About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design

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Wiley, Aug 25, 1995 - Computers - 580 pages
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The cleverest code in the world is worth nothing if a program's interface proves an unwieldy barrier to users. That's why programmers and designers alike will benefit from About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design. Here, respected software designer Alan Cooper shares his own real-world experience and design principles so that you, too, can fashion intuitive, effective user interfaces. Applicable to multimedia and Web sites as well as application software, About Face is an invaluable resource for design professionals.

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A classic computer UI design book. There is a newer edition (2.0) that appears not to be indexd by Google Book Search; get that one. It's slightly dated, and covers more desktop oriented UI than is useful for me at this point, but the principles are well worth thinking about regardless of the context. I don't always agree with everything Alan says but I find myself thinking more deeply about usability regardless. 

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Introduction
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The Goal
9
The Three Models
27
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

About the Author Alan Cooper is one of the most respected software designers of our time. He is the winner of the Microsoft Windows Pioneer Award for his work in designing Visual Basic. He is also one of the most outspoken critics of how the software industry goes about building the interface between products and people. His thirteen-year-old software design consulting company, Cooper Interaction Design, is based in Palo Alto, CA.

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