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Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work
Synopses & Reviews
Every stage in the design of a new web site is an opportunity to meet or miss deadlines and budgetary goals. Every stage is an opportunity to boost or undercut the site's usability.
This book tells you how to design usable web sites in a systematic process applicable to almost any business need. You get practical advice on managing the project and incorporating usability principles from the project's inception. This systematic usability process for web design has been developed by the authors and proven again and again in their own successful businesses.
A beacon in a sea of web design titles, this book treats web site usability as a preeminent, practical, and realizable business goal, not a buzzword or abstraction. The book is written for web designers and web project managers seeking a balance between usability goals and business concerns.
* Examines the entire spectrum of usability issues, including architecture, navigation, graphical presentation, and page structure.
* Explains clearly the steps relevant to incorporating usability into every stage of the web development process, from requirements to tasks analysis, prototyping and mockups, to user testing, revision, and even postlaunch evaluations.
* Includes forms, checklists, and practical techniques that you can easily incorporate into your own projects at http://www.mkp.com/uew/.
Book News Annotation:
Specialists in web design, human-computer interaction, and cognitive modeling team up to explain a systematic procedure for designing user-centered sites. Their basic principle is that the design should be rational, based on a careful allocation of development resources, thoughtful decisions when making tradeoffs, and decisions based on actual data about users whenever possible.
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This book tells you how to design usable web sites in a systematic process applicable to almost any business need. You get practical advice on managing the project and incorporating usability principles from the project's inception. This systematic usability process for web design has been developed by the authors and proven again and again in their own successful businesses
book is written for web designers and web project managers seeking a balance between usability goals and business concerns.
About the Author
Tom Brinck is chief usability officer at Diamond Bullet Design, a firm specializing in web site design and usability consulting. Tom has M.S. degrees in computer science and cognitive psychology from Stanford University and the University of Michigan. He has done user interface research at Apple Computer, Toshiba, and Bellcore and is currently an adjunct faculty member at University of Michigan's School of Information.Darren Gergle is a Ph.D. student in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Before beginning his graduate work, he was lead designer at Diamond Bullet Design.Scott D. Wood is a senior scientist at Soar Technology, an R&D company focused on cognitive modeling, AI, and information visualization. He has more than ten years experience in software development, e-business consulting, cognitive modeling, and HCI. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.
Soar Technology, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Usability throughout the Design Process
Chapter 2. Target Audience and Target Platforms
Chapter 3. User Needs Analysis
Chapter 4. Task Analysis
Chapter 5. Information Architecture
Mockups and Prototypes
Chapter 6. Page Layout
Chapter 7. Envisioning Design
Chapter 8. Writing for the Web
Chapter 9. Design Elements
Chapter 10. Usability in Software Development
Chapter 11. Pre-Launch and Post-Launch
Chapter 12. Usability Evalutation
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