UI is Communication: How to Design Intuitive, User Centered Interfaces by Focusing on Effective Communication (Anglais) Broché – 11 juin 2013
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"Here [McKay] offers a guide to designing user interfaces by drawing on principles and common-sense insight about communication. There are no prerequisites, he says, no assumptions about the reader's field or level of experience."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013 "The best teammate a designer can have is a communication specialist to look over your shoulder. Having Everett's book is the next best thing to having him on your team."--Bert Keely, Architect of Windows Pen and Touch "McKay practices what he preaches – UI is Communication is relevant, readable, entertaining, and chock full of useful examples."--Carolyn Snyder, Snyder Consulting
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User interface design is a challenging, multi-disciplinary activity that requires understanding a wide range of concepts and techniques that are often subjective and even conflicting. Imagine how much it would help if there were a single perspective that you could use to simplify these complex issues down to a small set of objective principles. In UI is Communication, Everett McKay explains how to design intuitive user interfaces by focusing on effective human communication. A user interface is ultimately a conversation between users and technology. Well-designed user interfaces use the language of UI to communicate to users efficiently and naturally. They also recognize that there is an emotional human being at the other end of the interaction, so good user interfaces strive to make an emotional connection. Applying what you learn from UI is Communication will remove much of the mystic, subjectiveness, and complexity from user interface design, and help you make better design decisions with confidence. It’s the perfect introduction to user interface design.
- Approachable, practical communication-based guide to interaction and visual design that you can immediately apply to projects to make solid design decisions quickly and confidently
- Includes design makeovers so you can see the concepts in practice with real examples
- Communication-based design process ties everything from interaction to visual design together
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The author's premise is that "user interface design isn't a subjective visual art about pixels and aesthetics but rather a principled objective communication skill to explain tasks to users". So while he does touch on mental models, interaction patterns, and visual design, it always ties back to communication. If this were a conversation, what would we say to the user? How would we say it? When would we say it? It seems obvious but is a surprisingly useful metaphor and he provides many examples of how to put it into action. Each chapter concludes with a page of exercises to expand your thinking and put the material into action – I wish my university had used this as a textbook.
The final chapter presents a couple design challenges with thorough solutions, working through the entire design process and showing each of the activities and deliverables. I've been hauling the book around in my backpack for the past few weeks so that I can apply that thinking to my own projects. That's about the highest compliment I could pay a book – there aren't any others that I've kept with me at all times and referenced so regularly.
I gave a presentation to my development team, using some of the content from the book, and it was well received. I then recommended it to all the software engineers and the book has been one of the most sought out books in the department. I now tell the team to buy their own copy because I find myself needed to refer back to it often.
Everett offers a great set of 10 principles that on their own made the book worthwhile. His examples and explanations break the complexities of UI design into simple to understand concepts that are easy to apply immediately.
As a long time advocate of incorporating emotional outcomes in UX design, I was pleased to see an entire chapter dedicated bringing emotions to UI design.
The book is easy to scan if you're the type that doesn't read cover to cover. He does a nice job calling out key concepts so you browse for specific topics of interest that you can then deep dive into for more details. There's a lot of content but it's quick and easy to consume.
I would recommend this to anyone that would like to end the debates about UI decisions, and wants to design UI's that people can not only use but also make them feel good using it.
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