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Communication of Complex Information: User Goals and Information Needs for Dynamic Web Information
The amount of information available for any realistic complex situation is likely to overwhelm most users as well as stymie any designer tasked with presenting the information. Providing large amounts of information in a coherent and usable format remains an unresolved problem. Choosing, structuring, formatting, and displaying information to allow easy access and to facili ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Routledge
(first published 2004)
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You might call this "Tufte for the Web." Albers' subject is the clarity of point-and-click user interfaces. He describes it as specifically for the web, but it's somewhat broader than that: any forms-and-buttons, clicks-and-text UI has much the same issues and needs. Conversely, the book is just barely beginning to be dated, as it does not discuss the explosion of new interface idioms like pinch and touch. But the principles he intends to teach remain completely applicable and important: the pur ...more