- Paperback: 474 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735711968
- ISBN-13: 978-0735711969
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
"Making the Web Work" is one of the first books to discuss in detail the unique challenges and issues involved in designing Web-based applications and services. The book tackles this subject on three levels by describing a structured method for prioritizing and categorizing individual design decisions, by offering a detailed analysis of various design options, and by documenting established Web interface conventions. Individual chapters focus on conceptual modeling, task flow, information architecture, navigation, form design, online help, and visual design for Web applications. The book concludes with an in-depth analysis of two well-known consumer applications, Amazon.com and Ofoto.
"Applications are clearly at the heart of the future of web interaction. Bob has created a clear and compelling guide for the creation of web activities that successfully and realistically address people's needs and aspirations." --John Rheinfrank, CEO, seeSpace and Clinical Professor, Kellogg School of Management
"Although a corporation's web site can have a huge impact on their brand, image, and customer satisfaction, the unfortunate reality is that web design is not a well-understood discipline within corporate America. This book makes a compelling case for the importance of web design and provides a comprehensive framework and processes for creating web applications that are both useful and usable. Bob's real-life examples and humor make the book approachable and practical for all professionals involved in the creation of web applications." --Jennifer Bailey, Former SVP, Netscape Communications
About the Author
Bob Baxley is a practicing designer who lives and works in Silicon Valley. Specializing in interaction design for both Web applications and services as well as desktop products, Bob has worked in a variety of corporate and startup environments. He began his career in 1990 as the designer for ClarisWorks, and later worked on a variety of projects for Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Epiphany, NetObjects, Ameritrade, and others. Currently, Bob runs the Design and Usability teams at myCFO, a leading wealth management firm. In 1985, he received a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a Masters of Liberal Arts from Stanford University in 2000.
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Good design is not a hit-or-miss issue. Mr. Baxley provides a comprehensive, in-depth framework for exploring the nine dimensions of web application design space: the Conceptual Model, the Structural Model, the Organizational Model, Viewing and Navigation, Editing and Manipulation, User Assistance, Layout, Style, and Text. Each layer is presented in an easy-to-understand manner, always from the point of view of what "works" for the user. Mr. Baxley uses examples taken directly from the web to illustrate his points: I found myself returning to some of my favorite sites to see how the designers handled issues ranging from their choice of conceptual model (magazine-style catalogs versus reference-style catalogs) to navigation choices to layout alignment.
This book is much more than just a book on usability, layout, graphics or web page controls. It is rather a comprehensive approach to web application design, thoughtfully and humorously argued, and interspersed throughout with tips and techniques for the would-be designer. Although it would be a great text for a course on advanced web design, it will become a well-thumbed and indispensable addition to every web developer's library.
If you're looking for detailed advice, you'll definitely find it here -- from where to place controls on a table to how to write clear labels and explanatory text for the web. But I found the book's core strength to be the higher-level stuff -- it presents a way to think about UI design of complex, large-scale projects, and weaves in a range of topics including product vision, conceptual models, information architecture, and navigation. It's a great blend of high-level process and detailed strategies.
The advice in Baxley's book is on target for anyone charged with designing or creating web applications, but could also apply to complex websites that aren't applications, and to applications that aren't on the web.
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