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Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability Paperback – 8 Aug 2002
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"?a carefully considered text?if you are involved in designing a website this is one of the books you should consider reading before you start?" (Cvu, October 2002)
From the Back Cover
"Usability" has become the watchword of contemporary Web design, and with good reason. But until now, books on Web usability have focused chiefly on response times, compatibility, and other technical matters, providing only limited guidance on design issues. This book takes Web usability a step further–and shows how good visual design can make a site not just usable, but user–friendly.
Using hundreds of real–world Web examples, interface expert Luke Wroblewski explains how to enhance usability by applying the principles of visual communications to site design. Good visual design, he demonstrates, can make a site′s organization crystal clear–and convey its personality or "attitude" in an instant. Offering lots of specific design recommendations for text, links, images, navigation, forms, home pages, dynamic content, and Web services, Site–Seeing delivers the insights and advice you need to boost a site′s visual appeal–and take Web usability to the next level.
∗ Learn how colors, type, photos, and more work together to give each site a distinct personality
∗ Create Web sites that are both practical and charged with emotion
∗ Discover how visual organization can clarify Web site elements and simplify interactions
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I got frustrated about the amount of fluff surrounding actual information. He makes plenty of good points and then buries them beneath a barrage of condescending, long-winded metaphors, like the way we can read a map and know that blue represents water. The analogy itself could be helpful, but three paragraphs to explain the analogy is just distracting.
I'm glad I read it... it opened my eyes to many challenges that web designers face, and inspired me to infuse life and personality into my own site. I'm also glad I highlighted the meaningful parts so I (or friends who borrow it) can skip past the fluff in the future.
Yet will keep for reference later