- 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: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,000 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.
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This might be a good book for a novice, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is well into the industry, as you will probably just wish you could get that time back.
The only good thing about it is that you will learn the vocabulary of the industry. It's like a fluffed up data dictionary, that's all. I don't recommend it unless you have time to waste. It's nicely designed though.
From a design viewpoint, their visual structure is well done. However, the choice of an expanded sans serif type, coupled with a 6.5 inch line length makes for poor, difficult readability. The readability standard for line length is 1 1/2 to 2 lengths of the chosen alphabet. In addition, although the book's paper has a matt gloss finish, it is still reflective under a reading lamp, adding to the lack of ease in reading.
I find it interesting that a book that dwells so well on aspects of the various patterns that can be used for good web sites ranks so poorly in the text that describes it. As far back as the 1950's, people like Miles Tinker researched and wrote extensively on what today might be called "patterns for print readability." To find it so ignored in this otherwise excellent text makes me rank it far lower on the scale than it otherwise deserves.
Other books that O'Reilly has published such as Information Architecture for the World Wide Web use an easy to read serif type, and a paper stock that is non-relective under a desk lamp. For a less flashy design, but one that is much more reader-friendly regarding ease of reading the content, look at The Design of Sites, published by Addison Wesley.
Print is still around, and although it is not as compelling an area for new book design as the Web is, good readable design for print still matters.
Anyone using the web or just about any software has seen the basic UI elements discussed in the book and should be familiar enough with them to know how they work.
The most irritating element of the book -- apart from the lack of useful information -- is the constant referring of sections later in the book. All too often one section will mention a method or a device that isn't described until a later chapter, making it very difficult to follow.
Overall: just bad.
The book is beautifully laid out and illustrated. The amount of theory preceding each group of patterns seems right on the mark.
¿Why the low star rating?
The book's binding broke before I finished reading it, something that's completely not user-friendly. If you're not in a hurry I'd wait for a second edition that fixes the problem.