This simple and manageable guide to user interface design is written for the professional in industry working on product development and the decision process. It is directed not only to the human factors specialists, but also to technicians, designers, marketing and product managers and students.
The book presents guidelines for user interface design including a catalogue of input and output devices for electronic appliances, adding material on the design process, interaction design, advanced input, speech interfaces, evaluation, standards, the move from usability to pleasure and cultural differences.
Each chapter stands alone, so the book can be used as a reference handbook. Contributions come from several human factors specialists working in industry and in academia. The text is extensively illustrated by product examples showing good user interface design.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Brenda Laurel. Part One: Introduction 1. Background, Bruce Thomas 2. Introduction, Konrad Baumann 3. The Interaction Design Process, Georg Rakers Part Two: User Interface Design 4. Creativity Techniques, Irene Mavrommati 5. Design Principals, Irene Mavrommati and Adrian Martel 6. Design of On-Screen Interfaces, Irene Mavrommati Part Three: Input Devices 7. Controls, Konrad Baumann 8. Keyboards, Konrad Baumann 9. Advanced Interaction Techniques, Christopher Baber and Konrad Baumann 10. Speech Control, Christopher Baber and Jan Noyes 11. Wearable Computers, Christopher Baber Part Four: Output Devices 12. Visual Displays, Konrad Baumann 13. Auditory Displays, Othmar Schimmel 14. Tactile Displays and Speech Output, Leo Poll Part Five: Important Issues 15. Standards in User Interface Design, Jennifer Weston 16. Usability Evaluation, Bruce Thomas 17. Pleasure with Products - the New Human Factors, Patrick E. Jordan 18. National Cultures and Design, Patrick W. Jordan Appendix Summary of Guidelines, Konrad Baumann Guide to Further Reading, Susan Coles References Index of Authors Index of Companies and Products Index of Subjects Part Three: Input Devices Part Four: Output Part Five: Important Issues Appendix Summary of Guidelines Guide to Further Reading References Index
Konrad Baumann teaches Human Factors at the Joanneum technical graduate school in Graz, Austria. He is co-author of a UI design book in German Language. Bruce Thomas is a Human Factors Specialist working for Philips Design in Vienna, Austria. He is directly involved with the UI design of a variety of Philips products. He is co-editor of Usability Evaluation in Industry, Taylor and Francis, 1996