Books: 29

Usability

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A Developer's Guide to Building User-Friendly Applications
How do you design engaging applications that people love to use? This book demonstrates several ways to include valuable input from potential clients and customers throughout the process. With practical guidelines and insights from his own experience, author Travis Lowdermilk shows you how usability more » and user-centered design will dramatically change the way people interact with your application. Learn valuable strategies for conducting each stage of the design process - from interviewing likely users and discovering your application's purpose to creating a rich user experience with sound design principles. User-Centered Design is invaluable no matter what platform you use or audience you target. « less
2013
Making 508 Compliant Websites
Get practical guidelines for making your website accessible to people with disabilities. With this handbook, you'll learn how to design or develop a site that conforms to Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act - and in the process you'll discover how to provide a better user experience for everyone. The more » Accessibility Handbook introduces you to several audiences that have difficulty using today's complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. Learn how to support assistive technologies, and understand which fonts, colors, page layouts, and other design elements work best - without having to exclude advanced functions, hire outside help, or significantly increase overhead. « less
2012
Killer UX Design is jam-packed with real-life examples that show you how to harness the power of user experience to build interfaces that influence and inspire. You will gain an appreciation for your users and learn how to create experiences for them that keep them coming back - time and time again! Our more » aim is to present UX design in a fun, practical, and non-academic way, so that the concepts are accessible and can be tried out immediately. In this regard, this book is for newcomers to the UX space rather than seasoned professionals. However, those with a UX background and some experience might be interested to see how we approached design problems. « less
2012
Pro HTML5 Accessibility helps designers come to grips with building exciting, accessible and usable web sites and applications with HTML5. The book covers how to use HTML5 in order to serve the needs of people with disabilities and older persons using assistive technology (AT). It aims to be a useful more » go-to guide, providing practical advice. It takes several approaches, including a look at the new semantics of HTML5 and how to combine its use with authoring practices you know from using earlier versions of HTML. It also demonstrates how HTML5 content is currently supported (or not) by assistive technologies such as screen readers, and what this means practically for accessibility in your web projects. « less
2012
Modern web development takes more than just HTML and CSS with a little JavaScript mixed in. Clients want more responsive sites with faster interfaces that work on multiple devices, and you need the latest tools and techniques to make that happen. This book gives you more than 40 concise, tried-and-true more » solutions to today's web development problems, and introduces new workflows that will expand your skillset. Make buttons and content stand out with simple cross-browser styles; do animations that work on mobile devices without plugins; build and test HTML emails; and build a flexible layout that works on desktops and mobile devices. You'll use the Backbone and Knockout JavaScript frameworks to build responsive user interfaces, and you'll learn how tools like CoffeeScript and Sass offer better ways to develop and maintain your client-side code. You'll write tests for your code that run in multiple web browsers, use Git to keep track of your work, and even get a little one-on-one time with the Apache web server. « less
2012
Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web
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 more » 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. « less
2011
The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software
Effective UI provides a complete roadmap to building groundbreaking software centered on user experience (UX) quality, how to get management support, employing product management strategies proven to deliver greater success, and how to manage the design, engineering, staffing, and business considerations more » that must be centered on the user's needs and working effectively in tandem all throughout the project. Effective UI is a guide for business and product, software professionals, and anyone else struggling to advance the cause of better UX and working to deliver on the promise of higher quality software. « less
2010
Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share more » hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users. « less
2009
Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions
If you want to learn how to create great user experiences on the Web, this practical book offers more than 75 design patterns for building interfaces that provide rich interaction. Distilled by two longtime professionals after years of experience at Sabre, Yahoo, and Netflix, these design patterns and more » best practices are neatly organized according to six key principles that help you take advantage of current interactive web technologies. « less
2009
36 Keys to Creating Content for All Audiences and Platforms
"Accessibility" has a reputation of being dull, dry, and unfriendly toward graphic design. But there is a better way: well-styled semantic markup that lets you provide the best possible results for all of your users. This book will help you provide images, video, Flash and PDF in an accessible way that more » looks great to your sighted users, but is still accessible to all users. « less
2007