Designing from Both Sides of the Screen

May 9th, 2002 by Tony in * commentary, * one-offs

Most books I’ve read on User Interface Design support their theoretical approach with copious examples. This one takes the opposite approach. Most of the book is taken up with describing the evolution of an instant messaging client, and how its UI developed. This is made interesting because the software was developed simultaneously for Windows and for a PDA. However, I’d never heard of the product (Hubbub) before reading this book. This isn’t necessarily a problem, as there’s still a lot of useful ideas here (and as far as I’m concerned, the more books that reinforce the concept that most software is still really badly designed, the better), but I can’t help thinking that the book would have been more useful, or at least more interesting, if it was the story of the development of a product I actually used.

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