Designing Social Interfaces
Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Yahoo Press
Final Release Date: September 2009
Pages: 518

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

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        3.0

        Best used as a reference book

        By Tom O

        from Baltimore, MD

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        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.

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        By twilliams

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Designing Social Interfaces:

            The electronic version is full of typos and strange formatting, the pictures don't match up to the references, etc.

            The contents of the book are basically available for free on the Yahoo Pattern library.

            There isn't anything about emerging patterns, only those that exist.

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              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[...]

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