From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it's not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.
Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.
Understand the overarching principles you need to consider for every website you create
Learn basic design patterns for adding social components to an existing site
Rein in misbehaving users on an active community site
Build a social experience around a product or service and invite people to join
Develop a social utility without having to build an entirely new infrastructure
Enable users of your site's content to interact with one another
Offer your members the opportunity to connect in the real world
Learn to recognize and avoid antipatterns: emergent bad practices in the social network and social media space
What Are Social Patterns?
Chapter 1 Mommy, What’s a Social User Experience Pattern?
A Little Social Backstory...
What Do We Mean by Principle, Best Practice, and Patterns?
So, That’s All the Little Parts: Now What?
Chapter 2 Social to the Core
Deliberately Leave Things Incomplete
Social but Not Social Only
Talk Like a Person!
Self-Deprecating Error Message
Your Versus My
No Joking Around
Don’t Break Email!
Learn from Games
Cargo Cult Anti-Pattern
Respect the Ethical Dimension
I Am Somebody
Chapter 3 You’re Invited!
Sign-up or Registration
The Password Anti-Pattern
Chapter 4 Where’s the Rest of Me?
Testimonials (or Personal Recommendations)
Identity Cards or Contact Cards
Chapter 5 We Are Here! We Are Here! We Are Here!
A Brief History of Online Presence
Presence Actions and Facets
Updates Opt-in Disclosure
Chapter 6 Would You Buy a Used Car from This Person?
Christian Crumlish is the curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and has been designing and writing about online user experiences since 1994. He is a director of the Information Architecture Institute and co-chair of the monthly BayCHI program.
He is the author of The Power of Many and is writing a book called Designing Social Interfaces for O'Reilly Media with Erin Malone. He studied philosophy at Princeton and painting at the San Francisco School of Art, and lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Briggs, and his cat, Fraidy.
Erin Malone is Principal with Tangible UX, and has over 20 years of experience leading design teams and developing social experiences as well as web and software applications and system-wide solutions. Prior to Tangible, she spent 4 years at Yahoo! leading the Platform User Experience Design team where they were responsible for building the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and for providing design expertise to the popular YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). Additionally, Erin led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, oversaw the redesign of Yahoo!'s registration system, developed the ux team's intranet and worked on other cross-company initiatives.
Before Yahoo!, she was a Design Director at AOL, Creative Director at AltaVista, and chief Information Architect for Zip2. Erin was the founding editor-in-chief of Boxes and Arrows and is the author of several articles on interaction design history, design management, and is a founding member of the IA Institute. She is currently working on the book Designing Social Interfaces with Christian Crumlish for O'Reilly Media.
The image on the cover of Designing Social Interfaces is a king bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius). Members of the Paradisaeidae family, these small passerine birds can be found on the New Guinea mainland and on the surrounding islands of Aru, Missol, Salawati, and Yapen. They inhabit lowland rainforests and build their nests in tree cavities. Their diet consists of fruit and insects.
The smallest and most vividly colored of the birds of paradise, the king bird of paradise has been called a "living gem." Males are a brilliant red with a white underside, a green band across the chest, and a black spot above each eye. They are further distinguished by two long, wirelike tailfeather shafts tipped with a swirl of emerald-green feathers. By contrast, females are a subdued shade of olive or brown with a buff-colored chest. Both sexes have blue legs and feet and are on average six to seven inches long (not including the males' tailfeathers, which can be as long as their bodies).
The colorful feathers of birds of paradise were popular in women's fashion over a century ago, and in fact, their population was almost decimated in the late 1800s due to the practice of using the feathers to decorate women's hats. As many as 50,000 skins were exported each year until the 1920s, when exportation of the birds out of New Guinea was prohibited. Although the skins and feathers of male king birds of paradise are still sometimes used by native New Guineans in their dress and rituals, the species is abundant and no longer at risk of extinction.
Comments about O'Reilly Media Designing Social Interfaces:
When I purchased this book I was hoping to get a better grasp on common social interface patterns and their usage. I wanted to build better autocomplete tools so users could more readily find users and connections, or learn better ways to organize groups of users so they'd be easier to find and isolate in an interface. While this book has given me descriptive patterns and current examples of those patterns, I still felt like it missed giving me the insight I was really looking for. I felt like this book focused much more on presenting the patterns than it focused on keeping the interfaces engaging.
On the other hand, it is a useful book of definitions and patterns. The simple naming makes it easy to take a unknown description and map it to one of the pattern. I also appreciate that the book breaks down a pattern into "What", "Use When", "How", "Why", "Related patterns" and "As seen on". The "How" section provides a good sanity check for added features. This section gently reminds you that you can, for instance, add subscriptions or saved searches to a social search, and other minor things that you may not initially consider when trying to implement a pattern for the first time.
All in all, I find this book to be a decent purchase, and a good reference tool when I need it. This book would probably work best for the person that has real problems designing social interfaces. Maybe if you have to constantly redesign or deal with unhappy customers, this book would help you focus on stabilizing your interface.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Comments about O'Reilly Media Designing Social Interfaces:
At a time when I was painted in a corner, in need of swift assistance which articulated social media user experience as well as user interface design in a thoughtful, studied manner, Designing Social Interfaces, by: Christian Crumlish & Erin Malone truly came to my rescue. Written for both expeditious access to solid research and casual perusing, Designing Social Interfaces has become a staple in my Information Architecture toolbox. I strongly recommend this volume to any solution practitioner within the worlds of IA, UX, UI, and social media strategy.Hats off, and great thanks, to both Mr. Crumlish and Ms. Malone[...]
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend