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The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques Paperback – May 15 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471084646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471084648
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,210,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An informative step-by-step guide to building user-friendly system interfaces

Well-designed graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for business systems can greatly increase user productivity. Unfortunately, designing them can be difficult and time-consuming for both novice and experienced programmers. Fortunately, Bill Galitz has written an insightful, comprehensive guide to the principles and techniques of effective UI design. Written especially for first-time developers, but also very useful for experienced developers, this book includes numerous practical examples illustrating both good and poor interface design for traditional and Web-based information systems.

Extensively updated to reflect the many changes in interface design since the first edition was published in 1996, this authoritative guide addresses interface and screen design from the user's perspective, spelling out hundreds of principles of good design in a clear and concise manner. Galitz blends the results of screen design research, knowledge concerning people, knowledge about the technical capabilities of the interface, and practical experience into designing a display-based system interface.

You'll also find detailed discussions of:
* User behavior, both innate and learned, and how it affects design
* The principles of good interface layout, including an objective measure of screen complexity
* Selecting the key components of interfaces, including windows and controls, and how they can be combined to promote efficient system use
* Designing system menus and navigation schemes
* The proper use of color and graphics
* Creating comprehensible messages and text
* Usability testing to assure system success

About the Author

WILBERT O. GALITZ is an internationally recognized consultant, author, and instructor on information systems and user interface design. He is president of Galitz, Inc., a firm that focuses on the human factors and ergonomics of systems.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Doe on July 4 2003
Format: Paperback
One of those books, you know: if you can, you don't need it, if you can't it won't help you; reminiscent of the MS UI guide -- a collection of self-evident banalities treated upon with the maxumum possible verbiage in a brutishly earnest style. Absolutely pointless waste of dead trees... the reviews below surprise me.
At any rate: if curious, do not buy sight unseen -- thumb through it in a bookstore first.
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The field of interface and interaction design is formally known as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). It is significant that a large amount of HCI deals with non-programming issues such as psychological approaches to end-user experience, social manners of the audience, and more. The Essential Guide to User Interface Design provide a comprehensive overview of the essentials of interface design.
The Essential Guide to User Interface Design focuses on the actual design of the GUI. While Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction explains why a user may react a specific way to a GUI, The Essential Guide to User Interface Design details the principles and techniques effective for GUI design. Although the book does focus on end-user interaction with systems, the bulk of the book focuses on the actual interface design and layout.
The book provides numerous examples of how small changes can affect end-user productivity, including how the selection of the appropriate component can be used to make a more efficient application. From a business perspective, Chapter 1 shows how one company saved a fortune in operational costs by simply redesigning one window in their application. While ROI is generally not a case for better GUI design, it is a compelling byproduct, nonetheless.
The book is divided into two parts. The first two chapters make up Part 1 and provide an overview of the importance of the user interface. The basics of HCI and GUIs are also detailed in this section.
Part 2 constitutes the bulk of the book (Chapters 3 through 16). In Part 2, the author describes 14 steps involved with the user interface design process. Steps 1 and 2 involve understanding who the end user is and the business function.
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By A Customer on June 5 2002
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I'd owned the first edition, and this new edition has been thoroughly updated to cover Web design. I'd highly recommend this, especially for developers who are starting out to create their first user interface--though I've got to say, even I learned a lot from the detailed, real-world examples the author provides. Well worth the price of entry!
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By A Customer on June 5 2002
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This book is terrific--the most comprehensive treatment I've found on user interface design. I teach a course at a community college on user interface and Web design, and this provides a really clear and complete introduction. I will defintely be using it next semester.
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There is useful information in this book but it
could have been said in about 1/10 of the space.
Concept are repeated ad nauseum. And author uses
ancient GUI styles for examples instead of current
ones. Extremely painful to read.
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