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Designing Usable Web Interfaces / Edition 1
     

Designing Usable Web Interfaces / Edition 1

by Ameeta D. Jadav
 

ISBN-10: 0130888540

ISBN-13: 9780130888549

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Written from the practical perspective of web designers and developers, this book explores the planning, conceptualizing, and designing of usable, high-quality, efficient, and effective web sites. Using simple and easy-to-understand language, analogies, actual website examples, and a case study, it offers a holistic and non-prescriptive in approach,

Overview

Written from the practical perspective of web designers and developers, this book explores the planning, conceptualizing, and designing of usable, high-quality, efficient, and effective web sites. Using simple and easy-to-understand language, analogies, actual website examples, and a case study, it offers a holistic and non-prescriptive in approach, sensitizing readers to the important issues and systematic conceptualizations that will lead to effective websites and an efficient development process—but without making decisions for them. What Is Web Design? Types of Web Applications. The Project Team. The Project Development Process. Information Architecture. Interface Design. Writing for the Web. Measuring Success of a Web Site. Web Site Development Case Study. For Web designers, web developers; project managers; interface designers; and web design clients.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130888549
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxiii
Prefacexv
Chapter 1What Is Web Design?1
Definition of Web Design3
Information Architecture5
Interface Design6
Copy7
Web Design Perspectives8
Web Site Evaluation10
Summary12
Guiding Questions12
Exercises12
Chapter 2Types of Web Applications13
Introduction13
Brand Sites13
Personal Sites14
Event Sites16
Business-to-Customer (B2C) E-Commerce Sites16
Business-to-Business (B2B) Extranet Sites17
Training and Education Sites18
News Sites20
Intranet Sites21
Entertainment Sites22
Portal Sites23
On-Line Communities24
Summary25
Reference25
Guiding Questions25
Exercise25
Chapter 3The Project Team27
Roles in a Web Project28
Information Architect, Instructional Designer, and Systems Analyst42
Summary43
Guiding Question43
Exercise43
Chapter 4The Project Development Process45
The Model of a Project Life Cycle45
Proposal48
Planning51
Design54
Production57
Usability Evaluation59
Client Approval and Acceptance of the Site59
Site Maintenance and Monitoring60
Evaluation and Idea Generation Methods60
Summary62
References63
Guiding Questions63
Exercise64
Chapter 5Information Architecture65
Information Architecture Activities65
Information Listing66
Navigation Structure68
Process Mapping73
Information Design74
Site Map and Flowchart83
Navigation Prototype84
Considerations for Information Architecture86
Summary90
Guiding Questions91
Exercises91
Chapter 6Interface Design93
Metaphors95
Colors97
Graphic Style and Medium100
Typography100
Layout103
Navigation Aids and Interaction Design108
Animation120
Audio and Video120
Design Concept Note121
Concept Boards (Comps)122
Interface Prototype126
Production Considerations127
Summary127
References128
Guiding Questions128
Exercises128
Chapter 7Writing for the Web129
The Challenges to a Web Writer131
Documentation133
Guidelines for the Web Writer134
Summary140
Reference140
Guiding Questions140
Exercise140
Chapter 8Measuring the Success of a Web Site141
Heuristics Evaluation141
Focus Groups142
Visitor Feedback143
Traffic Analysis143
Task Completion on the Site145
Inquiries Generated Through the Site145
Revenue Generated Through the Site145
Usability Study145
Summary154
References155
Guiding Questions155
Exercise155
Chapter 9Web Site Development Case Study157
The Team157
Project Success158
The Project160
Appendix ARequirements Analysis Outline165
Appendix BProject Costing Template169
Appendix CInformation Architecture Template171
Appendix DDesign Concept Note Template175
Appendix ECase Study--Creations Web Site Project Proposal179
Appendix FCase Study--Information Architecture and Copy191
Appendix GCase Study--Technical Feasibility Study201
Appendix HCase Study--Design Explorations205
Appendix ICase Study--Production Specifications209
Appendix JCase Study--Quality Assurance217
Appendix KCase Study--Usability Study221
Credits241
Index247

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