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Designing Interfacesby Jenifer Tidwell
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Designing a good interface isn't easy. Users demand software that is well-behaved, good-looking, and easy to use. Your clients or managers demand originality and a short time to market. Your UI technology — web applications, desktop software, even mobile devices — may give you the tools you need, but little guidance on how to use them well.
UI designers over the years have refined the art of interface design, evolving many best practices and reusable ideas. If you learn these, and understand why the best user interfaces work so well, you too can design engaging and usable interfaces with less guesswork and more confidence.
Designing Interfaces captures those best practices as design patterns — solutions to common design problems, tailored to the situation at hand. Each pattern contains practical advice that you can put to use immediately, plus a variety of examples illustrated in full color. You'll get recommendations, design alternatives, and warnings on when not to use them.
Each chapter's introduction describes key design concepts that are often misunderstood, such as affordances, visual hierarchy, navigational distance, and the use of color. These give you a deeper understanding of why the patterns work, and how to apply them with more insight.
A book can't design an interface for you — no foolproof design process is given here — but Designing Interfaces does give you concrete ideas that you can mix and recombine as you see fit. Experienced designers can use it as a sourcebook of ideas. Novice designers will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design, with enough guidance to start using these patterns immediately.
UI designers over the years have refined the art of interface design, evolving many best practices and reusable ideas. "Designing Interfaces" captures those best practices as design patterns--solutions to common design problems, tailored to the situation at hand. Each pattern contains practical advice that can be put to use immediately. Full color.
Its the little things that turn a good digital product into a great one. With this practical book, youll learn how to design effective microinteractions: the small details that exist inside and around features. How can users change a setting? How do they turn on mute, or know they have a new email message?
Through vivid, real-world examples from todays devices and applications, author Dan Saffer walks you through a microinteractions essential parts, then shows you how to use them in a mobile app, a web widget, and an appliance. Youll quickly discover how microinteractions can change a product from one thats tolerated into one thats treasured.
Despite all of the UI toolkits available today, it's still not easy to design good application interfaces. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand.
This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice that you can use immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as a sourcebook of ideas; novices will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design.
"Anyone who's serious about designing interfaces should have this book on their shelf for reference. It's the most comprehensive cross-platform examination of common interface patterns anywhere."--Dan Saffer, author of Designing Gestural Interfaces (O'Reilly) and Designing for Interaction (New Riders)
About the Author
For more than a decade, Jenifer Tidwell has been designing and building user interfaces for a variety of industry verticals, often in the Java programming language. She has experience in designing both desktop and Web applications. As a user interface designer at The MathWorks, Jenifer was instrumental in a redesign of the charting and visualization UI of MATLAB, which is used by researchers, students, and engineers worldwide to develop cars, planes, proteins, and theories about the universe.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: What Users DoChapter 2: Organizing the Content:Information Architecture and Application StructureChapter 3: Getting Around:Navigation, Signposts, and WayfindingChapter 4: Organizing the Page:Layout of Page ElementsChapter 5: Doing Things:Actions and CommandsChapter 6: Showing Complex Data:Trees, Tables, and Other Information GraphicsChapter 7: Getting Input from Users:Forms and ControlsChapter 8: Builders and EditorsChapter 9: Making It Look Good:Visual Style and AestheticsColophon
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