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New Guide Introduces Additional Criteria for Evaluating Information Resources

Medford, NJ, September 1999—Design Wise: A Guide for Evaluating the Interface Design of Information Resources by Alison J. Head was recently released by CyberAge Books, an imprint of Information Today, Inc. A new-fashioned guide, Design Wise takes the lessons of history and the results of multidisciplinary research to help users effectively evaluate the usability of computer-based information resources before making a commitment to use, to purchase or recommend to others. Whether you are an information center manager or a student interested in Web research resources, Design Wise doesn’t just tell you how to evaluate, it also tells you why.

An information management consultant, lecturer, and writer, Alison J. Head uses this book to demystify both the conceptual foundation and the practical application of interactive media.

In the midst of an information access explosion, she offers practical advice, tools, and techniques:

  • Interface design basics
  • Easy-to-implement design evaluation strategy
  • Design evaluation template, with checklists for practical use
  • Expert interviews
  • Design analyses of specific information resources
According to Elizabeth Osder of The New York Times on the Web, “Head delivers a practical and informative handbook.  A terrific resource for anyone who cares about the user and their ability to efficiently navigate the online world.”  In addition, The Thinking Person’s Web Site  proclaims, “If you need to choose software, and you want to choose well, use the advice of Design Wise.” 

Design Wise:  A Guide for Evaluating the Interface Design of Information Resources  (196 pp/softbound $29.95, ISBN 0-910965-31-5; hardbound $39.95, ISBN 0-910965-39-0) is published by Information Today, Inc. under the CyberAge Books imprint and is distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group. It is available in bookstores, by calling Information Today, Inc. at  800-300-9868 (outside U.S. call 609-654-6266), or online from the Information Today Store.

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