Cooper, who designed Visual Basic (the programming environment Microsoft promotes for the purpose of creating good user interfaces), indulges in too much name-dropping and self-congratulation (Cooper attributes the quote, "How did you do that?" to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, upon looking at one of Cooper's creations)--but this appears to be de rigueur in books about the software industry. But those asides are minor. More valuable is the discourse about software design and implementation ("[O]bject orientation divides the 1000-brick tower into 10 100-brick towers."). Read this book for an idea of what's wrong with UI design. --David Wall
Topics covered: User interfaces--good ones and bad ones--and where they come from. Also, how to improve the ones you create.
I look forward to his next book.
I'd normally recommend reading books like this to get an idea on what to avoid, but in this case I can't even recommend that, it's actually too repulsive.
The real culprits in Cooper's book are the programmers and engineers who design products to work their way as opposed to the best way.
Every time I buy this book, I let someone borrow it and never get it back. It's obviously a good book.Published 1 day ago by William Palmer
Great insight and interesting writing. Being published quite a while ago it's still very relevant and helpful. I wish more people in the industry would read it.Published 4 months ago by Mykola Bespaliuk
I've checked on positive examples given in the book: none of them made it big in the end, including Alan Cooper's own firm. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kallikanzarid
Alan cooper has great stories to tell of how the development process works and why so many go wrong that anyone working in the tech industry will instantly be able to relate to and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Will Pringle
While I agree with many things Alan Cooper says about the challenges of designing user friendly technologies for normal end users, I think his attitude is a bit pessimistic about... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lorne Bailey
This book was helpful for me in some ways as a UX interactive designer. The book does a good job at spotlighting the personalities of software engineers and programmers and did an... Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. Waterman
This book should be read by both, people who have earlier worked in tech roles and now moved to Product or project management roles, and by people who have been involved in product... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chandresh
I am a developer of seven years with solid experience in both front-end design and back-end code slapping. I also have a portfolio of visuals I designed to spread messages. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sage Gerard
Based on the programmer reviews of the book, I'd guess Cooper nailed his subject on the head. Programmers I've loaned the book to consistently react with "he's picking on us"... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas W. Day