BOOK: Interface Design (2014)

WOOD, D. (2014) Interface Design: An Introduction to Visual Communication in UI Design. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-2940411993
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Interface Design: An introduction to visual communication in UI design
If you want to design successful user interfaces then you need clear and effective visual communication. Interface Design will help you achieve this using a range of incisive case studies, interviews with professional designers and clear hands-on advice to help you produce user-focused front-end designs for a range of digital media interfaces.

This book introduces the major elements of graphic design for digital media - layout, colour, iconography, imagery and typography, and shows how these visual communication basics can combine to produce positive interactive user experiences. With practical advice on improving communication between designers and developer, and a tantalizing look at designing interactivity for all five senses, this is a must-have introduction to developing interfaces that users will love.

Interface Design: An introduction to visual communication in UI design delivers real examples of the process of designing for UI and interactive projects. Seeing and learning from real examples of maps and diagramming while outlining critical components of the UI design process at various stages, makes this book an incredibly important resource for anyone wanting to learn about and implement a UI strategy - especially for graphic designers who were educated in the print world but want to make the transition to working on UI and interactive projects. Applying the information in this book can absolutely make any designer a more valuable and strategic contributor to current and prospective clients and employers. This book is easy to follow, provides a clear understanding of what to expect in each chapter, offers insight into key questions to be asked throughout the UI process and is loaded with relevant and applicable content and insight. This is not only a book, but an incredibly useful learning tool that can be utilized on daily basis. --Sean Brennan, Senior Project Manager, Haneke Design, Tampa, Florida, USA


I’d like to dedicate this book to the late James Russell - friend, mentor and uncle.

Without the help and support of the following people I wouldn’t have been able to write this book.

Paula O’Connell for the initial advice and support that helped me write a very strong proposal. Fellow lecturer Alan MacFarlane and his 50gb online storage for saving my three Powerpoint lectures on the very subject of this book that I foolishly deleted from my own hard drive. My proof-reading friends Tony Hardwick, Kristin Kramer and Mel Owen. I would also like to thank the staff at AVA Publishing for giving me this opportunity to write a book on the very subject I have been researching for a decade. Thanks to Georgia Kennedy for contacting me with the commission, and my editor Jacqui Sayers for her patience and extremely helpful guidance through the publishing process.


Support Material:

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