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The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: An Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-27139-0
784 pages
October 2002
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  • Well-designed graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for business systems can greatly increase user productivity, but designing them can be difficult and time consuming. This book walks developers through the basics of good interface design, using real-world examples from systems that are proven successes.
  • Galitz is an internationally recognized consultant, author, and instructor with many years of experience with information systems and user interface design.
  • Written especially for developers who may be designing user interfaces for the first time, but also extremely useful for any developer involved in GUI or Web site design.
  • Revised to reflect the profound enhancements in interface design, specifically how Web page design has revolutionized interface design.
  • New information covers a variety of platforms, both traditional and Web-based.
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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

PART I: THE USER INTERFACE -
AN INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW.

The Importance of the User Interface.

Characteristics of Graphical and Web User Interfaces.

PART II: THE USER INTERFACE DESIGN PROCESS.

Know Your User or Client.

Understand the Business Function.

Understand the Principles of Good Screen Design.

Develop System Menus and Navigation Schemes.

Select the Proper Kinds of Windows.

Select the Proper Device-Based Controls.

Choose the Proper Screen-Based Controls.

Writing Clear Text and Messages.

Provide Effective Feedback, Guidance, and Assistance.

Provide Effective Internationalization and Accessibility.

Create Meaningful Graphics, Icons and Images.

Choose the Proper Colors.

Organize and Layout Windows and Pages.

Test, Test, and Retest.

References.

Index.
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WILBERT O. GALITZ is an internationally recognized consultant, author, and instructor on information systems and user interface design. He is president of Galitz, Inc., a firm that focuses on the human factors and ergonomics of systems.
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WILBERT O. GALITZ is an internationally recognized consultant, author, and instructor on information systems and user interface design. He is president of Galitz, Inc., a firm that focuses on the human factors and ergonomics of systems.
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