Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Sep 17, 2009 - Computers - 518 pages
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From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it's not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.

Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.

  • Understand the overarching principles you need to consider for every website you create
  • Learn basic design patterns for adding social components to an existing site
  • Rein in misbehaving users on an active community site
  • Build a social experience around a product or service and invite people to join
  • Develop a social utility without having to build an entirely new infrastructure
  • Enable users of your site's content to interact with one another
  • Offer your members the opportunity to connect in the real world
  • Learn to recognize and avoid antipatterns: emergent bad practices in the social network and social media space


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Read couple of chapters and it looks like worth it. It illustratively explains small yet easily overlooked aspects of modern web sites. Hope to find it even more interesting and helpful as I continue....


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Christian Crumlish is the curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and has been designing and writing about online user experiences since 1994. He is a director of the Information Architecture Institute and co-chair of the monthly BayCHI program.He is the author of The Power of Many and is writing a book called Designing Social Interfaces for O'Reilly Media with Erin Malone. He studied philosophy at Princeton and painting at the San Francisco School of Art, and lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Briggs, and his cat, Fraidy.

Erin Malone was raised in Nebraska and Colorado. She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her chapbook, What Sound Does It Make, won the 2007 Concrete Wolf Award, and her poems have appeared in journals such as Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, and online at Verse Daily. The recipient of grants from Washington's Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Colorado Council of the Arts, she has taught writing at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and at the University of Washington Rome Center in Italy. She works with elementary school students through Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools.

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