Author: Robert Hoekman, Jr.
Publisher: New Riders
Aimed at: Web designers / developers
Pros: Full of good ideas, well written
Cons: Sickly in places
Reviewed by: Dave Wheeler
I liked this book, but, truth be told, not at first. To begin with, I got annoyed with Hoekman’s writing style; his seemingly constant references to how he saved a site with yet another great piece of design; and I disagreed with his ideas in many places. Then I warmed to his goal. He had me thinking about the user, and the user experience (shudder) without thinking about technical implementation detail. In other words, he’d got me back into design, and not coding. Moreover, he has many good design ideas to share as well.
Therefore, this book is a winner if you care about the design of the UI, and the engagement of the user, at a higher level than just the mechanical aspects of laying out forms, or creating menus. Thus, I have no trouble in recommending it wholeheartedly.
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