Ever notice that—in spite of their pervasiveness—designing web applications is still challenging? While their benefits motivate their creation, there are no well-established guidelines for design. This often results in inconsistent behaviors and appearances, even among web applications created by the same company. Design patterns for web applications, similar in concept to those for web sites and software design, offer an effective solution. In Web Application Design Patterns, Pawan Vora documents design patterns for web applications by not only identifying design solutions for user interaction problems, but also by examining the rationale for their effectiveness, and by presenting how they should be applied.

Key Features

Design interfaces faster, with a better rationale for the solutions you choose. Learn from over more than 100 patterns, with extensive annotation on use and extension. Take a short-cut into understanding the industry with more than 500 full-color screenshots and a web site for help, discussion, and a collection of additional patterns.


User interface designers, usability professionals, application developers working on commercial or intranet type products, and product management and project management.


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Morgan Kaufmann
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About the editor

Pawan Vora

Pawan Vora is the founder and president of Alpha Cube, Inc., a user experience design consultancy focused on designing, reviewing, and evaluating user interfaces for software and web-based applications. He has been a user experience professional for more than 14 years and has designed user interfaces for a range of applications for business-to-consumer, business-to-business, consumer-to-consumer, and business-to-employee environments. He has published and conducted a number of tutorials and in-house training workshops on web site design, web application design, and design patterns in the United States and internationally. Pawan has a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in addition to his bachelor’s degrees in production engineering and mechanical engineering from Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute in Mumbai, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Alpha Cube, Inc., CO, USA


A generation has watched the internet work its way into every part of society as talented designers and developers have explored new user interfaces and as the most robust design patterns have emerged through the refining fire of hundreds of millions of users. Pawan Vora has done a wonderful service in capturing these best practices in Web Application Design Patterns. This book will be valuable to people ranging from those putting together their first website to those shaping corporate web experiences, and from practitioners to researchers benchmarking existing patterns as new interface paradigms are created. -- Arnie Lund, User Experience Director, Microsoft Web Application Design Patterns is a must read if you are in the business of designing web applications, or simply want to understand the elements of a well-designed web application. Pawan Vora has condensed best practice, along with research and his solid experience, to create a useful reference about designing web applications. Even if you skimmed the book and looked at the designs, it will spark creative design ideas. -- David Dick, Technical Writer Excellent! A very complete and exhaustive overview of patterns for web applications with many previously undocumented patterns. This book is written in very accessible way and will tell you (nearly) everything you need to know when designing web applications. A must-have for any designer! -- Martijn van Welie, Pattern author, Philips Design This is the type of book you'll want to read with your entire team and a flip chart, because every page will produce a list of actionable changes to the applications you're developing. Pawan Vora has produced an amazing catalogue of the essential patterns for designing today's web-based applications. -- Jared Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering