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Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell
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Feb 03, 2009

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Another gorgeous design book. But not quite what I was expected.

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 the graphic layout there is as good as it is the the book (I'd have to guess it's not).

So, sadly, not a whole lot of new information for me, but it was certainly interesting to page through here. I also suspect the next time I actually do some UI design (been awhile), I may pull this out and read the sections on UI bits that I actually use, to get some additional thoughts.

A bunch of the patterns are actually available on the web, here:
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