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Designing Interfaces, 2nd Edition


Despite all of the UI toolkits available today, it’s still not easy to design good application interfaces. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand.

This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice that you can use immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as a sourcebook of ideas; novices will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design.

  • Design engaging and usable interfaces with more confidence and less guesswork
  • Learn design concepts that are often misunderstood, such as affordances, visual hierarchy, navigational distance, and the use of color
  • Get recommendations for specific UI patterns, including alternatives and warnings on when not to use them
  • Mix and recombine UI ideas as you see fit
  • Polish the look and feel of your interfaces with graphic design principles and patterns

“Anyone who’s serious about designing interfaces should have this book on their shelf for reference. It’s the most comprehensive cross-platform examination of common interface patterns anywhere.”
–Dan Saffer, author of Designing Gestural Interfaces (O’Reilly) and Designing for Interaction (New Riders)

About the Author
Jenifer Tidwell has been designing and building user interfaces for industry for more than a decade. She has been researching user interface patterns since 1997, and designing and building complex applications and web interfaces since 1991.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; Second Edition (December, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449379702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449379704
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2 Responses

  1. Tx36 says:

    nice book… thanx

  2. Angela says:

    Fantastic! Thank you so very, very much for this. It is one of the key books on aspects of UX – user experience and its many subsets. If you could put up other classics of UX and information architecture – such as O’Reilly’s “Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 3rd edition” – then I would be eternally grateful!

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