- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596008031
- ISBN-13: 978-0596008031
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a definitely good book to study before you set out to design some new application or website and maybe an inspiration to revisit existing material." - John Collins, news@UK, September 2006
About the Author
For more than a decade, Jenifer Tidwell has been designing and building user interfaces for a variety of industry verticals, often in the Java programming language. She has experience in designing both desktop and Web applications. As a user interface designer at The MathWorks, Jenifer was instrumental in a redesign of the charting and visualization UI of MATLAB, which is used by researchers, students, and engineers worldwide to develop cars, planes, proteins, and theories about the universe.
Top customer reviews
If you're going to have to work with clients on interface design, or have done so, you know that it can often turn into a holy war over where to put buttons and what colors to use. Everyone knows best in that situation, and no one knows why they do. This book presents a pattern language for describing why a button should be where it is or a color should be what it is, which allows you to use theory and logic against managers and customers who have no real idea why they like things they way that they do.
Another great thing that Jenifer does is inline references to other topics in the book and she gives the reader the chapter that those topics are on.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is starting out in User Interface Design.
Much of interface design is about common trends and assumptions people have when they get on a device and need to manipulate it. This book really outlines those "mental models" and explains them with diagrams and pictures. Being in web design, I know that the mobile world is really taking off, so using design patterns from mobile devices and meshing them with web design is where design trends are going. Rules and habits are different on various devices, and this book really illuminates those areas if you haven't had much experience with software development or mobile usability testing.
Bottom Line: Great foundation book to have a better understanding of how to design for different devices.
Designing Interfaces is a thorough and practical study of the most common design patterns for user interfaces. I found it informative and applicable to my vocation.
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