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A Pattern Language for Web Usability

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Despite the astronomical number of hours invested in developing websites for commercial and other uses, it is now clear that many websites are poorly designed and have floundered as a result.

There are four main aspects of website design that can affect a site's success: usability, content, navigation and aesthetics. The last three aspects all contribute in some way to the first. One possible solution to the problem of ineffective website design is to develop and follow a set of guidelines for designing usable websites.

One of the most important recent ideas in software development is that of design patterns. Design patterns are standard solutions to recurring problems, defined to help people discuss them easily and to share solutions to common design problems. This book introduces and details a pattern language that will help you to address all four aspects crucial to website design success.

As well as defining the 79 patterns that make up his pattern language, Ian Graham provides a handy reference to existing best practice, organized in a way that reflects the structure of a typical web design project. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of good and bad websites to help you grasp clearly the essentials of successful website design. The full color pattern language is ready for you to apply to your own design projects.

This book:

  • defines 79 web usability patterns linked into a comprehensive pattern language;
  • will help designers write better sites and avoid errors of omission;
  • covers everything from understanding requirements to detailed design guidelines.

A Pattern Language for Web Usability is a practical guide for web designers and managers of website development projects and can be used as a simple checklist to aid the design process and ensure that websites are usable and successful.

About the Author

Ian Graham is an industry consultant with over 20 years experience, and has been a practitioner in IT for over 25. He is internationally recognized as an authority on business modeling, object-oriented software development methods, software development processes, and expert systems. Ian is currently Principal Consultant with TriReme International Ltd. Previously he spent six years in senior management positions with Chase Manhattan Bank and the Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS Warburg). Ian is well known as a public speaker and writer on advanced computing and has published over 60 articles and papers. He is the author or editor of 13 books on the subject and has lectured in 16 countries across 4 continents.

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