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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Boulton Design Ltd (14 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956174019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956174017
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Boulton is a designer from the UK. He's worked exclusively in web design for over ten years, but has a background in traditional graphic and typographic design. Drawing on this traditional background, Mark is able to bridge the gap between graphic design and the modern web design. Mark runs his own web design studio, Mark Boulton Design, who specialise in designing simple, beautiful things for the modern web. He also co-wrote Web Standards Creativity published by Friends of Ed, and he writes a popular blog, mostly about design.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Guy D. Carberry on 4 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
Mark Boulton's Five Simple Steps: A practical guide to designing for the web has to be my favourite web design book of the year. One of the many things I really love about it is the personalised anecdotal style applied throughout. It's the kind of book that will age gracefully as it doesn't dwell too much on current trends or techniques, supplementing them with solid age-old design theory from someone who has had formal training in typography, layout and colour theory.

Mark illustrates each of his points with a case study from his own vast portfolio and other examples from the web and print. Be it the enormous task of redesigning the Drupal community or the De Standard newspaper websites to the time he spent designing endless tables of printed data in his early career. The book has bags of personality and really does fill a void in my bookcase that has been begging to be filled for some years.

Mark self-published his book and the attention to detail cross the entire process shines through. The enclosed postcards show us that this is the first in a series of five simple steps books and the handwritten compliment slip really added to the whole experience. Even the box it was delivered in showed that ever ounce of the design had been poured over for unending hours. I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darren Azzopardi on 23 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
I had been waiting to get this book since it was announced via twitter, I visited the site regularly and looked at the pictures on its flickr account.

Don't judge a book by its cover-that saying is a load of tosh. Looking at the front cover you know it's going to be interesting. The design is just sexy, simple, but gosh I do like it.

Waiting for this book felt like an eternity. For coincidence the book arrived the same day my second daughter was born. I had to travel back to collect some clothes. As I opened the door I felt the resistance of the book on the mat. I slowly opened it. Like a holy grail or some other sacred artifact I could hear a choir in the background and a golden halo appear as I held it up. The thing was I couldn't read it until the baby saga had ended and we got into a routine. The tension was building inside.

Any way...

I have no graphic design training at all but over the years the same factors came popping up. Typography, grids, golden section, colour theory, to name but a few. I personally needed to understand these elements, back to basics as it where.

This is where I feel this book is vital. You can search the net for tutorials and articles on these subjects but what I needed was a reference, a source I know that has good foundation. This is it.

The book gives you a look into what a web designer has to consider, and informs you on the techniques to achieve it.

I love that the book has armed with specific areas to get better in, so in a way a new journey for me begins.

You won't be disappointed by this book...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great from a front-end perspective. And most likely others too. 11 Sep 2009
By E. Alnæs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Designing for the Web won't teach you anything about HTML5, CSS3 or anything else the cool kids are talking about these days. Quite the opposite. And this is why you should read it.

Designing for the Web is a web design book that will still be valid next year, which is a novelty in the genre. This is because it is not about code examples, glossy buttons or Javascript GUI-animations.

It takes a look back at the roots of graphic design and shows us why we shouldn't throw all that knowledge away, even though "the web is not print". Mark Boulton has a background from art- and design school, which he uses to explain the academics of typography, layout, colour theory and grids. For each theory he shows when and how this applies to the web, and even when to be crazy and break the rules to make it even better. Just make sure you learn the rules before you break them.

I really like this read since I'm already comfortable with the ins and outs of the typical front-end coding and web standards, but I have literately no education on the graphic design/art side of web design. I've leafed through a lot of books on the subject, even started reading a few, but none have had any connection to web design.

I recommend this book to anyone who touches any part of the design process. That includes you too, code-monkeys!
A good introduction 8 Jan 2014
By FHS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book gives an overview of web designer activities.

If by "practical guide" you understand that this guide will help you to build you website, you'll probably be disappointed (and other book are more into that). But if you want understand what a web designer does, because you consider becoming one, or because you have to work with web designers, it's a good introduction.
Solid Ideas, poorly executed 18 Jan 2013
By Brian H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The ideas and concepts in this book are right on. Definitely a good baseline for strong web design. The writing and prose of this book on the other hand, is pretty bad. The writing really doesn't flow. Be warned
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Recommend 13 Jan 2014
By Nina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Recommend this product.It was fast shipping well packaged. Did not have any problems with this quality. Good product. thank you.
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