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Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency (Interactive Technologies) [Kindle Edition]

Jakob Nielsen

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In the years since Jakob Nielsen's classic collection on interface consistency first appeared, much has changed, and much has stayed the same. On the one hand, there's been exponential growth in the opportunities for following or disregarding the principles of interface consistency-more computers, more applications, more users, and of course the vast expanse of the Web. On the other, there are the principles themselves, as persistent and as valuable as ever.

In these contributed chapters, you'll find details on many methods for seeking and enforcing consistency, along with bottom-line analyses of its benefits and some warnings about its possible dangers. Most of what you'll learn applies equally to hardware and software development, and all of it holds real benefits for both your organization and your users.

* Begins with a new preface by the collection's distinguished editor.
* Details a variety of methods for attaining interface consistency, including central control, user definitions, exemplary applications, shared code, and model analysis.
* Presents a cost-benefits analysis of organizational efforts to promote and achieve consistency.
* Examines and appraises the dimensions of consistency-consistency within an application, across a family of applications, and beyond.
* Makes the case for some unexpected benefits of interface consistency while helping you avoid the risks it can sometimes entail.
* Considers the consistency of interface elements other than screen design.
* Includes case studies of major corporations that have instituted programs to ensure the consistency of their products.

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What the critics say about Jakob Nielsen "The world's leading expert on Web usability " -- U.S. News & World Report "The king of usability" -- Internet Magazine "Perhaps the best-known design and usability guru on the Internet" -- Financial Times "The guru of Web page usability" -- The New York Times "One of the world's foremost experts in Web usability" -- Business Week

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An Oldie but Still a Goodie
Sure, this book is very old for a computer book, having been published in 1989. But since the book is about design project management and not about technology, it has held up very well. In fact, with the growth of the Web, the need for consistent interface design and for methods to get designers to follow guidelines is stronger than ever. The book has several classic chapters like Bruce Tognazzini's explanation of how Apple ensured consistent user interfaces for the Mac (Tog was Apple's human interface evangelist at the time; he is now the lead Web designer for Healtheon), Dan Rosenberg's analysis of how to estimate the cost-benefit trade-offs in establishing a corporate design standard (Dan was head of UI for Ashton-Tate at the time; he is now head of UI for Oracle), Richard Wolf's chapter on usability as process (Richard was design lead for Lotus 1-2-3 at the time; he is now a program manager for Microsoft Office), and Wendy Kellogg's conceptual analysis of the meanin! ! g of consistency (Wendy is the only contributor to have the same job: Big Blue).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (28 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y73K7Q
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for 1989 23 Jan. 2002
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This isn't a bad book for 1989. It's not great either.
The problem? Amazon deceptively describes this as a 1st edition published on January 15, 2002. It was published in 1989, as clearly stated inside the book. The content shows its age.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I should have read the other review first. 16 April 2002
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It is almost criminal for this book to be listed as a "2002" book when all of the content is terribly outdated. Unfortunately I bought it first (not from Amazon) only to find this out. This book is outdated for even a [sale] bin.
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