Human Interface: A Developer's Guide to the Art of Software Design / Edition 1

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A fun, practical guide for designing easy-to-use software. Geared for people actively involved in building products, Bickford gives a from-the-trenches view of what it takes to produce great software. Avoiding the mire of abstract theory, Interface Design offers practical tips and advice stemming from the experience of a renowned interface expert. The book is derived from Bickford's columns with enhanced depth and material engineered to appeal to anyone interested in the art and science of good interface design. Throughout Interface Design, Bickford covers a vast variety of design issues ranging from taming the incomprehensible interfaces of database systems and the Internet, to using sound and animation effectively in multimedia. Bickford offers techniques for controlling the ever-growing complexity of computer software. He tackles clearly and effectively the challenge of translating new features of complex software applications into real benefits, and he makes an impassioned case for design based on the needs of the user, not just the engineering team.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120958603
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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This book is a practical guide for designing easy-to-use software. It offers an on-the-job view of what it takes to create great products, offering practical tips and advice, instead of forcing the reader to extropolate from abstract psychological theory.Human Interface targets a wide range of design issues, from taming the incomprehensible interfaces of database systems and the Internet, to using sound and animation effectively in multimedia. Throughout the book, the author offers techniques for controlling the growing complexity of computer software, and makes an impassioned case for intelligent design based on the needs of real users.KEY FEATURES
  • Useful for programmers of all skill levels
  • Limits focus of specific programming languages or development environments
  • Covers basic interface issues applicable to most types of projects, as well as specific advice for database, multimedia, networking, and web-based projects

Peter Bickford is Apple&#39s most recognized Interface Design authority, having written Apple Direction&#39s monthly Human Interface column for four years.

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