The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques / Edition 3

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Bringing together the results of more than 300 new design studies, an understanding of people, knowledge of hardware and software capabilities, and the author’s practical experience gained from 45 years of work with display-based systems, this book addresses interface and screen design from the user’s perspective. You will learn how to create an effective design methodology, design and organize screens and Web pages that encourage efficient comprehension and execution, and create screen icons and graphics that make displays easier and more comfortable to use.

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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble Review: Subtitled An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques. This is a software development guide specifically focused on human interaction with computer screens. Introduces GUI screen design principles and characteristics. Explains the design process from the standpoint of clients, business functions, windows, menus, and color selection. Examines screen-based control layout, meaningful icons, and effective feedback (with an emphasis on thorough testing). A good complementary volume is Global Interface Design : A Guide to Designing International User Interfaces.
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Written for first-time developers and also useful for experienced developers, this guide to principles and techniques of graphical user interface design includes numerous examples illustrating both successful and unsuccessful interface design for traditional and Web- based information systems. This second edition is updated to reflect the changes in interface design since the first edition was published in 1996. Galitz is president of a firm that focuses on the human factors and ergonomics of systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470053423
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/19/2007
  • Series: CourseSmart Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.91 (d)

Meet the Author

WILBERT O. GALITZ is an internationally respected consultant, author, and instructor in human factors and user interface design. He has lectured and conducted seminars on these topics worldwide and is recognized as a top authority on screen design. Bill has been involved with information systems for 45 years and writing about interface design since 1981.

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Table of Contents

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Part 1: The User Interface—An Introduction andOverview.

Chapter 1: The Importance of the User Interface.

Chapter 2: Characteristics of Graphical and Web UserInterface.

Part 2: The User Interface Design Process.

Step 1.  Know Your User or Client.

Step 2. Understand the Business Function.

Step 3. Understand the Principles of Good Interface and ScreenDesign.

Step 4. Develop System Menus and Navigation Schemes.

Step 5. Select the Proper Kinds of Windows.

Step 6. Select the Proper Interaction Devices.

Step 7. Choose the Proper Screen-Based Controls.

Step 8. Write Clear Text and Messages.

Step 9. Provide Effective Feedback and Guidance andAssistance.

Step 10. Provide Effective Internationalization andAccessibility.

Step 11. Create Meaningful Graphics, Icons, and Images.

Step 12. Choose the Proper Colors.

Step 13. Organize and Layout Windows and Pages.

Step 14. Test, Test, and Retest.



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