Additional Bibliographic material. See also the additional references page.
The following is a list of books that I have found useful.
- Designing the User Interface. Ben
Schneiderman. 3rd Edition. Addison-Wesley 1998
- One of the classics. This book is aimed at everyone who is involved in
the design of user interfaces. It is not a "how to program them
- Designing Object oriented User Interfaces. Dave
Collins. Benjamin Cummings 1994.
- This book adopts a particular paradigm, the object oriented view. It
provides the reader with a conceptual framework for designing user
interfaces. There is some discussion of implementation details.
- A Small matter of Programming: Perspectives on End user
Computing. Bonnie A. Nardi. MIT Press 1993
- It is hard to classify this book. It has some very good things to say
about what the business of programming is really about. Spreadsheets and
CAD systems are used as examples of powerful environments in which users
are prepared to learn sophisticated methods.
- Windows Wisdom. Leendert Ammeraal. John Wiley
- Some of the nuts and bolts of windows programming are examined. The
book does not try to do everything. Rather it builds gradually to a
complete system. It give an understanding of why Windows programs are
the way they are.
- Core Java. Gary Cornell and Cay S. Horstmann.
- I think I prefer this book to java by example because it is a little
more systematic. In particular it is written for people who know
something about programming. Of course if you like to start out with all
the deatils there is:
- Java in a nutshell: David Flanagan O'Reilly
- The books in this series are reliable if somewhat dry. This one has
all the classes and their listed. (Of course if you get Symantic's Cafe
you won't need this since everything is on line for browsing. Is this a
- Tcl and the Tk Toolkit. John K. Ousterhout.
- If you want to build quick graphic interfaces in the X world this book
tells you how. Simple programs can be put together very quickly.
- Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. George
Lakoff. Univ of Chicago press. 1987.
- A summary of modern views about categorization.
- User Interface Management Systems: Models and Algorithms.
Dan R. Olsen Jr. Morgan Kauffman
- Written before the explosion of Visual languages and therefor somewhat
out of date this book provides a good guide to lower level details on
- The Design of Everyday Things. Donald Norman
- This is a must read book. It explains why so many things are easy to
use and so many others are not.
- The Invisible Computer. Donald Norman. MIT
- Even better than the Design of Everyday Things. Norman is opinionated
-- mostly right too! -- about the way in which the computer industry has
failed almost completely to take account of the user in software
- The Humane Interface. Jef Raskin.
- Written by one of the designers of the McIntosh interface. This is a
book that I might have used for this course if I had seen it earlier.
Again I don't agree with all he says -- I think he is quite wrong on the
one button mouse issue, for a left hander needing to use both the mouse
and a key on the left hand side of the keyboard is design sadism.
- JAVA. Look and Feel Design Guidelines Sun
- This is a style manual for applciations that use the Java foundation
classes. There are many good things in it. Personally I don't like their
rejection of the use of the middle button of a three button mouse,
chording (for a two button mouse and click+key would work for the other
mice) until sanity prevails and everybody uses three button mice -- OK
this is the M*cr*s*ft way but even that Bill is right occasionally.
Magazines and Articles
- IEEE Computer
- Published by the IEEE this monthly
frequently has material of interest to GUI designers. The March 1995
issue has several articles on Visual programming.
- IEEE Software
- A quarterly. Also published by the IEEE.
- Communications of the ACM
- Published Monthly by the ACM
(formerly known as the Association for Computing Machinery). This also
often has articles relevant to user interface design. The ACM now
publishes a journal on user interface design.
- See for example the August 2000 issue which is devoted to
- The July 2000 issue has some articles on "Physically based
computer animation". While perhaps not directly related to GUI
design there are some useful insights to be gained.
- Published by SIGART the Special
Interest group on AI of the ACM has
occasional articles of interest for User Interface design.
- Interface Agents as Surrogate users by Robert
St. Amant appears in the Summer 2000 issue
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