Designing Visual Interfaces

23 May 2008 - 8:45am
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Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Hi all,

many of you may have read or just come across the book "Designing
Visual Interfaces" by Mullet & Sano
(http://www.librarything.com/work/5737/book/29957655). I think it's a
very interesting book and many of the principles described in the book
still hold today. However, most of the examples are very outdated and
also the technology has moved on in some areas (e.g. we generally have
much higher-resolution displays).

Does anyone know if there's any more current book/site with a similar
focus on the visual/graphic aspects of interface design? I've seen a
lot of inspiration-style sites on the net (e.g. http://konigi.com/,
Smashing Magazine etc.) but nothing that tries to distill some
principles out of all those examples.

Cheers,
Alex

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23 May 2008 - 10:56am
Peyush Agarwal
2007

I loved this book in 1999 and it was outdated even then! I really wish the authors would revamp the examples and add material addressing contemporary issues with visual interfaces. With an update it could again become a great beginner/intermediate level book for designers.

-Peyush

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Hi all,

many of you may have read or just come across the book "Designing
Visual Interfaces" by Mullet & Sano
(http://www.librarything.com/work/5737/book/29957655). I think it's a
very interesting book and many of the principles described in the book
still hold today. However, most of the examples are very outdated and
also the technology has moved on in some areas (e.g. we generally have
much higher-resolution displays).

Does anyone know if there's any more current book/site with a similar
focus on the visual/graphic aspects of interface design? I've seen a
lot of inspiration-style sites on the net (e.g. http://konigi.com/,
Smashing Magazine etc.) but nothing that tries to distill some
principles out of all those examples.

Cheers,
Alex

23 May 2008 - 6:10pm
timoni
2008

I agree; that's one of my favorite books, even though it's really outdated
(the advice on avoiding trying to emulate 3D environments is kind of
hilarious now, really).

23 May 2008 - 12:33pm
Elias
1969

On May 23, 2008, at 12:56 PM, Peyush Agarwal wrote:

> Does anyone know if there's any more current book/site with a similar
> focus on the visual/graphic aspects of interface design? I've seen a
> lot of inspiration-style sites on the net (e.g. http://konigi.com/,
> Smashing Magazine etc.) but nothing that tries to distill some
> principles out of all those examples.
>
> Cheers,
> Alex

[1] Designing Interfaces, Patterns for Effective Interaction Design by
Jennifer Tidwell, O'Reilly Publishing:

http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Interfaces-Patterns-Effective-Interaction/dp/0596008031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211567214&sr=8-1

Good book.

[2] Good site for Interface Design tut's & inspiration:

http://psdtuts.com/category/interface-tutorials/

HTH Alex.

Best,

EL

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