User Interface Design: A Software Engineering Perspective / Edition 1

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Designing the user interface is a key part in the development of any computer system. The designer needs to ensure that the system has adequate usability - it must do what is required and be easy to use. This book shows you how to design the user interface in a systematic and practical way. It bridges the gap between traditional programming perspectives, which often see the user interface as an afterthought, and human-computer interaction approaches, which are more user-centric but give little guidance on screen design and system development.


·        Uses the Virtual Window Method to define the right screens and transform them into a full user interface. Illustrates the method with several complex applications.

·        Shows how user interface design relates to systems development and object-oriented approaches.

·        Unique structure of the text makes it ideal for undergraduate students, IT conversion course students and professional courses.

·        Accompanying website with supplementary material for both tutors and students at .

Soren Lauesen has over 20 years of industrial experience and 20 years of research experience. He is currently full professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Software Requirements: Styles and Techniques also published by Addison-Wesley.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321181435
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/19/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. A Best of the classics
1 Usability 3
2 Prototyping and iterative design 41
3 Data presentation 67
4 Mental models and interface design 105
Pt. B Systematic interface design
5 Analysis, visions and domain description 133
6 Virtual Windows design 167
7 Function design 217
8 Prototypes and defect correction 273
9 Reflections on user interface design 293
Pt. C Supplementary design issues
10 Web-based course rating 309
11 Designing an e-mail system 343
12 User documentation and support 381
13 More on usability testing 413
14 Heuristic evaluation 443
15 Systems development 465
16 Data modelling 487
17 Exercises 543
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