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The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques 3rd Edition
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The larger problem I have is the redundancy. The same information is presented over, and over, and over. Eliminate the redundancy, and the book would be 1/2 of its size.
The first of two substantial criticisms I have of this book is ironically one of its (and the author's) strengths - it is authoritative because Galitz has been at the forefront of UI research since the beginning, but he puts too much of that historical information into this book. As historical context it has some value, but too much of it leaves one with the feeling that the book is somewhat dated. Editing out the excess detail about text-based CRT displays might leave it feeling more current (the current GUI information is there, but is diluted too much by the historic information).
My second criticism is that the book could also use substantial editing to reduce its bulk, without eliminating any valuable information (of which there is a great deal); there is a lot of redundancy. Some is fine for reinforcing the author's points, but this book has too much - I have frequently read through a bulleted list of design points (presented first), only to then read exactly the same information in a slightly expanded form over many more pages. This is specifically true in what might be considered the heart of this book - the fourth chapter of Part 2; Step 3: Principles of Good Interface and Screen Design. It covers in detail part three of the author's fourteen-step procedure for UI design. This chapter alone is about 180 pages long!Read more ›
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Comprehensive coverage of UI design. Great introduction to the topic and a good reference work.Published on September 17, 2013 by Charles A Carvey
This book helps me to design the collection of computer books to my little computer software company.
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This was an excellent transaction. I was a week late getting started with a masters class which required this book. I purchased a used like new book to save some dollars. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by denad
This was a decent book on UI design. It's a big one and there is lots of reading, but it breaks it all down very well. I would recommend for anyone interested in UI.Published on January 9, 2009 by Holly G. Stone