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User interface design and evaluation
Morgan Kaufmann series in interactive technologies
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Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2005
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PSZ JB 30000010104215 QA76.9.U83 U83 2005 Open Access Book

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User Interface Design and Evaluation provides an overview of the user-centered design field. It illustrates the benefits of a user-centered approach to the design of software, computer systems, and websites.

The book provides clear and practical discussions of requirements gathering, developing interaction design from user requirements, and user interface evaluation. The book's coverage includes established HCI topics--for example, visibility, affordance, feedback, metaphors, mental models, and the like--combined with practical guidelines for contemporary designs and current trends, which makes for a winning combination. It provides a clear presentation of ideas, illustrations of concepts, using real-world applications. This book will help readers develop all the skills necessary for iterative user-centered design, and provides a firm foundation for user interface design and evaluation on which to build.

It is ideal for seasoned professionals in user interface design and usability engineering (looking for new tools with which to expand their knowledge); new people who enter the HCI field with no prior educational experience; and software developers, web application developers, and information appliance designers who need to know more about interaction design and evaluation.

Table of Contents

I Introduction
II Requirements: How to gather requirements
Users and the domain
Tasks and Work
Thinking about and Describing Requirements
Case Study on requirements
III Design: Work reengineering and conceptual design
Design rationale and principles
Interaction design
Interaction styles
Choosing Interaction devices: hardware
Choosing interaction elements: software components
Case study on Design
Style guides
Guidelines and user-centered design
Designing a GUI
Designing for the Web
Design of embedded computer systems and small devices
Case study on requirements, design, and evaluation
IV Evaluation: Why evaluate?
Deciding on what to evaluate, the strategy
Planning who, what, where, and when
Deciding how to collect data
Final preparations for the evaluation
Analysis and interpretation of user-observation evaluation data
Inspections of the User Interface
Variations and more comprehensive evaluations
V Persuasion: Communication and using findings
Winning and maintaining support for user-centered design