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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
Louis Rosenfeld
0596000359
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Today's web sites have moved far beyond "brochureware." They are larger and more complex, have great strategic value to their sponsors, and their users are busier and less forgiving. Designers, information architects, and web site managers are required to juggle vast amounts of information, frequent changes, new technologies, and sometimes even multiple objectives, making some web sites look like a fast-growing but poorly planned city-roads everywhere, but impossible to navigate. Well-planned information architecture has never been as essential as it is now. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition, shows you how to blend aesthetics and mechanics for distinctive, cohesive web sites that work. Most books on web development concentrate on either the graphics or the technical issues of a...


Usability Engineering
Jakob Nielsen
0125184069
Jan 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
An authoritative text by one of the premier researchers in usability engineering in the 1990s, Jakob Nielsen's Usability Engineering provides a landmark guide to software design that has helped bring this area of research into the mainstream of computing. "Usability" is the measurement of how easy or difficult it is to be productive with a piece of software. It often looks at the user interface--what elements appear onscreen and how efficient, confusing, and/or intuitive they are for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. "Usability engineering" is the formal study of usability. It grew out of research on human factors, which looked at the way people interact with their environment.

The best thing about this book is its concise, cut-to-the-chase approach when defining usability and ways to measure and improve it. As...



Multimedia and Hypertext
Jakob Nielsen
0125184085
Jan 1995
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Book Description

Based on his best-selling HyperText and HpyerMedia, Jakob Nielsen takes hypertext a step further--to the Internet. Multimedia and Hypertext: The Internet and Beyond explores new and developing applications in multimedia and hypertext as well as offering coverage of the use of HTML (hypertext markup language) and the World Wide Web with interfaces such as Mosaic and Netscape.

* Includes a large number of richly illustrated examples of a wide variety of new hypermedia systems.
* Provides a range of strategies for overcoming information overload.
* Thorougly discusses a number of new applications, including distribution of hypertext tools via the Internet.
* Explains copyright issues for users and develeopers, and usability issues for hypertext.
* Forecasts the future of the field in the long and...



Prioritizing Web Usability
Jakob Nielsen
0321350316
Apr 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
In 2000, Jakob Nielsen, the world’s leading expert on Web usability, published a book that changed how people think about the Web—Designing Web Usability (New Riders). Many applauded. A few jeered. But everyone listened. The best-selling usability guru is back and has revisited his classic guide, joined forces with Web usability consultant Hoa Loranger, and created an updated companion book that covers the essential changes to the Web and usability today. Prioritizing Web Usability is the guide for anyone who wants to take their Web site(s) to next level and make usability a priority! Through the authors’ wisdom, experience, and hundreds of real-world user tests and contemporary Web site critiques, you’ll learn about site design, user experience and usability...


Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do
B.J. J. Fogg
1558606432
December 2002
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"The brilliance of Persuasive Technology is the way it analyzes the way we already view computers." Technology & Society Magazine, May 2003

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"The brilliance of Persuasive Technology is the way it analyzes the way we already view computers." Technology & Society Magazine, May 2003

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Usability Inspection Methods
Jakob Nielsen
0471018775
Apr 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Computer Science/Computers-Human Interaction Usability Inspection Methods is the first comprehensive, book-length work in this important new field. Designed to get you quickly up and running with the full complement of UI strategies, tools, and techniques, this extremely practical guide offers you a unique opportunity to learn them from the women and men who invented them. With the help of numerous real-life case studies, the authors give you: Step-by-step guidance on all important methods now in use, including the heuristic evaluation method, the pluralistic walkthrough method, the cognitive walkthrough method, and more Proven techniques for integrating usability inspections with other methods now in use An in-depth, comparative analysis of UI versus user testing A cost-benefit analysis of UI as compared to other...


Homepage Usability
Jakob Nielsen
073571102X
Nov 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
While there is a plethora of books available that provide tips on Web design, most authors leave a significant gap between the theory and practice--a gap that is left up to the reader to fill. Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed boldly steps into that gap with specific observations and suggestions backed with solid quantitative analysis. This book focuses only on home page design as the most important point of presence for any Web site.

This definitive work is coauthored by Jakob Nielsen--the accepted industry expert in Web usability--and Marie Tahir, an expert in user profiling. Their collaboration has produced a guide of such rare practical benefit that Web designers will likely wear out their first copy scouring the pages to savor every last morsel of wisdom.

The book begins with a chapter of precise...



Speed Up Your Site
Andrew B. King
0735713243
Jan 2003
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Book Description

There's a time bomb on the web: user patience. It starts ticking each time someone opens one of your pages. You only have a few seconds to get compelling content onto the screen. Fail, and you can kiss your customers and profits goodbye.You can't count on fast connections either. Most of your customers are still sucking content through a 56K straw. You have to serve up greased lightning or they'll bail. That's why you picked up this book. In it you'll learn how to cut file sizes in half. You'll trim (X)HTML, CSS, graphics, JavaScript, multimedia, and bandwidth costs. Real-world examples illustrate techniques with before and after code and percentage savings. After reading this book, you'll know how to make your pages literally "pop" onto the screen.

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Information Appliances and Beyond
Eric Bergman
1558606009
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
As computing expands beyond the Beige Box, multidisciplinary product teams are beginning to explore new ways of thinking about content delivery and user interfaces. Sun Microsystems interface expert Eric Bergman has done abundant pontificating and research on post-PC systems, and he (in concert with an eminent group of experts) shares it eloquently in Information Appliances and Beyond.

More practical than other books about the so-called post-PC era, Bergman explores the various manifestations of real-life, nontraditional computing devices (mobile phones, personal assistants, set-top boxes, animated toys, etc.). He displays and critiques various creations, detailing the tradeoffs designers make to accommodate both physical requirements (batteries and screen size, among others) and general human ideas about efficiency and...



Conceptual Analysis of the Web
Jakob Nielsen
1558604928
Dec 2006
Hardcover
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The Usability Engineering Lifecycle: A Practitioner's Handbook for User Interface Design
Deborah J. Mayhew
1558605614
January 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description

A commitment to usability in user interface design and development offers enormous benefits, including greater user productivity, more competitive products, lower support costs, and a more efficient development process. But what does it mean to be committed to usability? Inside, a twenty-year expert answers this question in full, presenting the techniques of Usability Engineering as a series of product lifecycle tasks that result directly in easier-to-learn, easier-to-use software.
You'll learn to perform a complete requirements analysis and then incorporate the resulting goals and constraints in a highly structured, iterative design and development process. This process doesn't end with installation but instead begins anew with the collection of user feedback that will guide further development. Also covered...



GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers
Jeff Johnson
1558605827
March 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
In GUI Bloopers, consultant Jeff Johnson uses 550+ pages to illustrate common pitfalls in user interface design, the all-important iceberg tip that end users confuse with applications and that developers confuse with end users. Reporting on 82 incidents of bad design, Johnson manages to cover the essential point of his message: software designers should think of their user interfaces from the user's point of view. Not profound, but profoundly overlooked in most low-end to mid-range development efforts. His codification of GUI design in eight predictable principles will help GUI newbies realize that the customer must be pleased with the product. Of course, the customer doesn't always understand what he or she wants. Hence, GUI development is iterative. When the customer is not at hand, a surrogate will do, so usability...


Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency
Jakob Nielsen
1558608214
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Review
What the critics say about Jakob Nielsen
"The world's leading expert on Web usability " -- U.S. News & World Report
"The king of usability" -- Internet Magazine
"Perhaps the best-known design and usability guru on the Internet" -- Financial Times
"The guru of Web page usability" -- The New York Times
"One of the world's foremost experts in Web usability" -- Business Week

Review
What the critics say about Jakob Nielsen
"The world's leading expert on Web usability “ -- U.S. News & World Report
"The king of usability” -- Internet Magazine
"Perhaps the best-known design and usability guru on the Internet” -- Financial Times
"The guru of Web page usability” -- The New York Times
"One of the world's...


Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
Christine Wodtke
0735712506
December 2002
Paperback
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Don Norman, Northwestern University and The Nielsen Norman Group, Author of The Design of Everyday Things
"Finally, a book about the technical topics of web architecture and usability that is fun to read, informative and authoritative."

Richard Saul Wurman, Author of 80 books, including Information Architects, and creator of the field of Information Architecture
"...a significant, clear and useful port in the increasing data storm..."

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Designing Web Usability
Jakob Nielsen
156205810X
Jan 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Creating Web sites is easy. Creating sites that truly meet the needs and expectations of the wide range of online users is quite another story. In Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, renowned Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen shares his insightful thoughts on the subject. Packed with annotated examples of actual Web sites, this book sets out many of the design precepts all Web developers should follow.

This guide segments discussions of Web usability into page, content, site, and intranet design. This breakdown skillfully isolates for the reader many subtly different challenges that are often mixed together in other discussions. For example, Nielsen addresses the requirements of viewing pages on varying monitor sizes separately from writing concise text for "scanability." Along the way, the author pulls no...


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