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GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)

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Publisher Comments:

"Better read this book, or your design will be featured in Bloopers II. Seriously, bloopers may be fun in Hollywood outtakes, but no movie director would include them in the final film. So why do we find so many bloopers in shipped software? Follow Jeff Johnson as he leads the blooper patrol deep into enemy territory: he takes no prisoners but reveals all the design stupidities that users have been cursing over the years."

-Jakob Nielsen

Usability Guru, Nielsen Norman Group

"If you are a software developer, read this book, especially if you don't think you need it. Don't worry, it isn't filled with abstract and useless theory--this is a book for doers, code writers, and those in the front trenches. Buy it, read it, and take two sections daily."

-Don Norman

President, UNext Learning Systems


GUI Bloopers looks at user interface design bloopers from commercial software, Web sites, and information appliances, explaining how intelligent, well-intentioned professionals made these dreadful mistakes--and how you can avoid them. While equipping you with all the theory needed to learn from these examples, GUI expert Jeff Johnson also presents the reality of interface design in an entertaining, anecdotal, and instructive way.

This is an excellent, well-illustrated resource for anyone whose work touches on usability issues, including software engineers, Web site designers, managers of development processes, QA professionals, and usability professionals.

Features

  • Takes a learn-by-example approach that teaches you to avoid common errors by asking the appropriate questions of your own interface designs.

  • Includes two complete war stories, drawn from the author's personal experience, that describe in detail the challenges faced by UI engineers.

  • Covers bloopers in a wide range of categories: GUI components, layout and appearance, text messages, interaction strategies, Web site design, responsiveness issues, management decision-making, and even more at www.GUI-bloopers.com.

  • Organized and formatted based on the results of its own usability testing--so you can quickly find the information you need, packaged in easily digested pieces.

Synopsis:

ed on the results of its own usability testing--so you can quickly find the information you need, packaged in easily digested pieces.

Synopsis:

egories: GUI components, layout and appearance, text messages, interaction strategies, Web site design, responsiveness issues, management decision-making, and even more at www.GUI-bloopers.com.

  • Organized and formatted based on the results of its own usability testing--so you can quickly find the information you need, packaged in easily digested pieces.

  • Description:

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 539-543) and index.

    About the Author

    Jeff Johnson is president and principal consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm (<>). He has worked in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1978--as software designer and implementer, usability tester, manager, researcher at several computer and telecommunications companies, and consultant. In the course of his career, he has written many articles, cowritten several books, and given numerous presentations on a variety of topics in Human-Computer Interaction.

    Ph.D., Founder, UI Wizards, Inc., San Francisco, CA

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: First Principles

    Chapter 2: GUI Component Bloopers

    Chapter 3: Layout and Appearance Bloopers

    Chapter 4: Textual Bloopers

    Chapter 5: Interaction Bloopers

    Chapter 6: Web Bloopers

    Chapter 7: Responsiveness Bloopers

    Chapter 8: Management Bloopers

    Chapter 9: Software Reviews

    Chapter 10: War Stories of a User-Interface Consultant

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781558605824
    Subtitle:
    Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers
    Author:
    Johnson, Jeff
    Author:
    Johnson
    Publisher:
    Morgan Kaufmann
    Location:
    San Francisco :
    Subject:
    Computer Science
    Subject:
    Internet - Web Site Design
    Subject:
    Programming - Software Development
    Subject:
    User Interfaces
    Subject:
    Graphical user interfaces (computer systems)
    Subject:
    Graphical user interfaces
    Subject:
    Programming - General
    Edition Number:
    1
    Series:
    Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies
    Series Volume:
    #123
    Publication Date:
    20000317
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Yes
    Pages:
    576
    Dimensions:
    9.25 x 7.375 in

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