GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers

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Morgan Kaufmann, 2000 - Computers - 559 pages
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GUI Bloopers looks at user interface design bloopers from commercial software, Web sites, and information appliances, explaining how intelligent, well-intentioned professionals made these dreadful mistakes--and how you can avoid them. While equipping you with all the theory needed to learn from these examples, GUI expert Jeff Johnson also presents the reality of interface design in an entertaining, anecdotal, and instructive way.


This is an excellent, well-illustrated resource for anyone whose work touches on usability issues, including software engineers, Web site designers, managers of development processes, QA professionals, and usability professionals.

Hear Jeff Johnson's interview podcast on software and website usability at the University of Canterbury (25 min.)

* Takes a learn-by-example approach that teaches you to avoid common errors by asking the appropriate questions of your own interface designs.
* Includes two complete war stories, drawn from the author's personal experience, that describe in detail the challenges faced by UI engineers.
* Covers bloopers in a wide range of categories: GUI components, layout and appearance, text messages, interaction strategies, Web site design, responsiveness issues, management decision-making, and even more at www.GUI-bloopers.com.
* Organized and formatted based on the results of its own usability testing--so you can quickly find the information you need, packaged in easily digested pieces.
*Announcing the sequel: Web Bloopers. Totally devoted to the Web. Go to www.web-bloopers.com.

  

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GUI stands for graphical user interface. Bloopers are incredibly dumb designs created over the past ten years such as error messages, unreadable fonts, hidden functionality, installation nightmares ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
First Principles
9
GUI Component Bloopers
59
Layout and Appearance Bloopers
135
Textual Bloopers
187
Interaction Bloopers
247
Web Bloopers
331
Responsiveness Bloopers
367
Management Bloopers
411
Software Reviews
467
War Stories of a User Interface Consultant
497
How This Book Was Usability Tested
535
Bibliography
539
Index
545
About the Author
560
Copyright

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Jeff Johnson is president and principal consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm (www.uiwizards.). He has worked in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1978, as a software designer and implementer, usability tester, manager, researcher at several computer and telecommunications companies, and as a consultant. In the course of his career, he has written many articles, cowritten several books, and given numerous presentations on a variety of topics in Human-Computer Interaction.

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