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Want to Learn About Patterns for Effective Interaction Design? August 10, 2006

Posted by pakman050 in Design, Information Architecture, Usability.

The book Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell is an excellent read. Although Interface Designers will have the most fruitful experience with this book, is an excellent read for anyone involved in the production of a website or software.

The book is setup in a very interesting and thoughtful method; whereas, each chapter starts with an overview of the topic and then continues to describe the patterns for the subject matter. The patterns described in the book are very real life and are used autonomously or in conjunction with other patterns throughout websites and software alike.

The chapters are as follows:

  1. What Users Do
  2. Organizing the Content: Information Architecture & Application Structure
  3. Getting Around: Navigation, Signposts, and Wayfinding
  4. Organizing the Page: Layout of Page Elements
  5. Doing Things: Actions & Commands
  6. Showing Complex Data: Trees, Tables and Other Information Graphics
  7. Getting Input from Users: Forms & Controls
  8. Builders & Editors
  9. Making it Look Good: Visual Style & Aesthetics

Overall the book will give you a nice arsenal of ideas and tactics for when you design your interface. If nothing more something that will be in your back pocket to give you inspiration and ideas on how to tackle interface issues as they come along.

[Designing Interfaces on Amazon.com]

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