Brief review of the book “User Interface Design for Programmers”

September 22nd, 2004

Joel Spolsky’s book User Interface Design for Programmers is fun to read. Kinda expensive though 😮 I don’t know why he opted to go full color because most stuff inside can be printed in nice and affordable B&W.

Summary of this book: (well, IMHO)

  • Users don’t read manual, nor dialogs.
  • Users can’t use mouse.
  • Users ain’t stupid, it’s just not their fault. You have to make UI easy for them to use.
  • Long and elegant writing is shit. KISS style writing rules.
  • Imaginary user sucks. Take your mockup to the mess hall and grab 5 people to review it.

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