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Visual Usability: Principles and Practices for Designing Digital Applications

Visual Usability: Principles and Practices for Designing Digital Applications [Kindle Edition]

Tania Schlatter , Deborah Levinson

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"With Tania Schlatter and Deborah Levinson at the helms, both proven experts in their fields, the book 'visually' takes you through all the various aspects of user experience design.This book is a pleasant surprise, and a joy to read."--Actual Insights blog, October 26, 2013 "Design veterans Schlatter and Levinson see a lot of digital applications that either look great or are highly functional, but not both, and contend that it does have to be that way. Drawing on heuristics and best practices from a variety of languages and disciplines, they explain how anyone involved in creating digital interfaces can define and defend a rationale for design decisions."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

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Imagine how much easier creating web and mobile applications would be if you had a practical and concise, hands-on guide to visual design. Visual Usability gets into the nitty-gritty of applying visual design principles to complex application design.

You’ll learn how to avoid common mistakes, make informed decisions about application design, and elevate the ordinary. We’ll review three key principles that affect application design – consistency, hierarchy, and personality – and illustrate how to apply tools like typography, color, and layout to digital application design. Whether you’re a UI professional looking to fine-tune your skills, a developer who cares about making applications beautiful and usable, or someone entirely new to the design arena, Visual Usability is your one-stop, practical guide to visual design.

  • Discover the principles and rules that underlie successful application design
  • Learn how to develop a rationale to support design strategy and move teams forward
  • Master the visual design toolkit to increase user-friendliness and make complicated processes feel straightforward for your product

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6476 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (21 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed the book 23 Jan 2014
By Charles M. Dalsass - Published on
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I appreciated the way the book was broken down into simple categories I can remember easily. For example "color", "hierarchy", "type". As a non-designer who needs to understand usability, this helped narrow down the sometimes overwhelming choices we face developing apps. Thanks - great book!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendously Usable Usability Book! 3 Jun 2013
By Patrick Cleary - Published on
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Visual Usability is a great addition to the field of usability. In clear, concise, and easy-to-understand language, supplemented by real-life examples, the authors make the case for three key design principals: Consistency, Hierarchy, and Personality. A wonderful resource for developers, designers, and the layman alike, this book is an easy read and will be an oft-used reference in the future.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A design gamechanger 21 May 2013
By Vanessa - Published on
This book makes a significant contribution to the field. It helps the reader understand what it takes to yield desirable results - attractive and usable products. It introduces visual design in a way that executives and developers both can understand and use to talk about and evaluate design. Because it doesn't get bogged down in roles and buzzwords, it's silo-breaking approach enables the outcomes to be the emphasis. I especially appreciated the examples because they go into detail while the checklist-style guidelines in each chapter help keep the big picture in mind. The checklists are not a recipe - the authors make that clear - but come in handy when trying to communicate with my designer, developer and clients about design issues. Definitely worth the purchase - it warrants a important place on the professional bookshelf.
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