A Pattern Language for Web Usability

A Pattern Language for Web Usability

by Ian Graham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201788888

ISBN-13: 9780201788884

Pub. Date: 01/31/2003

Publisher: Pearson Education

Despite the astronomical number of hours invested in developing websites for commercial and other uses, it is now clear that many websites are poorly designed and have floundered as a result. There are four main aspects of website design that can affect a site's success: usability, content, navigation and aesthetics. The last three aspects all contribute in some way

Overview

Despite the astronomical number of hours invested in developing websites for commercial and other uses, it is now clear that many websites are poorly designed and have floundered as a result. There are four main aspects of website design that can affect a site's success: usability, content, navigation and aesthetics. The last three aspects all contribute in some way to the first. One possible solution to the problem of ineffective website design is to develop and follow a set of guidelines for designing usable websites. One of the most important recent deas in software development is that of design patterns. Design patterns are standard solutions to recurring problems, defined to help people discuss them easily and to share solutions to common design problems. This book introduces and details a pattern language that will help you to address all four aspects crucial to website design success. As well as defining the 79 patterns that make up his pattern language, Ian Graham provides a handy reference to existing best practice, organized in a way that reflects the structure of a typical web design project. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of good and bad websites to help you grasp clearly the essentials of successful website design. The full color pattern language is ready for you to apply to your own design projects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201788884
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
01/31/2003
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Trademark noticevi
Prefacevii
1An introduction to patterns1
1.1What are patterns?1
1.2Patterns in software engineering7
1.3Organizational patterns12
1.4Other pattern types19
1.5Patterns or patterns languages?20
2Designing user interfaces23
2.1Introduction to HCl and GUI design25
2.2Designing intertaction30
2.3Usability patterns42
2.4Bibliographical notes44
3The wu pattern language47
3.1Basics48
3.2Getting started on your site52
3.3Enhancing usability117
3.4Adding detail160
3.5Dealing with workflow and security220
4Examples of using the wu language253
4.1Designing a workflow-centric site253
4.2Designing the wu site254
4.3Designing and improving other kinds of site259
Appendixwu patterns in brief261
References and bibliography265
Name index271
Subject index275

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