June 22, 2011

If it’s hard to use, people won’t use it. Your killer app may have great features, but if it’s hard to use it will be ignored.

See how to avoid the abandonware graveyard of poorly designed user interfaces and create applications and web pages that people will get excited about in this week’s new book, Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web.

Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web

Have you ever been angry at your computer or cell phone? This book is for designers, developers, and product managers who are charged with what sometimes seems like an impossible task: making sure products work the way your users expect them to.

Weaving together hands-on techniques and fundamental concepts, you’ll learn how to make usability the cornerstone of your design process. Each technique chapter explains a specific approach you can use during the design process to make your product more user friendly, such as storyboarding, usability tests, and paper prototyping. Idea chapters are concept-based: how to write usable text, how realistic your designs should look, when to use animations.

Filled with illustrations and supported by psychological research, expert developer and user interface designer Lukas Mathis gives you a deep dive into research, design, and implementation—the essential stages in designing usable interfaces for applications and websites. Lukas inspires you to look at design in a whole new way, explaining exactly what to look for, and what to avoid, in creating products that people will be excited about.

Check out samples and the table of contents:

Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/titles/lmuse.

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