Chapter 2

Interaction Design

“Everything is best for something and worst for something else. The trick is knowing for what, when, for whom, and why.”

—BILL BUXTON

The concept behind UI is Communication is that a user interface is essentially a conversation between users and a product to perform tasks that achieve users’ goals. A user interface differs from human conversation primarily in that it uses the language of UI instead of natural language.

The goal of this chapter is to establish and help readers understand the language of UI—essentially the parts of speech for user interfaces. In doing so, the chapter presents the traditional UI elements—controls, labels, feedback, pages, dialog boxes, error messages, and so on—and focuses on how to ...

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