GUI Bloopers 2.0

2nd Edition

Common User Interface Design Don'ts and Dos

Print ISBN: 9780123706430
eBook ISBN: 9780080552149
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 27th August 2007
Page Count: 424
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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Software engineers, web designers, web application developers,and interaction designers working on all kinds of products: web based software applications, software applications for delivery on PCs as well as phones or other appliances, text design on web sites, and so on.

Table of Contents

First Principles; GUI Control Bloopers; Navigation Bloopers; Textual Bloopers; Graphic Design & Layout Bloopers; Interaction Bloopers; Responsiveness Bloopers; Management Bloopers; Web Appendix – Color Bloopers; Appendices


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"If you are a software developer, read this book: especially if you don't think you need it. Don't worry, it isn't filled with abstract and useless theory--this is a book for doers, and those in the trenches. Buy it, read it, and take two sections daily." --Don Norman, Nielsen Norman Group