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Title:
Design wise : a guide for evaluating the interface design of information resources
Author:
Head, Alison J., 1957-
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Publication Information:
Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxiii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Interface design basics. Why design matters ; Secret shame ; Deconstructing evaluation -- Interface design analyses. CD-ROMs: treasure trove or wasteland? ; Web sites: weaving deceit? ; Online commercial databases: power tools unplugged? ; Four predictions.
ISBN:
9780910965392

9780910965316
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Book

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Summary

The increased usage of computers and the Internet for accessing information, the drastic growth in end users, and the creation of more and more multimedia products has put a definite spin on the evaluation of information resources. The old question used to be: "What's the name of the provider that carries so-and-so?" The new question is: "Out of all the places I can access so-and-so, which one is the easiest to use?"


Summary

A badly designed Web site interface can result in a site that is hard to find and hard to use but a well-designed interface helps users find and utilize the information they need quickly and easily. Explaining what interface design is and how to evaluate it, this guide explores the importance of interface design to users, reveals how a product gets designed, and provides a design evaluation template and design analyses of CD-ROMs, Web sites, and online providers.


Author Notes

Alison J. Head is a lecturer, writer, and information management consultant. She has been a contractor on Internet design and evaluation at Hewlett-Packard and has lectured extensively on library and information science. She lives in Sonoma, California.


Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. v
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Part 1 Interface Design Basicsp. 1
Chapter 1 Why Design Mattersp. 3
Chapter 2 Secret Shamep. 21
Chapter 3 Deconstructing Evaluationp. 39
Part 2 Interface Design Analysesp. 71
Chapter 4 CD-ROMs: Treasure Trove or Wasteland?p. 73
Chapter 5 Web Sites: Weaving Deceit?p. 93
Chapter 6 Online Commercial Databases: Power Tools Unplugged?p. 139
Chapter 7 Four Predictionsp. 167
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 187
List of Figures and Tablesp. v
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Part 1 Interface Design Basicsp. 1
Chapter 1 Why Design Mattersp. 3
Chapter 2 Secret Shamep. 21
Chapter 3 Deconstructing Evaluationp. 39
Part 2 Interface Design Analysesp. 71
Chapter 4 CD-ROMs: Treasure Trove or Wasteland?p. 73
Chapter 5 Web Sites: Weaving Deceit?p. 93
Chapter 6 Online Commercial Databases: Power Tools Unplugged?p. 139
Chapter 7 Four Predictionsp. 167
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 187

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