Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design
UI designers over the years hav ...more
It does a great job laying out the common patterns of software design and establishing a common nomenclature for referring to each one. Given its scope, Tidwell only superficially tackles each topic-- however she provides the foundational elements of each one (going over Gestalt principles for example) to ensure even those unfamiliar to interac ...more
The book is basically an encyclopedia of UI design patterns, or maybe "mini patterns". Broken into categories like form design, editor design, etc. Covering areas like individual, concrete patterns like tabbed containers, referred to as "card stack" to general, abstract notions like "diagonal balance". Each pattern is cross-linked with related patterns. I assume an online version of this book would work quite well, particularly if t ...more
All in all, a nice read for someone who has a decent knowledge of Interface designing and interface usability. Will not recommend this book to someone looking ...more
As with any design book this is not complete but covers most of the bases extensively and a lot in it has been motivated thoroughly but remains discutable. Let neither of those put you off.
First edition of this book was written 2005 and the second one after the smartphone revolution 2011, but main parts are so called "common sense" in any situation. Bu ...more
The writer managed to present and analyse most aspects that someone needs to consider in order to create a user-friendly UI, while most of the analysed principles can be also applied for web-design or even poster-design. It is easy-to-read and written in a sim ...more
Very nice encyclopedia/showcase of common design patterns. Each pattern is explained - what it does, what are users' expectations, what are its states and capabilities, and where you should use it. It is, perhaps, not what many readers are looking for, but I find this kind of book useful for:
- teaching interface designers about states (empty, selected, error etc)
- giving developers a glimpse of the meaning behind the interface and human factors in web dev, not just dry c ...more
My only quibble is with the book design. There are so many examples (a good thing) it's hard to pick the major heading out sometimes (a bad thing). If there was more whitespace and maybe a more striking section level style for each pattern it ...more
This serves as a good reference book, not as a thorough guide for Designing Interfaces
I think it did the job, though it was very dry and unfortunately I was wrong and even UX and design patterns move on at a faster rate than I expected.
Still, it was an intelligent read and well put together.
Jenifer Tidwell's pattern based approach is amazingly good! She carefully organizes and enumerates a wide variety of effective user interface options for both small screen (ie: Blackberry, cell phones) and larger screen forms. I am not an expert in UI design by any means (I have read Donald Norman, Tagnazzini, Shneiderman and Mayhew but I have no background in graphic design), but I do project reviews and this book has given me some insight into problems and potential ...more
Really well-organized, with easy-to-understand explanations and tons of examples.
I had to read this book for my Interface Design class -- normally I sell off my textbooks after the course is done. This one isn't leaving me. ...more
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