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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764536745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764536748
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 20 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a very good look at the communication aspect of web design. It does not focus on the technical aspects of HTML, Flash asp etc, but instead looks at the actual design of the sites and how particular design considerations alter your perspective of a particular site. It is a well written and easy to read book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good info, could be condensed 21 Mar 2003
By KPineo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book lays a good foundation for web design by emphasizing planning, meeting clients' goals, and understanding the target audience. Wroblewski emphasizes usability when describing the core of the site- structure, navigation, content- and how it will affect the experience of the audience. He uses numerous examples to illustrate layout, visual heirarchy, color schemes, and how they work together (or don't!) to communicate quickly and effectively to the site visitor.
I got frustrated about the amount of fluff surrounding actual information. He makes plenty of good points and then buries them beneath a barrage of condescending, long-winded metaphors, like the way we can read a map and know that blue represents water. The analogy itself could be helpful, but three paragraphs to explain the analogy is just distracting.
I'm glad I read it... it opened my eyes to many challenges that web designers face, and inspired me to infuse life and personality into my own site. I'm also glad I highlighted the meaningful parts so I (or friends who borrow it) can skip past the fluff in the future.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Visual & "wordy" is what makes this book great! 26 July 2003
By "spira333" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Site-Seeing, I must respond to a few of the reviews asserting that the author should have condensed certain material in the book. For me, the many visual examples and the great, detailed explanations (one reviewer suggested "wordy") are exactly what makes this book so useful. Rather than just skimming over important design concepts, the author actually takes the time to properly explain these important principles and illustrate them with examples. In my opinion, many other web design books use only words, whereas in this book, you can actually see and understand what the author is talking about. This is very important to me, as a visual learner. That is just one reason why this book is still on my desk.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Usability - Physician Heal Thyself 21 July 2008
By D. W. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To be fair about this, I am not judging the content of the book, but the format of the book is horrific. The author presents concepts for implementing usable web design through a book that seems to ignor hundreds of years of proven usability principles for the printed word. Interesting design, or even attractive design, is not always usable design.

The book looks like an undergraduate graphic design project - and not a successful one at that. While the author may have many good things to say, communication of those points gets lost in the design. His credibility for what he has to say also gets lost, because of the way he presents his information. I purchased this book for about $6 (used), that's a fair price for an example of what not to do. If you want to gain a solid understanding of basic usability principles, start with Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think".
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Making Sense out of Clutter 29 Aug 2002
By Joseph Sjoblom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The publication of this book is quite timely as websites today are in my opinion too cluttered and it is mind boggling to go through most web pages. Most people (myself included) simply scan such web pages quickly. Visual cues and relationships are the key making sense of these pages. Therefore, I think it is a great idea to teach website developers usability issues from the visual perspective. Which is exactly what Site Seeing does with lots of examples and many many great tips on how to design navigation, home pages, web applications, and more. Wonderful book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful book, well written and outlined 21 Aug 2002
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. As a programmer without a lot of
experience charged with creating several WWW sites for my
emplyer, the sections on visual design were invaluable to me. The methaphos and examples used throughout the book got me "looking" at Web pages (especially the ones I did and plan to do) with an informed eye. My Web skills have vastly imporved, as evidenced by the praise I have received for my most recent site design! I recommend this book to all WWW designers who "struggle" to get the page "right"! This text will get you there.
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