User interface tools have become richer, but designing intuitive software is still tough. (If you’re designing for cellphones, GPS systems, DVRs, or other new contraptions, it’s even tougher.) Designing Interfaces organizes today’s best wisdom into patterns you can use, learn from, riff on. Use it to build interfaces that meet your unique challenges -- and leverage your creativity -- even as they remain friendly and familiar.
Jenifer Tidwell begins with the patterns of user behavior that should drive your work. (Users want instant gratification, settle for “good enough,” sometimes change their minds...) Then, thoughtfully and systematically, she addresses information architecture; application structure; navigation and wayfinding; displaying complex data; supporting user commands, actions, and input; and a whole lot more. There’s even a chapter on making applications look great -- without sacrificing one iota of usability. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only