Feb 23, 2009
last weekend I read the next book - Jenifer Tidwells "Designing Interfaces". In the post about Design Patterns I already mentioned the related website.
For me the book doesn't contain new information. It's a nice compendium of the main patterns and I think the book could be helpful if you want to find a solution for a specific problem.
If you don't know much about the design patterns than you should read the book. The various patterns are really well explained and visualized with good examples.
PS: @Techtalker - This book is available at the foyer.
Feb 16, 2009
today I want recommend you a book about solving problems and selling ideas with pictures. "The Back of the Napkin" by Dan Roam describes a new way of thinking - the visual thinking. On the one hand the book concentrates on possible methods to solve problems with visual thinking on the other hand the book also describes how the solutions can be presented to the audience.
(@Techtalker: The book is available in the foyer @ TTV)
At the MIX 08 conference Dan Roam talked about it and the video is available online. The basics of the book are covered in this workshop.
The visualization of the tools/methods provided in the book are also available on the website.
If somebody used this techniques to solve or present a problem it would be nice to hear something about your experiences.
Feb 13, 2009
now you can find usabilitytalks also on twitter. I will use twitter to post interesting links when I have no time to write a blog entry (so probably there will be some redundancy).
A nice visualization of twitter using paper sketches is available on youtube ("in plain english"-series).
Feb 10, 2009
today I recommend you a link to an article by Peter Morville about User Experience Deliverables. In this article Morville lists 20 user experience deliverables, including stories, personas, scenarios, concept designs, prototypes, styleguides and design patterns, with links to relevant resources and examples.
A really beautiful visualization of the deliverables is the treasure map.
Feb 6, 2009
now I want to share with you the second part of the links to the Design Pattern Libraries.
The first Pattern Library is Pattern Tap. They organized the patterns in collections and additionally they have so called User Sets. User Sets should focus more on detail than collections but they should be connected to patterns.
Designing Interfaces is a book written by Jenifer Tidwell. On the website several patterns are described answering the questions "what?", "why?" and "how?".
Designing Social Interfaces
The last link I want to share with you is the wiki Designing Social Interfaces created by Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone because they are writing about this topic. They use the wiki to share the patterns and to get feedback from the community.
I hope the provided links are usefull for you.
Feb 4, 2009
UX Patterns Explorer (Quince)
The UX Patterns Explorer is a Silverlight Application and you can browser through different UI Patterns using different modi. For example you can find patterns via a Wireframe or Tag connections. Every pattern is described with the problem, the solution and several "real life" examples.
Yahoo Design Pattern Library