GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don'ts and Dos

  • 6h 18m
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books, Inc.
  • 2008

Is your application or Web site ready for prime time?

A major revision of a classic reference, GUI Bloopers 2.0 looks at user interface design bloopers from commercial software, Web sites, Web applications, and information appliances, explaining how intelligent, well-intentioned professionals make these mistakes--and how you can avoid them. While equipping you with the minimum of theory, GUI expert Jeff Johnson presents the reality of interface design in an entertaining, anecdotal, and instructive way.

  • Updated to reflect the bloopers that are common today, incorporating many comments and suggestions from first edition readers.
  • Takes a learn-by-example approach that teaches how to avoid common errors.
  • Covers bloopers in a wide range of categories: GUI controls, graphic design and layout, text messages, interaction strategies, Web site design -- including search, link, and navigation, responsiveness issues, and management decision-making.
  • Organized and formatted so information needed is quickly found, the new edition features call-outs for the examples and informative captions to enhance quick knowledge building.
  • Hundreds of illustrations: both the DOs and the DON'Ts for each topic covered, with checklists and additional bloopers on

About the Author

Jeff Johnson is President and Principal Consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm that offers UI design, usability reviews, usability testing, and training. He has worked in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1978. After earning B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, he worked as a user-interface designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Human-Computer Interaction and the impact of technology on society. He frequently gives talks and tutorials at conferences and companies on usability and user-interface design. He assisted in the design and evaluation of the Election Incident Reporting System, a Web-based system for reporting and voting problems, which was used to monitor the 2004 and 2005 U.S. elections. In addition to authoring GUI Bloopers and GUI Bloopers 2.0, he wrote Web Bloopers: 60 Common Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (2003).

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • First Principles
  • GUI Control Bloopers
  • Navigation Bloopers
  • Textual Bloopers
  • Graphic Design and Layout Bloopers
  • Interaction Bloopers
  • Responsiveness Bloopers
  • Management Bloopers
  • Bibliography
  • Web Appendix—Color Bloopers