It does a great job laying out the common patterns of software design and establishing a common nomenclature for referring to each one. Given its scope, Tidwell only superficially tackles each topic-- however she provides the foundational elements of each one going over Gestalt principles for example to ensure even those unfamiliar to Designing Interfaces is one of the few books every designer should have and read, note: get the print version, this book will not translate well to ebook. Given its scope, Tidwell only superficially tackles each topic-- however she provides the foundational elements of each one going over Gestalt principles for example to ensure even those unfamiliar to interaction design are up to speed. While I rate this five stars for effectively reaching its goals; I am disappointed that Tidwell did not pair with a researcher to cite usability and user research studies that speak to how each interaction performs in the wild. But at over pages, I get that some things were simply out of scope.
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Your UI technology -- web applications, desktop software, even mobile devices -- may give you the tools you need, but little guidance on how to use them well. UI designers over the years have refined the art of interface design, evolving many best practices and reusable ideas. If you learn these, and understand why the best user interfaces work so well, you too can design engaging and usable interfaces with less guesswork and more confidence.
Designing Interfaces captures those best practices as design patterns -- solutions to common design problems, tailored to the situation at hand.
Each pattern contains practical advice that you can put to use immediately, plus a variety of examples illustrated in full color.
These give you a deeper understanding of why the patterns work, and how to apply them with more insight. Experienced designers can use it as a sourcebook of ideas. Novice designers will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design, with enough guidance to start using these patterns immediately.
Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design