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Exploring Interface Design (Graphic Design/Interactive Media) 1st Edition
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As a practicing software development professional, I found the chapter on Designing for Accessibility particularly relevant to current Section 508 compliance issues with our clients (textbook publishers). There are also numerous design practices that we use in our daily work that are explained in the Specifying the Design chapter. The nuts-and-bolts of using the various interface elements are well covered in the Menus and Controls and Designing Usable Navigation chapters. Consistent with a real-world view, there are few absolute rules, but instead intelligent discussion of the trade-offs involved in making design decisions.
Although you'll want to have a more complete reference for starting a business, the final chapter on the User Interface Designer in Professional Practice provides helpful advice and tips on subjects such as proposal writing, maintaining long-term business relationships, and even filing practices.
You'll find this book very useful if you're a student looking for practical advice on user interface design in the real world. If you're a practicing professional you'll pick up some valuable tips that you'll use regularly in your work.
The chapters on menus and controls and navigation are great for reference, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of common interface tools. I also really enjoyed the chapter on creativity and idea generation, and look forward to trying out the suggested techniques.
The author has a friendly, entertaining, and easy-to-read style. For students or people who are new to the field, this book is an excellent comprehensive introduction to interface design. And for people who are more experienced, it's a great reference and source of inspiration. I'd definitely recommend adding this to your library!
The book is very well written. Each chapter starts with an overview of what he is going to tell you and ends with a summary of what he has told you.
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a good initial overview of user interface design both for Internet based application as well as client based applications.
Robert Springer, PhD
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This is definitely a great book of your starting out or just refreshing your skills in web (des/dev).Published on May 31, 2010 by Brian Fry
I bought this book for a class 2D interface Design class I was taking and even though I was "coerced" to buy it, I'd say its pretty decent. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by trustfundbaby