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Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions

Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions

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By (author) Bill Scott, By (author) Theresa Neil

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 233mm x 17mm | 534g
  • Publication date: 6 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Sebastopol
  • ISBN 10: 0596516258
  • ISBN 13: 9780596516253
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 106,464

Product description

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.

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Bill is the director of UI Engineering at NetFlix in Los Gatos, Ca where he has stocked a huge playroom full of the newest interactive toys so his team can experiment with designing for different devices. His ramblings and musings can be found at www.looksgoodworkswell.com. Theresa Neil is a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas, where she designs rich applications for start-ups and Fortune500 companies. Her work can be seen at www.designgenie.org.

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By Nelson Mendes 25 Feb 2009 5

I've ordered this book just after attending a O'Reilly webinar with Mr. Bill Scott. Although the webinar was flawed with technical problems, the content was strong and very appealing. Bill Scott knows what he talks and writes about. He's the director of the UI Engineering department, with over 25 years of work under his belt.

The book is really straight to the point and concise. It exposes you to the techniques (patterns) used in today's websites for enhancing User Experience.

You have plenty of full color pictures to illustrate each technique (in my edition some of the pictures were not well printed, but they all are available in a Flickr account).

You'll have access a series of patterns used in web interfaces and it will explain the advantages and pitfall of each one. You'll will also have access to common "anti-patterns" and quickly understand why those are bad ideas.

The book only covers the XHTML/Javascript/CSS side of web interfaces (but never getting technical about these subjects), but the majority can be directly translated to Flash/Flex applications for example.

There's also a companion website where you can expand the subjects covered in the book and get in touch with the author).

I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about User Interface Design and Usability in both websites and/or web apps.

PS: Don't expect any Javascript code examples or something, the book stays away from the tools you can use for achieving the listed techniques. But if you are familiar with Javascript libraries like jQuery you'll quickly translate those techniques into real examples.

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"Dieses Buch dient gleichermaßen als Inspirationsquelle und Nachschlagewerk. Es bietet den perfekten Überblick über alle gängigen Web-Design-Patterns (und Anti-Patterns) - von Hover-Effekten über Auswahlmethoden bis hin zu Drag&Drop-Techniken." - gruenderszene.de, Januar 2010