks version isn’t as easy to use, mainly because the book hasn’t been optimized for iBooks. This is one of those times where the print version is vastly superior to the electronic version, simply because the printed page lends itself well to the way the information is presented. I would strongly recommend that anyone associated with product development, even if the product is purely server-side or computation-only software, get this book.