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ISBN-13: 978-0123822314 ISBN-10: 0123822319 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123822319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123822314
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brave Nui World by Daniel Wigdor and Dennis Wixon is a must read for anyone involved in creating compelling user interfaces using modern technology and who, after testing, say 'Why didn't that design work the way it was intended?' To novices in the field, it will read as a how-to guide. For seasoned designers, it reads like a novel where you suspect the outcome but there is usually a twist in the plot, giving you that extra idea to think again. I genuinely enjoyed it and I am not likely to put it away soon."-Paul Neervoort, Lead User Experience Design, Philips Design

"A good grounding framework that immediately kindles ideas of how best to use NUI.  Based on the developments of the past few decades, it provides solid foundations of NUI and develops these with the use of specific examples.While this isn't a cookbook, it does provide clear thematic guidance on how to make your NUI experience excel.  The book covers basic through to advanced concepts in a very clear way.  Good for reference, but even better if you read it cover to cover - you will grow immeasurably."--Dylan Evans, Principal Usability Consultant, Veluuria

"Interfaces are moving beyond our usual computers and into many facets of our lives. The way we design these interfaces is changing too. Brave NUI World helps highlight the new considerations you will need when designing for NUIs."--Daniel Naumann, User Experience Designer

"Wigdor and Wixon, both researchers working on the Microsoft Surface project, present this conceptual design guide for creating natural user interfaces (NUI) for next generation computer hardware. Covering technologies such as the Surface and other multi-touch and gestural devices, the authors discuss a variety of interface techniques and problems noting each issue's compliance with NUI guiding principles and recommending ways in which new development could more closely adhere to the NUI standards. The work includes numerous illustrations and tables."--Reference and Research Book News

"From a User Experience design perspective, touch and gestural interfaces are relatively new and there is a lot to be learnt. A good book to get your feet wet is Brave NUI World: Designing Natural User Interfaces for Touch and Gesture by Daniel Wigdor, Dennis Wixon.The style is more text-bookish, but this book promises to be a valuable reference guide for those designing for touch and gestures."--The Great Remix.com

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Touch and gestural devices have been hailed as next evolutionary step in human-computer interaction. As software companies struggle to catch up with one another in terms of developing the next great touch-based interface, designers are charged with the daunting task of keeping up with the advances in new technology and this new aspect to user experience design.

Product and interaction designers, developers and managers are already well versed in UI design, but touch-based interfaces have added a new level of complexity. They need quick references and real-world examples in order to make informed decisions when designing for these particular interfaces. Brave NUI World is the first practical book for product and interaction developers and designing touch and gesture interfaces. Written by developers of industry-first, multi-touch, multi-user products, this book gives you the necessary tools and information to integrate touch and gesture practices into your daily work, presenting scenarios, problem solving, metaphors, and techniques intended to avoid making mistakes.


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The concepts in the book are well presented and enjoyable.
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This book answers those questions by presenting principles, discussing issues, offering examples, and linking to lots more reading.
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Great guide for developer/designer trying out a new interface/interaction style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on July 20, 2011
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The authors both have significant experience in the design of novel user interfaces and collaborated at Microsoft in the design of the revolutionary tabletop interface known as Microsoft Surface. This book takes a wide view of the literature of user interface development (but significantly omitting from the bibliography the other major book on "Designing Gestural Interfaces" by Dan Saffer). The approach of this volume is scientific relying on GOMS-like state machine paradigms for describing touch and gestural interaction and giving a formal approach that the authors employed in designing Microsoft Surface for design iterations entitled "RITE". While the authors and others in the field have a wide body of experience in the design of novel user interfaces they emphasize the formal scientific techniques that they did employ successfully in the Surface system. Formal methods using a "Must", "Should", and "Could" prescriptive approach are described throughout the volume.

Because this book is well researched, illustrated and based largely on successfully employed experience it well deserves an excellent rating on Amazon and addition to the practitioner's library. It provides much of the scientific basis that "Should" be employed in the design of "Gestural" and "Tactile" Interfaces. I would have welcomed an approach involving more sketching and rapid prototyping like "Sketching User Experiences" by Bill Buxton also of Microsoft and available in the same publishers series. For a book on novel gestural interfaces that takes this approach I would also recommend Dan Saffer's "Designing Gestural Interfaces", I also am somewhat surprised that the authors coming from the Microsoft Research staff didn't describe the design approach used in the XBOX 360 Kinect System.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Techie Evan on July 3, 2011
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Advances in human-computer interaction technologies have progressively shrunk the gulf separating user and computing device, making it easier for a user to accomplish a task using means that feel more and more natural to the user. Early in the history of computing, for example, communicating with a computer was cumbersome and consisted of plugging wires in patch panels of circuits. The arrival of programming languages and the ability to communicate with computers through the use of symbolic commands empowered users to think at a more natural level, and further progress was achieved with the advent of graphical user interfaces where users can point and click on labeled screen objects such as menu items and buttons, instead of taxing their memory to recall the exact syntaxes for various commands.

But even today's WIMP-based GUIs (WIMP stands for Windows, Icons, Menus, and Pointers) may be sub-optimal for performing certain tasks. If you've watched the movie Minority Report or CNN's Election Reporting, where screenfuls of information can slide in and out of view with a flick of a finger, or images enlarged or reduced with just the simultaneous movements of two fingers, or multiple people changing the contents in different parts of a screen simultaneously using gestures only, you'll know what kind of tasks I'm talking about. With more and more devices having capabilities to recognize touch and gestures, the next evolutionary step in software application development would surely involve the seamless integration of these new input modalities to the design of natural user interfaces (NUIs). This book will help you understand what you need to know in order to get started with such an endeavor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Weissman on June 12, 2011
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If you're an experienced designer of user interfaces, you're either really excited about the new possibilities opened up by gesture and motion detection controllers or you're convinced that you already know everything you need to know to create touch and gesture based interfaces. This book is useful for both types of designers.

Lots of games are already based on gestures that mimic real life closely, mainly for sports and combat. But what about regular control - finding, sorting, selecting, enlarging,shrinking, moving through groups of item and so forth - the bread and butter of most UIs? Do they require new primitives? How precisely can users gesture? How many gestures can users differentiate? Because touch and gesture are directly physical, do users need more help with them? How does that physicality transform the user experience? Do users already have useful intuitions to exploit?

This book answers those questions by presenting principles, discussing issues, offering examples, and linking to lots more reading. If you've done lots of UI design for anything beyond standard workpiece software, you probably know many of the answers to these questions - and you'll find lots of what you know reflected in sections called "Lessons from the Past". The book goes beyond those lessons and serves as an excellent guide and review for UI designers faced with this new world.

There are 30 scenarios through which the authors, combining research and practical experience, present the issues and offer guidance. Practice in this area has not yet ossified into received wisdom, and there isn't much out there covering the same ground.

So save yourself some time and thought, and pick up this book to help you understand the issues. Expect clear but not sparkling prose.
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