January 25, 2006
A recent post by Steve Makofsky reminded me that the excellent UI Patterns and Techniques site is now a book from O'Reilly -- Designing Interfaces.
There's technically no reason to buy a book on visual design patterns when you can find the same information online ..
.. but what a glorious, infinitely browsable full-color
book this is. It's highly visual and truly does justice to the concept: a Design Patterns
for the eye instead of the mind. Sometimes atoms are
better than bytes.
Unlike any of the Design Patterns in that famous book, these patterns are visible to your users. Plan accordingly.
Posted by Jeff Atwood
Wow! You mean the book has off-line reading capabilities and doesn't require a power cord? Sign me up!
AND you can read them in the bathroom!
Well, I guess we could do that with laptops and wifi too.
Thanks for the recommendation. Wishlisted.
BTW there is a sample chapter online here: a href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/designinterfaces/index.html"http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/designinterfaces/index.html/a and from what I can see the illustrations are gorgeous.
Yeah, I love that book. It's indespensible, imho.
Man, that toastytech.com GUI site sucks long and hard. How does that guy have the gall to criticise *anyone* else's GUI?
Thanks, everyone! Glad to hear that people like it.
By the way, you can find about half the book's patterns online -- they've been moved to http://designinginterfaces.com from the time-tripper site, and updated to match the book text -- but the book does have lots of material that'll never be on the Web (except via Safari).
Whoa, the irony. Post 1, here's a book, it's great. Post 2: creating any information that isn't Web searchable is a waste of time. Dude, you need to decide. :-)