Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience Paperback – 8 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Christian Crumlish is the curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and has been designing and writing about online user experiences since 1994. He is a director of the Information Architecture Institute and co-chair of the monthly BayCHI program.
He is the author of The Power of Many and is writing a book called Designing Social Interfaces for O'Reilly Media with Erin Malone. He studied philosophy at Princeton and painting at the San Francisco School of Art, and lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Briggs, and his cat, Fraidy.
Erin Malone is Principal with Tangible UX, and has over 20 years of experience leading design teams and developing social experiences as well as web and software applications and system-wide solutions. Prior to Tangible, she spent 4 years at Yahoo! leading the Platform User Experience Design team where they were responsible for building the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and for providing design expertise to the popular YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). Additionally, Erin led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, oversaw the redesign of Yahoo!'s registration system, developed the ux team's intranet and worked on other cross-company initiatives.
Before Yahoo!, she was a Design Director at AOL, Creative Director at AltaVista, and chief Information Architect for Zip2. Erin was the founding editor-in-chief of Boxes and Arrows and is the author of several articles on interaction design history, design management, and is a founding member of the IA Institute. She is currently working on the book Designing Social Interfaces with Christian Crumlish for O'Reilly Media.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is really straight to the point and concise. It exposes you to the techniques (patterns) used in today's websites for enhancing User Experience.
You have plenty of full color pictures to illustrate each technique (in my edition some of the pictures were not well printed, but they all are available in a Flickr account).
You'll have access a series of patterns used in web interfaces and it will explain the advantages and pitfall of each one. You'll will also have access to common "anti-patterns" and quickly understand why those are bad ideas.
There's also a companion website where you can expand the subjects covered in the book and get in touch with the author).
I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about User Interface Design and Usability in both websites and/or web apps.
The great thing about this book is it explains the principle and applicability, shows the correct use and potential misuse of each UI pattern.
The book is succinct and straight to the point. It doesn't just describe a pattern it shows them in use and also in misuse and we get to see where patterns could have been used to great effect (but often weren't).
Packed with illustrations and screengrabs, the text is descriptive and the illustrations push the point home.
The book is as good at putting it's subject across as the patterns and principles that it describes.
A superb book that will be very well thumbed and benefit end users of my software greatly. This book cannot be recommended highly enough.