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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book, worth spending the money
I am a second year undergraduate. I had been deliberating about buying the book due to its price, but decided to take the plunge and am so glad I did. What an amazing book. I cannot believe how this genius (Ben Schneiderman managed to collate all of this into the book. The book is around 600 pages and have practically read from cover to cover. Has already helped...
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by Kyle89

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1.0 out of 5 stars What is the point of this book?
Software user interface design is a very important discipline, and one which Apple has recently revolutionised. Making things easy is notoriously hard, so screen ergonomics is an important and challenging topic. Investing in this book seemed like a very sensible idea.

Unfortunately, and astonishingly, this 600 page book has pretty much no actionable content...
Published on 22 May 2012 by Michael Lloyd


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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book, worth spending the money, 18 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (Hardcover)
I am a second year undergraduate. I had been deliberating about buying the book due to its price, but decided to take the plunge and am so glad I did. What an amazing book. I cannot believe how this genius (Ben Schneiderman managed to collate all of this into the book. The book is around 600 pages and have practically read from cover to cover. Has already helped greatly with HCI, Programming, GIS, Research Methods and will be of great benefit for my dissertation next year. There are so many books around on HCI and GUI, but this book encompasses both elements. The book is beautifully executed for the Undergraduate to Postgraduate or for those in the commercial sector. A sound investment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What is the point of this book?, 22 May 2012
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Software user interface design is a very important discipline, and one which Apple has recently revolutionised. Making things easy is notoriously hard, so screen ergonomics is an important and challenging topic. Investing in this book seemed like a very sensible idea.

Unfortunately, and astonishingly, this 600 page book has pretty much no actionable content. It is a high level descriptive romp through the subject at a superficial and occasionally facile level - for example, from a page opened at random: "Social media participation can involve 10 people in a chat room or hundreds of millions of discretionary users in an environment such as Facebook or Myspace." So what? The authors never seem to convert their rather uninsightful observations into any valid or useful recommendation for action. This is the sort of book for which the phrase "No s**t, Sherlock" was invented.

At the beginning of the book the authors list "Ways to use this book". I can recommend one more: put it on your bookshelf and point at it. That's about as valuable as it gets.
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