Synopses & Reviews
Want to learn how to create great user experiences on today's Web? In this book, UI experts Bill Scott and Theresa Neil present more than 75 design patterns for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction. Distilled from the authors' years of experience at Sabre, Yahoo!, and Netflix, these best practices are grouped into six key principles to help you take advantage of the web technologies available today. With an entire section devoted to each design principle, Designing Web Interfaces helps you:
- Make It Direct-Edit content in context with design patterns for In Page Editing, Drag & Drop, and Direct Selection
- Keep It Lightweight-Reduce the effort required to interact with a site by using In Context Tools to leave a "light footprint"
- Stay on the Page-Keep visitors on a page with overlays, inlays, dynamic content, and in-page flow patterns
- Provide an Invitation-Help visitors discover site features with invitations that cue them to the next level of interaction
- Use Transitions-Learn when, why, and how to use animations, cinematic effects, and other transitions
- React Immediately-Provide a rich experience by using lively responses such as Live Search, Live Suggest, Live Previews, and more
Designing Web Interfaces illustrates many patterns with examples from working websites. If you need to build or renovate a website to be truly interactive, this book gives you the principles for success.
With the recent advent of Ajax and the resurgence of Flash for developing web sites and applications, new patterns of interaction have emerged on the Web. In this book, Bill Scott provides insight on how to best take advantage of the power of these technologies for designing a great user experience through a series of best practices, summarized as eight key principles. Each principle and its nuances are illustrated in detail with real world examples and counter-examples from both inside and outside Yahoo! The design principles provide the rationale for how to apply a pattern. Design patterns provide a solution in context. The eight design principles are introduced as a set of principles focused on rich interaction, feedback and user data models. Benefits to reader: 1. Take-away the key principles for creating a rich experience on the web 2. Build a vocabulary around common patterns of interaction for a common language between engineering & design 3. Have numerous real-world examples to clearly understand the principles & patterns for future reference 4. Be able to apply the patterns & principles in real world design problems Includes a companion website: designingrichwebexperience.com
About the Author
Bill Scott is director of UI Engineering at Netflix in Los Gatos, CA, where he plies his interface engineering and design skills. Scott is the former Yahoo! Ajax evangelist and pattern curator for the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library.
He has a long and glamorous history in the IT world, due mostly to his unique understanding of both the technical and creative aspects of designing usable products. His ramblings and musings can be found at http://www.looksgoodworkswell.com.
Theresa Neil is a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas, where she designs rich applications for start-ups and Fortune500 companies.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; What Happened; Why We Wrote This Book; What This Book Is About; Who Should Read This Book; What Comes with This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Examples; We'd Like to Hear from You; Safari Books Online; Acknowledgments; Make It Direct; Chapter 1: In-Page Editing; 1.1 Single-Field Inline Edit; 1.2 Multi-Field Inline Edit; 1.3 Overlay Edit; 1.4 Table Edit; 1.5 Group Edit; 1.6 Module Configuration; 1.7 Guidelines for Choosing Specific Editing Patterns; Chapter 2: Drag and Drop; 2.1 Interesting Moments; 2.2 Purpose of Drag and Drop; 2.3 Drag and Drop Module; 2.4 Drag and Drop List; 2.5 Drag and Drop Object; 2.6 Drag and Drop Action; 2.7 Drag and Drop Collection; 2.8 The Challenges of Drag and Drop; Chapter 3: Direct Selection; 3.1 Toggle Selection; 3.2 Collected Selection; 3.3 Object Selection; 3.4 Hybrid Selection; Keep It Lightweight; Chapter 4: Contextual Tools; 4.1 Interaction in Context; 4.2 Fitts's Law; 4.3 Contextual Tools; 4.4 Always-Visible Tools; 4.5 Hover-Reveal Tools; 4.6 Toggle-Reveal Tools; 4.7 Multi-Level Tools; 4.8 Secondary Menu; Stay on the Page; Chapter 5: Overlays; 5.1 Dialog Overlay; 5.2 Detail Overlay; 5.3 Input Overlay; Chapter 6: Inlays; 6.1 Dialog Inlay; 6.2 List Inlay; 6.3 Detail Inlay; 6.4 Tabs; 6.5 Inlay Versus Overlay?; Chapter 7: Virtual Pages; 7.1 Virtual Scrolling; 7.2 Inline Paging; 7.3 Scrolled Paging: Carousel; 7.4 Virtual Panning; 7.5 Zoomable User Interface; 7.6 Paging Versus Scrolling; Chapter 8: Process Flow; 8.1 Google Blogger; 8.2 The Magic Principle; 8.3 Interactive Single-Page Process; 8.4 Inline Assistant Process; 8.5 Dialog Overlay Process; 8.6 Configurator Process; 8.7 Static Single-Page Process; Provide an Invitation; Chapter 9: Static Invitations; 9.1 Call to Action Invitation; 9.2 Tour Invitation; Chapter 10: Dynamic Invitations; 10.1 Hover Invitation; 10.2 Affordance Invitation; 10.3 Drag and Drop Invitation; 10.4 Inference Invitation; 10.5 More Content Invitation; 10.6 The Advantage of Invitations; Use Transitions; Chapter 11: Transitional Patterns; 11.1 Brighten and Dim; 11.2 Expand/Collapse; 11.3 Self-Healing Fade; 11.4 Animation; 11.5 Spotlight; Chapter 12: Purpose of Transitions; 12.1 Engagement; 12.2 Communication; React Immediately; Chapter 13: Lookup Patterns; 13.1 Auto Complete; 13.2 Live Suggest; 13.3 Live Search; 13.4 Refining Search; Chapter 14: Feedback Patterns; 14.1 Live Preview; 14.2 Progressive Disclosure; 14.3 Progress Indicator; 14.4 Periodic Refresh; Principles and Patterns for Rich Interaction; The Principles; Staying Up to Date; Colophon;