User Interface Design For Programmers by Avram Joel SpolskyUser Interface Design For Programmers by Avram Joel Spolsky

User Interface Design For Programmers

byAvram Joel Spolsky

Paperback | January 23, 2006

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Most programmers' fear of user interface (UI) programming comes from their fear of doing UI design. They think that UI design is like graphic design—the mysterious process by which creative, latte-drinking, all-black-wearing people produce cool-looking, artistic pieces. Most programmers see themselves as analytic, logical thinkers instead—strong at reasoning, weak on artistic judgment, and incapable of doing UI design.

In this brilliantly readable book, author Joel Spolsky proposes simple, logical rules that can be applied without any artistic talent to improve any user interface, from traditional GUI applications to websites to consumer electronics. Spolsky's primary axiom, the importance of bringing the program model in line with the user model, is both rational and simple.

In a fun and entertaining way, Spolky makes user interface design easy for programmers to grasp. After reading User Interface Design for Programmers, you'll know how to design interfaces with the user in mind. You'll learn the important principles that underlie all good UI design, and you'll learn how to perform usability testing that works.

Joel Spolsky is a globally recognized expert on the software development process. His web site Joel on Software ( is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over 30 languages. As the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City, he created FogBugz, a popular project management...
Title:User Interface Design For ProgrammersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.25 × 7.52 × 0.03 inPublished:January 23, 2006Publisher:ApressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1893115941

ISBN - 13:9781893115941

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear, concise, excellent points. I've been reading Joel's website, Joel on Software for a while now. During my last round of book purchases I decided to pick this book up. Joel has a very effective writing style. He keeps the topics he writes about interesting and his articles online tend to flow well. This book continues this style. In fact I essentially read this book in one sitting which is rare for me when it comes to technical books. The book (which focuses on UI design theories) brings together several principles that seem like common sense but are sadly anything but. This book doesn't cover every aspect of UI design but it is a fantastic introduction to the issues every programmer must consider when putting together a UI. Joel's writing style provides the information in a light hearted effective manner. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-01-09