Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions

Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions

by Bill Scott, Theresa Neil

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Want to learn how to create great user experiences on today's Web? In this book, UI experts Bill Scott and Theresa Neil present more than 75 design patterns for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction. Distilled from the authors' years of experience at Sabre, Yahoo!, and Netflix, these best practices are grouped into six key principles to help you take advantage of the web technologies available today. With an entire section devoted to each design principle, Designing Web Interfaces helps you:

  • Make It Direct-Edit content in context with design patterns for In Page Editing, Drag & Drop, and Direct Selection
  • Keep It Lightweight-Reduce the effort required to interact with a site by using In Context Tools to leave a "light footprint"
  • Stay on the Page-Keep visitors on a page with overlays, inlays, dynamic content, and in-page flow patterns
  • Provide an Invitation-Help visitors discover site features with invitations that cue them to the next level of interaction
  • Use Transitions-Learn when, why, and how to use animations, cinematic effects, and other transitions
  • React Immediately-Provide a rich experience by using lively responses such as Live Search, Live Suggest, Live Previews, and more

Designing Web Interfaces illustrates many patterns with examples from working websites. If you need to build or renovate a website to be truly interactive, this book gives you the principles for success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596554453
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Bill Scott is director of UI Engineering at Netflix in Los Gatos, CA, where he plies his interface engineering and design skills. Scott is the former Yahoo! Ajax evangelist and pattern curator for the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library.

He has a long and glamorous history in the IT world, due mostly to his unique understanding of both the technical and creative aspects of designing usable products. His ramblings and musings can be found at

Theresa Neil is a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas, where she designs rich applications for start-ups and Fortune500 companies.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Make It Direct
    • Chapter 1: In-Page Editing
    • Chapter 2: Drag and Drop
    • Chapter 3: Direct Selection

  • Keep It Lightweight
    • Chapter 4: Contextual Tools

  • Stay on the Page
    • Chapter 5: Overlays
    • Chapter 6: Inlays
    • Chapter 7: Virtual Pages
    • Chapter 8: Process Flow

  • Provide an Invitation
    • Chapter 9: Static Invitations
    • Chapter 10: Dynamic Invitations

  • Use Transitions
    • Chapter 11: Transitional Patterns
    • Chapter 12: Purpose of Transitions

  • React Immediately
    • Chapter 13: Lookup Patterns
    • Chapter 14: Feedback Patterns

  • Principles and Patterns for Rich Interaction
  • Colophon

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