Microinteractions: Full Color Edition
Designing with Details
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 170

It’s the little things that turn a good digital product into a great one. With this full color practical book, you’ll learn how to design effective microinteractions: the small details that exist inside and around features. How can users change a setting? How do they turn on mute, or know they have a new email message?

Through vivid, real-world examples from today’s devices and applications, author Dan Saffer walks you through a microinteraction’s essential parts, then shows you how to use them in a mobile app, a web widget, and an appliance. You’ll quickly discover how microinteractions can change a product from one that’s tolerated into one that’s treasured.

  • Explore a microinteraction’s structure: triggers, rules, feedback, modes, and loops
  • Learn the types of triggers that initiate a microinteraction
  • Create simple rules that define how your microinteraction can be used
  • Help users understand the rules with feedback, using graphics, sounds, and vibrations
  • Use modes to let users set preferences or modify a microinteraction
  • Extend a microinteraction’s life with loops, such as “Get data every 30 seconds”
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        5.0

        Fantastic content

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            Great content and well structured. Good explanations and reasoning of examples.

             
            4.0

            Interesting design techniques

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                Comments about oreilly Microinteractions: Full Color Edition:

                Several interesting techniques on how to design small (and larger) details on UIs, and plenty of inspiring examples of clever UIs.

                The suggestions involving a full catalog of your program's microinteractions seem to apply to either companies with larger resources or to very small programs.

                Other than that, I think that what I learned from reading this book will help me when designing UIs and microinteractions in the future.

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                Microinteractions: sweat the small stuff

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                      Comments about oreilly Microinteractions: Full Color Edition:

                      I bought this book to aid good design, but within the 1st chapter I was already annoyed, which is not good book "design". I started to count the number of sentences containing the word "microinteraction". The text reads like a script from a home shopping channel, where every statement has to mention "Product X". A small book rewrite would be a good idea. Don't forget, it's the "microinteractions" with the user thaat count!

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