Fundamentals of Interactive Design
Consistency is one of the most powerful usability principles: when things always behave the same, users don’t have to worry about what will happen. Instead, they know what will happen based on earlier experience.”— Jakob Nielsen
Muiltimedia Design | Course: Lecture/Studio | Students: 20 | The Ohio State University
Design 573. Spring Quarter 2009, 2010, 2011
The application of the conventions of web design—that is, the common features, functions, and visual structure that Internet users have come to expect—allow the creation of more intuitive, easier to use interfaces, less trouble searching and browsing content, and the design of better interactive tools. For all their stylistic differences, most successful websites follow a fairly standard approach to information architecture, navigation, and page design. This course examines the underlying principles of effective web design from the importance of universal usability to the logical creation of site and page structure, search engine optimization, and adaptive design for desktop computers, cell phones, and tablets.
Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton
Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland (available online through OSU Libraries)