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User-centered web design
Cato, John.
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Publication Information:
Harlow, England : Addison-Wesley, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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User Centred Web Design is an original and practical guide to designing or transforming successful interactive web sites, focussing on designing for the end-user. In a concise, readable text it presents an overview of user-centred interactive website project management and design, providing practical advice and proven methodology, as well as ideas and tips for ensuring that the final design meets the needs of both client and end-user. *Offers clear, concise, practical wisdom on the design process *Covers new perspectives and techniques for designing successful web sites *Contains a wealth of tips, tricks and techniques for creative design *Is your personal web design workshop

Author Notes

John Cato has 27 years experience designing software and interactive systems for clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Anderson Consulting, Microsoft, Rio Tinto plc, Westinghouse Systems and Datastream International, specialising in usability engineering, HCI and project management mentoring. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and runs a number of workshops and focussed training courses, as well as providing user-centred design consultancy and carrying out usability evaluations for a wide range of clients.

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Library Journal Review

Finding information on large web sites can be a chore because they are often created without the user in mind. Cato's book addresses this problem with an awareness, understanding, and action methodology. Though more of a treatise on user-centered design than a how-to book on web site creation, it offers real-life scenarios and site critiques that lay readers will find practical. Recommended as a supplement to HTML/how-to-build-a-web-site manuals already in your collection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
1 Design for Usep. 1
Awareness, understanding, action (AUA)p. 1
What is design?p. 2
What is useability?p. 3
Why design for use?p. 6
A pragmatic viewpointp. 7
2 Discover, Design, Usep. 9
Design frameworksp. 9
The iterative process of designp. 12
Overview of the design processp. 15
The mindset you bring to designp. 15
When to involve usersp. 17
3 Discoveryp. 19
Discovery foundationsp. 19
The organizationp. 23
The systemp. 33
The users - rolesp. 38
The use - actionsp. 47
The information - objectsp. 57
4 Disigning the Systemp. 69
From discovery to designp. 69
Areasp. 73
What are the pages? - the action processp. 77
What's on a page? - the information objectsp. 83
Interaction design - the AUA modelp. 93
5 Visual Designp. 105
Stylep. 105
Screenp. 115
Areasp. 123
What are the pages? - the action processp. 130
What's on a page? - the information objectsp. 141
Action and interactionp. 154
Realization - making it workp. 173
6 Usep. 191
Useability evaluationp. 191
Use is designp. 222
Lessons from useability evaluationp. 257
7 Side Tripsp. 267
Creativity - breaking the blocks and thinking anewp. 267
Brainstormingp. 274
Six hats techniquep. 277
City image, narrative and interaction designp. 283
Designing for WAP phonesp. 293
Appendixp. 301
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 315