Everything vs. Nothing about User Interfaces,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Interface Design: The Art of Developing Easy-To-Use Software: Developer's Guide to the Art of Software Design (Taschenbuch)
This book really makes me ambivalent. It is essentially a collection of colums on the subject of "Human Interface" written for Apple's developer news magazine. Thus the number of topics covered by the book is immense. In 38 (!) chapters (that is 6 pages per chapter in average) Peter Bickford covers almost everything that has to do with interface design, ranging from database interface design, design of icons, the use of music, designing games, information systems, etc. etc. What makes me award this book three stars after all is the fact that it is a joy to read the book. It takes not more than a few hours to whizz through the pages which do contain several words of wizdom useful to everybody no matter their level of experience. The use of small case stories throughout the book is nice and adds positively to the overall experience. If you want to start a dialog with a user interface specialist (for whatever reason) this is certainly a great book to get you started. The design and layout of the book, is fairly dull and boring. There are only very few black and white illustrations which do not add much to the overall impression. Even though that white space is important for increased readability, I think some of this space (20% of the book) should have been used for better and more illustrations.
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