The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques / Edition 2by Wilbert O. Galitz
Pub. Date: 05/24/2002
Well-designed graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for business systems can greatly increase user productivity. Unfortunately, designing them can be difficult and time-consuming for both novice and experienced programmers. Fortunately, Bill Galitz has written an insightful, comprehensive guide
An informative step-by-step guide to building user-friendly system interfaces
Well-designed graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for business systems can greatly increase user productivity. Unfortunately, designing them can be difficult and time-consuming for both novice and experienced programmers. Fortunately, Bill Galitz has written an insightful, comprehensive guide to the principles and techniques of effective UI design. Written especially for first-time developers, but also very useful for experienced developers, this book includes numerous practical examples illustrating both good and poor interface design for traditional and Web-based information systems.
Extensively updated to reflect the many changes in interface design since the first edition was published in 1996, this authoritative guide addresses interface and screen design from the user's perspective, spelling out hundreds of principles of good design in a clear and concise manner. Galitz blends the results of screen design research, knowledge concerning people, knowledge about the technical capabilities of the interface, and practical experience into designing a display-based system interface.
You'll also find detailed discussions of:
* User behavior, both innate and learned, and how it affects design
* The principles of good interface layout, including an objective measure of screen complexity
* Selecting the key components of interfaces, including windows and controls, and how they can be combined to promote efficient system use
* Designing system menus and navigation schemes
* The proper use of color and graphics
* Creating comprehensible messages and text
* Usability testing to assure system success
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- Edition description:
- Older Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 7.40(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.61(d)
Table of Contents
PART I: THE USER INTERFACE - AN INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW.
The Importance of the User Interface.
Characteristics of Graphical and Web User Interfaces.
PART II: THE USER INTERFACE DESIGN PROCESS.
Know Your User or Client.
Understand the Business Function.
Understand the Principles of Good Screen Design.
Develop System Menus and Navigation Schemes.
Select the Proper Kinds of Windows.
Select the Proper Device-Based Controls.
Choose the Proper Screen-Based Controls.
Writing Clear Text and Messages.
Provide Effective Feedback, Guidance, and Assistance.
Provide Effective Internationalization and Accessibility.
Create Meaningful Icons and Graphics.
Choose the Proper Colors.
Organize and Lay Out Windows and Pages.
Test, Test, and Retest.
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