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The Design of Sites: Patterns for Creating Winning Web Sites (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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"In my worldwide IBM marketing role, I have the benefit of working with some of the finest international interactive agencies and internal Web teams. As I read "The Design of Sites, " [I see] the insight from years of professional advice has been put to paper. Nowhere have I seen such a practical, effective, and easy-to-use book to solve and avoid Internet design issues. I keep a copy of the book handy to remind me of the things I forgot and to gain fresh perspectives. It never fails to deliver."
"-John Cilio, marketing manager, IBM System x & z Storage Synergy""
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"""The Design of Sites" artfully brings forward the original intent of Christopher Alexander's pattern language into the user experience design arena. It is a valuable and comprehensive reference.""-George Hackman, Jr., senior director of User Experience for User Interface Guidelines, Patterns and Standards, Oracle Corporation""
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"""The Design of Sites" is one of the best tools I have in my usability toolbox. [These] Web UI design patterns make it easy for me to show my clients how to get the most usability bang for their buck.""
""-Claudia Alden Case, usability consultant and interaction designer, Alden Case Enterprises, Inc."
"If only biology class had been like this. Lucid text, bulletproof content, and a comprehensive taxonomy that's just as much a source of inspiration as it is a production tool. This is a really, really good book. If you build Web sites, read it.""
""-Marc Campbell, author of" Web Design Garage
Praise for the first edition of "The Design of Sites"
"Stop reinventing the wheel every time you design a Web site! "The Design of Sites" helps you rethink your Web sites in terms of genres and patterns. Once you have identified the patterns and applied the best practices for those patterns as outlined in this book, you will reduce your design effort by 50 percent . . . at least!""
""-Pawan R. Vora, vice president, Information Architecture, Seurat Company"
"The content [in "The Design of Sites"] could make a novice into a seasoned professional over a weekend. Many companies pay a fortune for the information contained in the book's primary chapters.""
""-John Cilio, marketing manager, IBM System x & z Storage Synergy"
"This book has many handy checklists for what you should and should not do in creating a conventional Web site. Just following the authors' suggestions would put your site in the top few percent for readability and usability.""
""-Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh computer and author of "The Humane Interface
"Now that "The Design of Sites" has made its appearance, we won't have to put up with those poorly designed Web pages. These authors have captured patterns from successful Web designers, including their own experience in consulting and teaching, and have made this information accessible to all of us. The book is readable yet full of worthwhile information--a valuable addition to any Web designer's bookshelf.""
""-Linda Rising, independent consultant and author of "The Patterns Handbook, The Pattern Almanac 2000, "and" Design Patterns in Communications Software
"["The Design of Sites"] bridges the gap from theory to practice and makes it possible for people in the Web-design space to use user-centered design principles in their work-without having to undertake extensive training.""
""-Maya Venkatraman, human interface engineer, Sun Microsystems"
"The coverage [in "The Design of Sites"] is excellent--issues go beyond the traditional 'design the best page' focus and do a good job of showing the context. I haven't seen any other book with the kind of breadth this has.""
""-Terry Winograd, professor of computer science, Stanford University, and editor of "Bringing Design to Software
"With this book as a reference, you can benefit from what companies like Yahoo! have learned and apply it to your site, even if you don't have a design and research team similarly sized and staffed.""
""From the foreword by Irene Au, director of User Experience, Google; former vice president of User Experience and Design, Yahoo!""
" ""The Design of Sites""""," """Second Edition, is the definitive reference for the principles, patterns, methodologies, and best practices underlying exceptional Web design. If you are involved in the creation of dynamic Web sites, this book will give you all the necessary tools and techniques to create effortless end-user Web experiences, improve customer satisfaction, and achieve a balanced approach to Web design.
After a comprehensive tutorial covering the foundations of good Web site design, you will move on to discover the thirteen major Web design pattern groups. These patterns solve recurring design problems and help design teams avoid reinventing the wheel. Patterns range from creating a solid navigation framework and the all-important home page, to instilling trust and building credibility with your customers and improving site performance through better design.
The book features Coverage of AJAX, the Mobile Web, and online communities Seventeen new design patterns to add to the original ninety, including the new blog site type More than twenty significantly updated patterns 450 four-color screen shots and diagrams, including more than 150 new images Key site elements, including site maps, style sheets, dynamic elements, and customer profiles Clear, visual organization with color-coded sections for easy reference A balanced approach to Web design that takes both customer and business needs into account

About the Author

Douglas K. van Duyne, entrepreneur and software designer, is cofounder and a principal of Naviscent, a Web research and design firm. He has been an innovator in customer-centered design, online shopping, e-commerce, and multimedia development for numerous Global 2000 companies.

James A. Landay is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington. Previously, he served as the director of Intel Research Seattle, which focuses on the emerging world of ubiquitous computing, and as an associate professor for computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jason I. Hong is a computer science professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (December 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131345559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131345553
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. G Lee on September 29, 2007
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I was hoping this book would have more fundamental design insights that could be applied to various situations. However, I found it to be a bit too obvious with samples and ideas based on common websites. The design points were ones anyone who browses the web could have figured out on their own. Essentially the book would use popular websites as models and say do your sites like this. There was no obvious indicator that these were even patterns per se. Just that these sites are popular so they must be the best way of doing it. That didn't seem particularly convincing when most sites design changes every 2-3 years. It also didn't highlight the shortcomings and tradeoffs you must make when choosing a particular pattern. Essentially this book wasn't much use to me since the websites I work on don't fit any of their models. I was hoping for a book where you can apply *fundamental* design patterns to all types of situations not just the specific ones mentioned (e.g. The best way to format entry fields, when to use a pop up versus show everything at once, how mnay items to show in a list, when to use pagination versus list scrolling, and the why's and hows and tradeoffs and all that stuff we consider when designing a web site.) I was hoping for something along the lines of the Microsoft style guide I read several years ago, but catered for the web.
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The amount of web site design knowledge presented in this text is almost unbelievable. Almost every aspect of website design is covered. If you're looking for a 'implementation how-to' book, look elsewhere. This text is more of a 'design how-to' text, and it does an unparalleled job of that.
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The second updated edition of THE DESIGN OF SITES offers a foundation survey of the principles and best practices underlying outstanding Web design, making it a recommended pick not just for computer collections, but for college-level classroom use. Web designers receive a tutorial on the basics of good web site design, with coverage of AJAX, the latest new design patterns, updated patterns, and more accompanied by color screen shots, diagrams, and discussions of site elements. From the basics of accessibility to direct manipulation and website values, all aspects of web design are surveyed. A top pick for classroom assignment and discussion, especially.

Diane C. Donovan

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I bought the Design of Sites book about three months ago and have read about 250 pages of it so far. The book has full-color pages and is a great reference for design decisions. It covers topics for so many different types of web projects. It talks about design, usability, information architecture, and almost all aspects of the web. It isn't meant to be read cover-to-cover, but the amount of great ideas and design solutions it presents make it hard to only read it when you have an issue. Over 800 pages and a great appendix with sample usability evaluations and how to conduct online research will without question make you a better web designer/developer. I can't wait to finish reading it.
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I am taking college courses for web design and I keep thinking to myself why they don't make this book a standard for the courses I am taking. This book is a wealth of information on any subject or problem that you might run into in designing a site for the client as well as the user. I may be quite selfish and want to keep the information about this book a secret, that is how good it is. I keep returning to the book over and over again to answer questions for my courses (that the required books) don't explain in detail. I think that says alot about this wonderful book. If you have any hesitations about buying it DON'T.
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This book tells me exactly what to do to design a website.

I'm a researcher in a government lab working on a large aeronautics and data mining research project. We'd like our work to be more open to the public, and I'm responsible for designing a website to engage the public in active collaboration. I've got less than a year, I have a small inexperienced team (me included), and I'm trying to teach them customer-centered methods as we go along. This book is like a godsend! It puts everything in one place! It gives me hope that I can actually pull this off!
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I am getting through the book and it is a treasure trove of knowledge about good design. The patterns discussed in the book can be implemented almost immediately. I like how they included AJAX in the book as an enhancement not a distraction to websites. They even emphasized mobile web applications and patterns for those. If you are building any type of web-based/network-based application, this book should be on your shelf.
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This book was highly recommended in a presentation on UI design patterns that I attended. Until I bought my copy I didn't realize how extremely useful it was.

Unlike other UI design pattern books, it covers more than basic page/widget level items. These include types of sites (eCommerce, news, etc.), sections and pages (message boards, help systems, newsletters), as well as lower level items.

Less obvious, but more practical for those with little or no background in UI design, is that it distills a huge amount of research, best ideas/practices and general usability guidelines. This can be invaluable when creating new and unfamiliar web sites/pages/interface elements quickly.

This new edition ensures that it's more current in response though they make clear that for all the hype about new technologies, most of the basic patterns have not changed. Where something HAS changed, they note it.

Beyond the patterns are well written explanations of user (or their preferred term "consumer") centered design practices. Though there are many other books on that subject, it does make this almost a singular "one-book" resource.
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