Bringing Design to Software / Edition 1

Bringing Design to Software / Edition 1

by Terry Winograd
     
 

In this landmark book, Terry Winograd shows how to improve the practice of software design by applying lessons from other areas of design to the creation of software. The goal is to create software that works -- really works -- because it is both appropriate and effective for the people who use it.

The book contains essays contributed by prominent software

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In this landmark book, Terry Winograd shows how to improve the practice of software design by applying lessons from other areas of design to the creation of software. The goal is to create software that works -- really works -- because it is both appropriate and effective for the people who use it.

The book contains essays contributed by prominent software and design professionals, interviews with experts, and profiles of successful projects and products. These elements are woven together to illuminate what design is, to identify the common core of practices in every design field, and to show how software builders can apply these practices to produce software that is more satisfying for users. The initial chapters view software from the user's perspective, featuring the insights of experienced software designers and developers, including Mitchell Kapor, David Liddle, John Rheinfrank, Peter Denning, and John Seely Brown. Subsequent chapters turn to the designer and the design process, with contributions from designers and design experts, including David Kelley, Donald Schön, and Donald Norman. Profiles discussing Mosaic, Quicken, Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines, Microsoft Bob, and other notable applications and projects highlight key points in the chapters.

This book is for a broad community of people who conceive, develop, market, evaluate, and use software. It is foremost for software designers-- particularly the reflective designer who is driven by practical concerns yet is able to step back for a moment and reflect on what works, what doesn't work, and why. At the same time, it reveals new directions and new possibilities for programmers who build software and for product managers who bring software to market.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201854916
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
05/17/1996
Series:
ACM Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1A Software Design Manifesto1
2Design of the Conceptual Model17
3The Role of the Artist-Designer37
4Design Languages63
5The Consumer Spectrum87
6Action-Centered Design105
7Keeping It Simple129
8The Designer's Stance151
9Reflective Conversation with Materials171
10Cultures of Prototyping191
11Footholds for Design215
12Design as Practiced233
13Organizational Support for Software Design253
14Design for People at Work273
Reflection295
Bibliography301
Name Index311
Subject Index315

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