As the web has matured, interaction designers have been faced with the challenge of designing complex web-based applications, which resemble desktop applications in functionality and complexity.
Bob Baxley is a practicing designer specialized in interface design for both web and desktop applications. In his book, he does a great job explaining how the page-based hypertext model of the web, compared to the task and action based model of desktop applications, present a variety of unique challenges for web interface design. In the book, you'll find a great amount of useful tips on how to exploit the limited interactive vocabulary of the web.
Unfortunately, the focus of the book is somewhat blurred. A large part of the book deals with general aspect of web site development, which isn't relevant in the context of web applications. I'm sure that if Baxley had focused more exclusively on web applications, he could have taught us much more in less space.
- Sample chapter (PDF)
- The book at amazon.com
- The book at amazon.co.uk
- A more extensive review from Boxes and Arrows
- December 15, 2002
See also: Web applications (2)