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Designing Web Interfaces - New From O'Reilly
Principals and Patterns for Rich Interactions
Sebastopol, CA--Want to learn how to create great user experiences on
today's Web? "Designing Web Interfaces" (O'Reilly, US $49.99) by UI
experts Bill Scott and Theresa Neil presents more than 75 design patterns
for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction. Distilled from
the authors' years of experience at Sabre, Yahoo!, and Netflix, these best
practices are grouped into six key principles to help you take advantage
of the web technologies available today.
"This book is about 'interaction' design: specifically, interaction design
on the Web," note Scott and Neil. "And even more, 'rich' interaction
design on the Web. It is a distillation of of best practices, patterns,
and principles for creating a rich experience unique to the Web."
By "unique," the authors mean that the Web comes with its own context.
It's not the desktop. "And while over time the lines between desktop and
Web blur more and more, there is still a unique aspect to creating rich
interactions on the Web," explains Scott. "Editing content directly on the
page (e.g., In-Page Editing, as we discuss in Chapter 1) borrows heavily
from the desktop--but has its unique flavor when applied to a web page.
Our book explores these unique rich interactions as a set of design
patterns in the context of a few key design principles."
With an entire section devoted to each design principle, "Designing Web
Interfaces" helps you:
- Make It Direct: Edit content in context with design patterns for In Page
Editing, Drag & Drop, and Direct Selection
- Keep It Lightweight: Reduce the effort required to interact with a site
by using In Context Tools to leave a "light footprint"
- Stay on the Page: Keep visitors on a page with overlays, inlays, dynamic
content, and in-page flow patterns
- Provide an Invitation: Help visitors discover site features with
invitations that cue them to the next level of interaction
- Use Transitions: Learn when, why, and how to use animations, cinematic
effects, and other transitions
- React Immediately: Provide a rich experience by using lively responses
such as Live Search, Live Suggest, Live Previews, and more
"Designing Web Interfaces" illustrates many patterns with examples from
working websites. If you need to build or renovate a website to be truly
interactive, this book gives you the principles for success.
Theresa Neil is a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas, where she
designs rich applications for start-ups and Fortune500 companies. Her work
can be seen at www.designgenie.org.
Bill Scott is director of UI Engineering at Netflix in Los Gatos, CA,
where he plies his interface engineering and design skills. Scott is the
former Yahoo! Ajax evangelist and pattern curator for the Yahoo! Design
He has a long and glamorous history in the IT world, due mostly to his
unique understanding of both the technical and creative aspects of
designing usable products. His ramblings and musings can be found at
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bio, and samples, see:
Designing Web Interfaces
Bill Scott and Theresa Neil
ISBN: 978-0-596-51625-3, 309 pages, US $49.99
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