Best Practices, Tips, Patterns

23 Jan 2007 - 10:34am
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M S
2006

Hello everybody,

can anybody give me links to best practices, tips and patterns collections
about web UI & web interactions?

Thank you and have a great day!

--
Maxim

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23 Jan 2007 - 11:04am
Rebekah Sedaca
2006

I've collected some articles on patterns and links to libraries on del.ici.ous. Here is a link to the page: http://del.icio.us/rebekaht1/Patterns

I look forward to seeing other's responses on this. Patterns fascinate me!
 
Rebekah Sedaca, User Experience Designer
Capstrat
1201 Edwards Mill Road
Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
919 882 1981 voice
919 834 7959 fax
www.capstrat.com

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Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 10:35 AM
To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns

Hello everybody,

can anybody give me links to best practices, tips and patterns collections
about web UI & web interactions?

Thank you and have a great day!

--
Maxim
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23 Jan 2007 - 12:34pm
Ari
2006

i wrote this 6 years ago - it's a Web UI Primer for designers:

www.flyingyogi.com/downloads/webui.pdf

it's really dated but much of the logic and principles are still valid.

Ari

On 1/23/07, Rebekah Sedaca <rsedaca at capstrat.com> wrote:
>
> I've collected some articles on patterns and links to libraries on
> del.ici.ous. Here is a link to the page:
> http://del.icio.us/rebekaht1/Patterns
>
> I look forward to seeing other's responses on this. Patterns fascinate me!
>
> Rebekah Sedaca, User Experience Designer
> Capstrat
> 1201 Edwards Mill Road
> Suite 102
> Raleigh, NC 27607
> 919 882 1981 voice
> 919 834 7959 fax
> www.capstrat.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:
> discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Maxim
> Soloviev
> Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 10:35 AM
> To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns
>
> Hello everybody,
>
> can anybody give me links to best practices, tips and patterns collections
> about web UI & web interactions?
>
> Thank you and have a great day!
>
> --
> Maxim
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23 Jan 2007 - 2:04pm
bhekking
2006

> can anybody give me links to best practices, tips and patterns collections
> about web UI & web interactions?

The best resource I've ever found on design principles (not design patterns,
per se) is William Lidwell's "Universal Principles of Design" ISBN: 1592530079.

Each principle gets two full pages, one with descriptive text, the facing page
with examples. The 210 principles are categorized by these basic questions:
- How can I influence the way a design is perceived?
- How can I help people learn from a design?
- How can I enhance the usability of a design?
- How can I increase the appeal of a design?
- How can I make better design decisions?

If I taught an interaction design course, this would be a required text.

Cheers,

Bret Hekking
Sr. UX Designer

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23 Jan 2007 - 2:11pm
Dan Saffer
2003

Jenifer Tidwell's Designing Interfaces book and site are one of the
best resources for these, IMHO.

http://designinginterfaces.com/

23 Jan 2007 - 4:05pm
Susie Robson
2004

Ari--very nice and very useful. Thanks for posting that.

I have a question for you/anyone else: are there any articles or books
that talk about why a company should hire a UI Designer instead of
having the developers do it themselves? I know of someone who is
currently trying to convince the powers that be to hire some UI
designers instead of having their developers (who are PhD Chemical
Engineers) doing the designs (without any plans when doing it as well,
just sort of ad hoc). I'm sure all of us on this list understand why but
how do you convince management in a company that doesn't have any
designers to start with and just one usability person for about 100 or
so products?

Thanks in advance,
Susie

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Ari
Feldman
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12:35 PM
To: Rebekah Sedaca
Cc: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns

i wrote this 6 years ago - it's a Web UI Primer for designers:

www.flyingyogi.com/downloads/webui.pdf

it's really dated but much of the logic and principles are still valid.

Ari

On 1/23/07, Rebekah Sedaca <rsedaca at capstrat.com> wrote:
>
> I've collected some articles on patterns and links to libraries on
> del.ici.ous. Here is a link to the page:
> http://del.icio.us/rebekaht1/Patterns
>
> I look forward to seeing other's responses on this. Patterns fascinate
me!
>
> Rebekah Sedaca, User Experience Designer
> Capstrat
> 1201 Edwards Mill Road
> Suite 102
> Raleigh, NC 27607
> 919 882 1981 voice
> 919 834 7959 fax
> www.capstrat.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:
> discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Maxim
> Soloviev
> Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 10:35 AM
> To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns
>
> Hello everybody,
>
> can anybody give me links to best practices, tips and patterns
collections
> about web UI & web interactions?
>
> Thank you and have a great day!
>
> --
> Maxim
> ________________________________________________________________
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23 Jan 2007 - 4:16pm
Shep McKee
2005

On Jan 23, 2007, at 4:05 PM, Susie Robson wrote:
> I have a question for you/anyone else: are there any articles or books
> that talk about why a company should hire a UI Designer instead of
> having the developers do it themselves?

Alan Cooper's "The Inmates Are Running the Asylum" is a good start.
http://www.amazon.com/Inmates-Are-Running-Asylum-Products/dp/0672316498

23 Jan 2007 - 4:19pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Jan 23, 2007, at 1:05 PM, Susie Robson wrote:

> are there any articles or books
> that talk about why a company should hire a UI Designer instead of
> having the developers do it themselves? I know of someone who is
> currently trying to convince the powers that be to hire some UI
> designers instead of having their developers (who are PhD Chemical
> Engineers) doing the designs (without any plans when doing it as well,
> just sort of ad hoc). I'm sure all of us on this list understand
> why but
> how do you convince management in a company that doesn't have any
> designers to start with and just one usability person for about 100 or
> so products?

Alan Cooper's The Inmates are Running the Asylum is a very effective
book for making this case in no uncertain terms. A few copies
strategically given to the right managers (and, ideally, C level
executives) has worked extremely well for me in the past.

Dan

23 Jan 2007 - 4:14pm
M S
2006

> I have a question for you/anyone else: are there any articles or books
> that talk about why a company should hire a UI Designer instead of
> having the developers do it themselves?

I would suggest this book http://tinyurl.com/2vygux -- very good
explanation why developers should not work on interaction design.

--
Maxim

23 Jan 2007 - 4:57pm
Rebekah Sedaca
2006

One interesting note about many design patterns and conventions is that many of them are being challenged by the introduction of AJAX and Web 2.0 technologies.

I ran across a neat new solution (maybe even potentially a pattern of the future) for an old problem while shopping for shoes on amazon.com.

In order to make a selection, I had to identify both a size and color. As I moused over the color options, the sizes available in that color were updated to show me their current inventory. Inversely, if I selected a size first, the colors were updated to show me the colors available in that size.

Before AJAX, we probably would have accomplished something like this with 2 dependent dropdowns where the values for the 2nd dropdown would get populated after the first dropdown was selected. As you can see, this is a much better solution. Its faster and allows me to pick either the color or the size first. It also keeps me from trying to order a combination that isn't available in their inventory.

We are at an interesting crossroads with many of our tried and true patterns. It will be interesting to see how new patterns emerge.
 
Rebekah Sedaca, User Experience Designer
Capstrat
1201 Edwards Mill Road
Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
919 882 1981 voice
919 834 7959 fax
www.capstrat.com

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Maxim Soloviev
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:15 PM
To: Susie Robson
Cc: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns

> I have a question for you/anyone else: are there any articles or books
> that talk about why a company should hire a UI Designer instead of
> having the developers do it themselves?

I would suggest this book http://tinyurl.com/2vygux -- very good
explanation why developers should not work on interaction design.

--
Maxim
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23 Jan 2007 - 5:06pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Jan 23, 2007, at 1:57 PM, Rebekah Sedaca wrote:

> One interesting note about many design patterns and conventions is
> that many of them are being challenged by the introduction of AJAX
> and Web 2.0 technologies.

Are these really new patterns, or are they just new patterns for the
web? I think much of what we're seeing now draws heavily upon the
conventions that desktop software has used for years but has, until
recently, not been widely used on the web due to (perhaps perceived)
technical limitations. With AJAX, Flex, etc. those patterns can now
spread. You can also watch some of this happening on mobile now as
well, as the mobile platforms get more robust.

Dan

23 Jan 2007 - 5:03pm
jayeffvee
2007

For Ajax, try Michael Mahemoff's Ajax Design Patterns? Part Four lists and describes design/usability patterns.

Or for a preview, try Mahemoff's site at ajaxpatterns.org

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Rebekah Sedaca
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:58 PM
To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns

One interesting note about many design patterns and conventions is that many of them are being challenged by the introduction of AJAX and Web 2.0 technologies.

I ran across a neat new solution (maybe even potentially a pattern of the future) for an old problem while shopping for shoes on amazon.com.

In order to make a selection, I had to identify both a size and color. As I moused over the color options, the sizes available in that color were updated to show me their current inventory. Inversely, if I selected a size first, the colors were updated to show me the colors available in that size.

Before AJAX, we probably would have accomplished something like this with 2 dependent dropdowns where the values for the 2nd dropdown would get populated after the first dropdown was selected. As you can see, this is a much better solution. Its faster and allows me to pick either the color or the size first. It also keeps me from trying to order a combination that isn't available in their inventory.

We are at an interesting crossroads with many of our tried and true patterns. It will be interesting to see how new patterns emerge.
 
Rebekah Sedaca, User Experience Designer
Capstrat
1201 Edwards Mill Road
Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
919 882 1981 voice
919 834 7959 fax
www.capstrat.com

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Maxim Soloviev
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:15 PM
To: Susie Robson
Cc: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Best Practices, Tips, Patterns

> I have a question for you/anyone else: are there any articles or books
> that talk about why a company should hire a UI Designer instead of
> having the developers do it themselves?

I would suggest this book http://tinyurl.com/2vygux -- very good
explanation why developers should not work on interaction design.

--
Maxim
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