The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques / Edition 1

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Designing a Graphic User Interface (GUI) is difficult and time consuming, especially for novice programmers. Even experienced programmers often don't know the difference between a superior GUI and a mediocre one, and the result can be screens that are too complex and difficult to use.

This book is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to building user-friendly system interfaces so that developers may learn the basics of good interface design, using practical examples from systems that have been proven to work well.
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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: 9780471157557
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/13/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilbert O. Galitz is an intrnationally renowned consultant, author, and instructor in information systems. He is President of Galitz, Inc., a firm that focuses on the human factors and ergonomics of systems. Mr. Galitz conducts seminars and workshops worldwide and is in great demand as a public speaker.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
Pt. 1 The User Interface - An Introduction and Overview 1
The Importance of the User Interface 3
Characteristics of Graphical and Web User Interfaces 15
Pt. 2 The User Interface Design Process 53
Know Your User or Client 61
Understand the Business Function 87
Understand the Principles of Good Screen Design 109
Develop System Menus and Navigation Schemes 249
Select the Proper Kinds of Windows 337
Select the Proper Device-Based Controls 385
Choose the Proper Screen-Based Controls 403
Write Clear Text and Messages 517
Provide Effective Feedback and Guidance and Assistance 541
Provide Effective Internationalization and Accessibility 569
Create Meaningful Graphics, Icons and Images 589
Choose the Proper Colors 621
Organize and Layout Windows and Pages 655
Test, Test, and Retest 701
References 731
Index 743
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