The following paragraphs are quoted verbatim from the back cover:
Learn from the leader of the Windows interface design teams
“This book is a resource that everyone working with Windows should have.” – Tony
Fernandes, Manager of Human Interface, Netscape Corporation.
When it comes to the art and science of great Windows interface design, few people are as
knowledgeable as Virginia Howlett. As Director of Visual Interface Design at Microsoft, Virginia
Howlett headed the team that designed the visual interfaces for Windows 3.1, Windows NT, and
Windows 95. Now, in this illuminating book, she shares everything she knows about designing
the most visually functional, usable, and attractive Windows applications possible.
Virginia Howlett draws upon several topics, including design aesthetics, human factors,
and the psychology of visual perception. She uses these to develop a set of concrete Windows
interface design principles that developers and designers can apply in their everyday work.
Along the way, Howlett supplies you with all the hands-on information and software development
techniques you need to put these concepts into practice in your own interface design –
and redesign – efforts.
This visually stunning guide practices what it preaches. Its numerous full-color examples of
both good and bad interfaces and graphics for the Windows environment are a source of
enlightenment and inspiration.
You gain a basic command of critical interface topics, including:
|The Windows interface design process
|Components of a Windows interface, including color, fonts, and icons
|The vital aesthetic parameters built into the Windows interface
|Windows interface design decision making and strategies
|Basic graphic design and visual perception principles and how to apply them
Virginia Howlett is Director of Visual Interface Design at Microsoft, where she
managed the visual design of Windows 3.1, Windows NT, and Windows 95. Prior to joining
Microsoft, she was a university professor of art and design.