Beautiful Users: Designing for People

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Forward by means of Caroline Baumann
Project measure(s) of man through Thomas Carpentier
Glossary by way of Tiffany Lambert

In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss—widely thought of the daddy of commercial design—pioneered a user-centered method of layout that specializes in learning people's behaviors and attitudes as a key first step in constructing winning items. within the intervening years, user-centered layout has elevated to adopt the wishes of in a different way abled clients and international populations in addition to the layout of complicated structures and prone.

Beautiful Users explores the altering dating among designers and clients and considers various layout methodologies and practices, from person learn to hacking, open resource, and the maker tradition.

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Example: Tool for loan officers 15 16 CHAPTER 1 What Is a Web Application? FIGURE 1-6 2. Must users identify themselves? Do they have to log in to be able to do anything? If yes, then it’s an application. Or does logging in simply give them access to more information than they would receive if they remained anonymous? See Figure 1-6 for an example of a web page that offers users extensive online resources if they sign up. It’s not an application, but validation and security are as important here as they would be to access a corporate database.

A very useful hybridization is possible. Programs like the RealOne and iTunes players live on the desktop but pick up music and videos from the web. Desktop applications like Quicken and QuickBooks link to their corporate web site to get software updates automatically, and they let users jump into their online credit card accounts and backups on request. Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus regularly downloads new virus definitions to all registered computers. 7 8 CHAPTER 1 What Is a Web Application? Log files let you get a sense of who’s accessing your site, what they’re looking for, and even where they’re having problems.

Figure 1-4 is a good example of a sovereign application (Cooper and Reimann 2003, 103-116). ds (accessed 11 August 2003). 2 3 4 CHAPTER 1 What Is a Web Application? FIGURE 1-3 3 Maybe this? information. Applications and pages are similar, however, in that they both are graphical, both show logos and other corporate identity information, and both are information-rich. So, although the examples point out some similarities and differences between web pages and web applications, the division between the two is still not clear.

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