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Nice presentation, weak content
on 12 September 2014
Although very well presented on quality paper, this book could easily be summarized in a dozen pages without losing any important recommendation.
In three points: (i) display your content hierarchically (make key information stand out), (ii) make possible user interactions obvious and, (iii) get user feedback early in the development process. This is a bit weak to justify a £20 book in my opinion.
After 20 years of Internet, not all web sites are now made of pages, menus and links. We now have web applications like online games, web office automation (Google Gmail and Docs) and stock trading sites which have very complex UI.
This book does not even scratch the surface regarding forms, feedback about errors, UI design patterns and complex widgets (treeviews, paginated grids, popup windows, interactive charts, shopping carts, ad display, social widgets, ...).
The new chapter about mobile devices is a joke (screen real estate = compromise, thank you for such invaluable insight). Common sense is not always obvious and trivial. Promising and disappointing.