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The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design: The Ultimate Guide to Themes, Trends and Styles in Website ... Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Mcneil
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Inspiring Web Design at a Glance

The Web Designer's Idea Book includes more than 700 websites arranged thematically, so you can find inspiration for layout, color, style and more. Author Patrick McNeil has cataloged more than 5,000 sites on his website, and showcased in this book are the very best examples.

Sites are organized by type, design style, theme, color, element and structure. Each chapter is easy to use and reference again and again, whether you're talking with a coworker or discussing website design options with a client. As a handy desk reference for design layout, color and style, this book is a must-have for starting new projects.

About the Author

Patrick McNeil is a freelance web designer and programmer. Previously he worked for marketing and technology firm TargetScope Inc. His blog, designmeltdown.com, presents trends in web design and provides inspiration for designers by organizing the sites thematically.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20015 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (8 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005307LAY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick McNeil's diverse interests have merged web technology and design, resulting in work that touches everything from high design to hard-core programming. Ultimately, his love for design, inspiration, and sharing knowledge has fueled his passion for running Design Meltdown, where he has cataloged and observed web design trends over the last few years.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Compilation 25 Oct 2008
By PJayS
Format:Paperback
This book is a really useful addition to the web designers arsenal - it's sort of a mix between Designmeltdown.com (created by the author) and [...] - with the best bits saved for this book. If you are lacking the inspiration which you usually have, or if you can't go through the whole of DesignMeltdown's archives - this is for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginners to Experts 23 Nov 2008
By C. Park
Format:Paperback
I found this book an enjoyable and insightful read. The structure allows you to go back to the book for reference and as the title states gives the reader loads of ideas. I am a creative professional and I am finding this book a good starting point in discussion around issues such as style and how to use colour. Defiantly something I would recommend to fellow professionals.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Inspiration 20 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not a bad little book, not wonderful but not bad. As previously mentioned by others, it's a collection of websites that reflect the authors ideas of 'good design'.

Not much text, lots of pretty pictures so it will suit some people more than others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small images of sites 5 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
The book includes mainly TOO SMALL images of web sites. Somehow I thinki the variety could be wider, more "indie" and different layouts too. There is not so many graphics designs that makes me say "wow". And, the images really are too small to my taste. But anyway a good book to look around and have some ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I read the previous reviews on this book and I must say, they're bang on! I then bought this book as I was heading a bit flat with my site designs and voila.. what a great source of both inspiration AND information.
Commendations to the author on not just providing a good selection of sites but also breaking them down and explaining concepts.. The other guys are always asking to borrow this book from my desk!! LoL..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Web Design Resource 17 May 2012
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
At first glance this book doesn't appear to be much more than a collection of snapshots of various websites. However, you quickly realize that the true value of this book is in its organization of topics and the way that it presents all the various web design choices and options. The six main sections of the book focus on different ways you may choose to design your site - by type (blog, personal, photography, etc.), by design style (retro, minimalist, photographic, etc.), theme (nature, clouds, extreme, etc.), color, elements (rays, crests, stripes, etc.), and structure (tabs, zoom in, modules, etc.). Each subsection introduces that particular design choice with a few meaningful paragraphs, and explains the rationale beyond what particular effects that sites might want to convey. As already mentioned, there are plenty of site snapshots and illustrations that give examples of how to implement particular design choices in practice. As the title of this book suggests, these are just ideas - you won't find much in-depth coverage of these design choices, and if you are looking for such material you might want to consult a different book. Each example in the book is accompanied with the URL of the particular site, so you can go ahead and explore it in a greater detail.

The ideal audience for this book would be a web developer with limited resources and a smallish number of projects. If you are interested in building just one or two sites for personal use, then this book might be overkill, but even then you might enjoy learning about various design ideas out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but not for my purpose 15 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
The book is good, really, but I thought there would be more technical hints for how to create a certain site. The book is definitely inspiring, but I should have read better what the purpose of the book was.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Web Designers Idea Book Short Review 12 May 2009
Format:Paperback
I must recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in making websites. Each chapter is brought down in to sub sections based on colour, type, style etc. which helps differentiate between the somewhat limitless types of websites there are on the web.
HTML colour codes taken from the featured websites are also also included in each section - these have proved very helpful to me.
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Published 16 days ago by Alex Wayt
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't possibly run out of ideas.
The ability to look in this book and into individual themes is excellent, I have not been out of ideas as I can pick this up and find what I want; and there are links to the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Finn Shackleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
Bought as a present for a friend. The book was really smartly presented and had really good ideas apparently .
Published 11 months ago by Abby Conkleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I found this book to be a huge help, especially when I was learning the fundamentals of web design. Great categorisation by type of website and colour, always have this book on my... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Dan Norris
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a coffee table book
A great collection of nice pages on the web divided into groups according to colour, background etc. Saves you a lot of time because you don't have to find them yourself. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by TT
2.0 out of 5 stars Web Designers Idea Book, Ultimate guide... I think not
This book is a collection of what the author considers to be good ideas. I did not think it was that inspirational. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by DRGorilla
3.0 out of 5 stars bit boring - nice websites - good ideas!
worth looking through in the shop to get some ideas! Would be quite good to show future clients to get ideas of what they like. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by JB
1.0 out of 5 stars KINDLE VERSION Review/Diatribe ONLY!
The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design: The Ultimate Guide to Themes, Trends and Styles in Website ... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2011 by Darrell Burnett
2.0 out of 5 stars Design for HOME PAGE but not inner pages
The whole idea is great when we talk about home page design. And yes if you check his samples carefully, you can easily find out that most if not all are wordpress websites. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by Steve J
5.0 out of 5 stars Purely Inspirational
In my opinion this book is wonderful, yes it is like many others of its kind, but is by far the best and most up to date version I have found. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Becca
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