Interfaces What to read, how to develop

    Designing interfaces - making the world a better and more convenient way, to be more precise - eliminating inconveniences. Whatever industry we are talking about, be it the interface of a smartphone, vending machine, application or website - in any case, the interface designer is responsible for the interaction of a person with the world around him. You can go to dozens of courses, conferences and much more, but learn how to make user-friendly interfaces, and the most important thing in this business is to love the design, see the future, so to speak, and analyze people's behavior. Under the cut 6 books that will help develop in this direction, both developers and project managers / owners. We tried to apply in the previous project much of what was read, what came of it, judge for yourself.

    Alan Cooper - Mental Hospital in the Hands of Patients

    How to keep up with the technological progress that updates our phones and cars at such a speed that we do not have time to get used to them? Everything that surrounds us is created by people who have begun to forget that the main advantage of the product is simplicity. For the main here are engineers who think not at all like us.
    Alan Cooper offers the simplest solution to the problem: before starting programming, you should try to simulate the interaction with the client.

    Jennifer Tidwell - User Interface Design

    The modern user is spoiled by a huge assortment of software. Therefore, in order for the program to attract attention, it must be simple to use, coupled with all the necessary functionality, and even please the eye with a non-trivial design. Only such software will be sold fast enough to satisfy the customer.
    The book by Jennifer Tidwell tells about outstanding achievements in the field of design and the most original and non-standard solutions to emerging common problems.

    Aaron Walter - Emotional Web Design

    Every day we travel through exactly the same sites, causing us to be discouraged by their gray monotony. Unsuccessful attempts to stand out only lead to customer irritation. How to organize a portal that instead of negative emotions would cause the visitor joy and desire to return?
    Aaron Walter talks about the "emotional design", designed to give the visitor only positive feelings. The book gives many recommendations on how to equip your site so that the impression of its visit remains with the client for a long time.

    Victor Papanek - Design for the Real World

    This book has long been considered a classic in design literature. In many educational institutions, it is part of the compulsory reading program for design departments. It is relevant to this day, although it was written in the 1970s.
    Victor Papanek proposes to consider design as planning to achieve a goal in any activity and finds us all designers, noting that any attempt to isolate a design by turning it into a thing-in-itself will only have a negative effect on it. The book is very easy to read, because the author builds almost the entire story with illustrative examples.

    Jess Garrett - Web Design - Elements of Interaction Experience An

    effective website should not only serve the goals of the company, but also remain useful to the consumer. To achieve such a balance, when both tasks would be carried out, even with high-quality content will not help with inconsistently designed interaction experience.
    Jess Garrett does not give recommendations on the use of tools, but reveals general ideas that are the "foundation" in relations with users, using simple explanations and illustrative illustrations.

    Jeff Raskin - Interface: New Trends in Computer Systems Design

    This book is a great opportunity to meet Jeff Raskin, one of the developers of the Apple Macintosh. She talks about why most modern approaches to interface design are deadlocking and offers completely new design principles. To argue his point of view, the author analyzes those things that are so close to us that we do not even think about how they are arranged.
    The book may be useful not only for the designers themselves, but also for project managers.

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