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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (14 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131345559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131345553
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 3.4 x 23.2 cm
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<>Praise for the second edition of The Design of Sites

 

"In my worldwide IBM marketing role, I have the benefit of working with some of the finest international interactive agencies and internal Web teams. As I read The Design of Sites, [I see] the insight from years of professional advice has been put to paper. Nowhere have I seen such a practical, effective, and easy-to-use book to solve and avoid Internet design issues. I keep a copy of the book handy to remind me of the things I forgot and to gain fresh perspectives. It never fails to deliver."
-John Cilio, marketing manager, IBM System x & z Storage Synergy


 

"The Design of Sites artfully brings forward the original intent of Christopher Alexander’s pattern language into the user experience design arena. It is a valuable and comprehensive reference."

-George Hackman, Jr., senior director of User Experience for User Interface Guidelines, Patterns and Standards, Oracle Corporation


 

"The Design of Sites is one of the best tools I have in my usability toolbox. [These] Web UI design patterns make it easy for me to show my clients how to get the most usability bang for their buck."

-Claudia Alden Case, usability consultant and interaction designer, Alden Case Enterprises, Inc.


"If only biology class had been like this. Lucid text, bulletproof content, and a comprehensive taxonomy that’s just as much a source of inspiration as it is a production tool. This is a really, really good book. If you build Web sites, read it."

-Marc Campbell, author of Web Design Garage


 

Praise for the first edition of The Design of Sites


"Stop reinventing the wheel every time you design a Web site! The Design of Sites helps you rethink your Web sites in terms of genres and patterns. Once you have identified the patterns and applied the best practices for those patterns as outlined in this book, you will reduce your design effort by 50 percent . . . at least!"

-Pawan R. Vora, vice president, Information Architecture, Seurat Company


"The content [in The Design of Sites] could make a novice into a seasoned professional over a weekend. Many companies pay a fortune for the information contained in the book’s primary chapters."

-John Cilio, marketing manager, IBM System x & z Storage Synergy


"This book has many handy checklists for what you should and should not do in creating a conventional Web site. Just following the authors’ suggestions would put your site in the top few percent for readability and usability."

-Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh computer and author of The Humane Interface


"Now that The Design of Sites has made its appearance, we won't have to put up with those poorly designed Web pages. These authors have captured patterns from successful Web designers, including their own experience in consulting and teaching, and have made this information accessible to all of us. The book is readable yet full of worthwhile information--a valuable addition to any Web designer’s bookshelf."

-Linda Rising, independent consultant and author of The Patterns Handbook, The Pattern Almanac 2000, and Design Patterns in Communications Software


"[The Design of Sites] bridges the gap from theory to practice and makes it possible for people in the Web-design space to use user-centered design principles in their work―without having to undertake extensive training."

-Maya Venkatraman, human interface engineer, Sun Microsystems


"The coverage [in The Design of Sites] is excellent--issues go beyond the traditional ‘design the best page’ focus and do a good job of showing the context. I haven’t seen any other book with the kind of breadth this has."

-Terry Winograd, professor of computer science, Stanford University, and editor of Bringing Design to Software


"With this book as a reference, you can benefit from what companies like Yahoo! have learned and apply it to your site, even if you don’t have a design and research team similarly sized and staffed."

From the foreword by Irene Au, director of User Experience, Google; former vice president of User Experience and Design, Yahoo!


 

The Design of Sites, Second Edition, is the definitive reference for the principles, patterns, methodologies, and best practices underlying exceptional Web design. If you are involved in the creation of dynamic Web sites, this book will give you all the necessary tools and techniques to create effortless end-user Web experiences, improve customer satisfaction, and achieve a balanced approach to Web design.


After a comprehensive tutorial covering the foundations of good Web site design, you will move on to discover the thirteen major Web design pattern groups. These patterns solve recurring design problems and help design teams avoid reinventing the wheel. Patterns range from creating a solid navigation framework and the all-important home page, to instilling trust and building credibility with your customers and improving site performance through better design.


The book features

  • Coverage of AJAX, the Mobile Web, and online communities
  • Seventeen new design patterns to add to the original ninety, including the new blog site type
  • More than twenty significantly updated patterns
  • 450 four-color screen shots and diagrams, including more than 150 new images
  • Key site elements, including site maps, style sheets, dynamic elements, and customer profiles
  • Clear, visual organization with color-coded sections for easy reference
  • A balanced approach to Web design that takes both customer and business needs into account

About the Author

Douglas K. van Duyne, entrepreneur and software designer, is cofounder and a principal of Naviscent, a Web research and design firm. He has been an innovator in customer-centered design, online shopping, e-commerce, and multimedia development for numerous Global 2000 companies.

James A. Landay is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington. Previously, he served as the director of Intel Research Seattle, which focuses on the emerging world of ubiquitous computing, and as an associate professor for computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jason I. Hong is a computer science professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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I first stumbled upon this book a few years ago and my first reaction was 'Why haven't heard of this book before?' Still baffled me why it is not widely known. There are lots of UX books out there that are hip and trendy - and not much practical use. As a professional User Experience designer I get a little bored with these fad books. In complete contrast this book is extremely useful for people who design and build websites, even if you have been building sites for years. For any given function or situation The Design of Sites will give you examples of best practise design patterns so you can start from there. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out and explained 9 Jun. 2008
By Scott L. Petrovic - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the Design of Sites book about three months ago and have read about 250 pages of it so far. The book has full-color pages and is a great reference for design decisions. It covers topics for so many different types of web projects. It talks about design, usability, information architecture, and almost all aspects of the web. It isn't meant to be read cover-to-cover, but the amount of great ideas and design solutions it presents make it hard to only read it when you have an issue. Over 800 pages and a great appendix with sample usability evaluations and how to conduct online research will without question make you a better web designer/developer. I can't wait to finish reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life cycle plan for websites 25 Nov. 2007
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Contrary to popular belief, a good website is not just the result of someone's ability to manipulate a website development tool. The Design of Sites emphasises the need for research, planning, and documentation, and for following a standard software development life cycle - requirements definition, design reviews, testing, maintenance. The first five chapters are general, and the rest of the book contains "patterns" for specific types of websites. Thus, the reader can read the first five chapters, then pick and choose from the patterns, according to need and applicability. A bonus is the reference to a cool design tool developed by the authors - fun and useful. Whether you are developing a website for a client or for yourself, this book is for the "thinking" website developer.
5.0 out of 5 stars leading a marathon race 4 April 2012
By addisonbop - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a content writer launching a site, without a massive budget, trying to get up to speed on the back end of all of this mumbo-jumbo wonderful world of web potentialities. You can get a hernia walking from the shelves to the cafe in the bookstore with so many "must-read" tomes. So far, they all fall short of THE DESIGN OF SITES. And now I'm not looking too hard for any more, because I finally get it, thanks to lucid explanations and a brilliant though straightforward frame of reference. Bravo.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you are a serious web designer 22 Sept. 2007
By Pranab Ghosh - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are serious about web design, buy this book before any other technology specific book. The pattern oriented approach for web design, used in this book, is unique and very insigtful. It's style of providing a catalog of web design patterns is very similar to the famous "gang of four" book on software design pattern.

I also liked the way many popular web sites are analyzed and dissected to elucidate many design issues commonly faced.
3.0 out of 5 stars Though I'd recommend to keep updated with The Smashing Books series 16 Mar. 2015
By Ann-Helén Nilsson - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an alright base. Though I'd recommend to keep updated with The Smashing Books series, they're also less heavy to read and more pleasantly written.
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