Taking Your Talent to the Web is aimed primarily at print designers in the process of trading in their Pantone swatch book for a Web-safe colour palette. Designers following this path are more numerous than wildebeest on the plains of the Serengeti, but in fact the book serves as an excellent primer for anyone considering Web design as a profession.
This takes in the kind of stuff you'd expect--navigation and interface design, typography, colour, style sheets, browser compatibility and standards--and adds a wealth of useful background material. Where examples are provided, Zeldman gives WYSIWYG HTML editors like GoLive and Dreamweaver a wide birth, preferring to stick with clean, functional hand-wrought HTML.
The best thing about the book, though, is Zeldman's style. Very few authors have the ability to inject humour into technical subjects without it being intrusive and irritating, but he manages to pull it off on almost every page. This is a book you'll actually enjoy reading, as well as learning from. --Ken McMahon
From the Back Cover
This is an explicit and detailed guide, an intelligent “how-to” book for professionals. It lays the groundwork and creates context by exploring essential concepts, defines terms that may be new or unfamiliar, and then moves forward with practical software techniques. All the while it is building on the existing knowledge and experience of its professional design audience. Taking Your Talent to the Web is based on the Populi Curriculum in Web Communications Design, developed by Jeffrey Zeldman in cooperation with Populi, Inc.The book?s purpose is to guide traditional art directors and print designers as they expand their existing careers to include the new field of professional Web Design.
About the Author
Jeffrey Zeldman has been designing websites since the Crimean War. His personal website at http://www.zeldman.com has been visited by millions. Jeffrey is the publisher and creative director of A List Apart (http://www.alistapart.com), a weekly magazine "For People Who Make Websites"; cofounder and leader of the advocacy group, The Web Standards Project (http://www.webstandards.org); and founder of Happy Cog (http://www.happycog.com), a web design agency. He is a featured columnist for publications including Adobe Web Center, PDN-Pix Magazine, and Crain's Creativity Magazine and speaks at web and design conferences around the world. But what he really wants to do is direct.