“Digital Design Essentials” Book Review and Q&A with Raj Lal at GraphicDesign.com

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming title of Raj Lal’s new book “Digital Design Essentials: 100 Ways to Design Better Desktop, Web, and Mobile Interfaces”. Far from being a basic primer, “Digital Design Essentials” clearly illustrates the how and why behind user interface (UI) design thinking and best practices from multiple perspectives (UI, UX and graphic design) across a full range of interfaces (desktop, mobile, web and television).

Digital Design Essentials - Infographic Design Page

Digital Design Essentials – Infographic Design Page

A quick look at the table of contents shows the range of topics covered—from why the UI behind Microsoft’s Notepad application is successful to how iPhone’s Instagram application creates a “seamless” user experience through complete integration with the device itself, to perhaps less commonly encountered UI challenges such as Yupp TV’s 10-foot interface.

Described on the back cover as a “comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of user interface (UI) design,” “Digital Design Essentials” does not disappoint. Through 100 annotated examples, each accompanied by concise design guidelines and best practices; alongside supplemental case studies, Lal distills complex information into easily digestible parts.

Unlike other texts, which may be too technical for new comers to UI or potentially overwhelm a reader with too many examples, Digital Design Essentials features a clearly curated representational cross section of UI challenges and solutions.

Metro / Modern UI

Metro / Modern UI

Organized by interface with visual examples in each category accompanied by a summary, notes on best practices, design guidelines and user experience along with cross references “Digital Design Essentials” is structured to be easily navigable—equally lending itself to being a quick reference on the job or in the classroom. Much like Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think” and Josh Clark’s “Tapworthy,” Raj Lal’s “Digital Design Essentials” is sure to be a staple on my top recommended design books list.

checkout the complete Interview at http://www.graphicdesign.com/article/digital-design-essentials-review-raj-lal/


Raj Lal is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed and developed software used by millions of people. Raj is the author of three popular books on Digital Design, Windows Gadget, and Smartphone Web development, in addition to many articles about web, digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world.

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