User Interface Design and Evaluation / Edition 1

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Overview

"User Interface Design and Evaluation is comprehensive and clear. It's an amazing achievement — a textbook in plain English that works both for the classroom and for practitioners learning on their own. It covers the entire user-centered design process with details on the steps and techniques for requirements gathering, design, and evaluation. It includes great stories and case studies as well as engaging exercises. This is a superb book that puts all the pieces together."
—Ginny Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc.

"The book's coverage of traditional HCI notions (e.g., visibility, affordance, feedback, metaphors, mental models, and the like), combined with practical guidelines to contemporary designs (e.g., GUIs, Web) ranks this work among the best in the field, particularly well suited as a textbook for students in a HCI class."
—Andrew Duchowski, Clemson University

Whether you are a professional new to the user-centered design field, or an experienced designer who needs to learn the fundamentals of user interface design and evaluation, this book can lead the way.

What will you get from this book? Based on a course from the Open University, UK which has been taught to over a thousand professionals and students, this book presents an overview of the field. It illustrates the benefits of a user-centered approach to the design of software, computer systems, and web sites, and provides a clear and practical discussion of requirements gathering; developing interaction design from user requirements; and user interface evaluation. The book's coverage includes established HCI topics—for example, visibility, affordance, feedback, metaphors, mental models, and the like—combined with practical guidelines for contemporary designs and current trends, which makes for a winning combination. You get a clear presentation of ideas, illustrations of concepts, using real-world applications.

This book will help you develop all the skills necessary for iterative user-centered design, and provides a firm foundation for user interface design and evaluation on which to build.

• Covers the design of graphical user interfaces, web sites, and interfaces for embedded systems
• Full color production, with activities, projects, hundreds of illustrations, and industrial applications.
• A supporting web site includes sample exam paper, numerous activities to practice the concepts learned, and a set of review questions to test your own learning—plus web resources.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
User Interface Design and Evaluation is comprehensive and clear. It’s an amazing achievement – a textbook in plain English that works both for the classroom and for practitioners learning on their own. This is a superb book that puts all the pieces together.”
— Ginny Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc.

“What makes this book unique is its blend of traditional HCI concepts and contemporary guidelines as well as its inclusion of practical pointers for acceptance of user-centered design. Unlike other HCI books, this text is generally succinct and to the point. Yet beyond being an excellent reference, it also includes very good practical examples.”
— Andrew Duchowski, Clemson University

“The entire UI design process is presented in this text with an effective blend of theory and practice. The strength of this text is the step-by-step “how-to-do-usability” guidance provided throughout the text.”
— Laurie P. Dringus, Nova Southeastern University

“This text provides a solid introduction to current thought and practices in User Interface Design and Evaluation. The authors provide a logical structure for the highly iterative work of UI Design, and the book is organized to support classroom presentation and discussion.”
— Karl Steiner, Ph.D. Usability Manager, UGS

“While reading the review copy of this book, I actually felt guilty about having taught so many HCI courses with the existing well-known textbooks. This book offers much more of the sort of material that students yearn for but find too little of in existing textbooks: extensive, concrete, and realistic advice and examples about how to proceed while designing and evaluating user interfaces.”
— Anthony Jameson, Professor, International University in Germany and Principal Researcher at DFKI,the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

“There is an incredible amount of information in this book. If you are involved in developing user interfaces, it is the best start for your journey.”
— Elisa Kaplan Miller, Technical Communications, November 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120884360
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Series: Interactive Technologies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 437,947
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction. II. Requirements: How to gather requirements; Users and the domain; Tasks and Work; Thinking about and Describing Requirements; Case Study on requirements. III. Design: Work reengineering and conceptual design; design rationale and principles; Interaction design; Interaction styles; Choosing Interaction devices: hardware; Choosing interaction elements: software components; Case study on Design; Style guides; guidelines and user-centered design; Designing a GUI; Designing for the Web; Design of embedded computer systems and small devices; Case study on requirements, design, and evaluation. IV Evaluation: Why evaluate? ; Deciding on what to evaluate, the strategy; Planning who, what, where, and when; Deciding how to collect data; Final preparations for the evaluation; Analysis and interpretation of user-observation evaluation data; Inspections of the User Interface; Variations and more comprehensive evaluations. V: Persuasion: Communication and using findings; Winning and maintaining support for user-centered design; Summary.

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