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Web Design: Portfolios: Best Portfolios (Icons Series) Turtleback – 30 Sep 2005

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nice for inspiration 11 Oct 2006
By M. F. - Published on
Format: Turtleback
As an amateur photographer, some years back I'd built up a simple site to show my images. It is pretty stale so I wandered the net looking what other photographers were doing. While it is easy to just wander around, it is time consuming for this research aspect.

Looking at the latest web design books at the local bookstore, this one was titled exactly what I had in mind. Fortunately Wiedemann has wandered far and wide to gather this collection. Sitting on the couch, it is easy to thumb through and mark those you may want to see. Clicking on these is like a best-of and the sites are fantastic as far as content and creativity. While not every one will match your preference, there are more than enough that will.

Many of the examples play heavily on Flash programming so it may be a bit much for casual site builders. To me, this book is a nice reference for those who want a site but may not have an idea which direction to pursue. Seeing the layout, this may be beneficial when farming this aspect out. You can say..."I like this feature on this site...can we integrate something like it in ours?" So by picking-chosing various features, one can develop a pretty nice atmosphere for viewers.

You'll easily spend countless hours in fruitless wandering to maybe turn up 2-3 sites in an hour that really grab you. Then try and dig through your history tab frantically hoping to recall one particular site with a feature you liked. This book for the price is a no-brainer...BUY-IT! For me, the overall value in design layout, content, Flash ideas exceeds the price paid in multiples.

The book's production values are first rate too. Well worth $10.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just Wrong 29 Sep 2007
By M. McAllister - Published on
Format: Turtleback Verified Purchase
As someone doing web design, I bought this book to look at other designs, and how they were built. If this is what you're looking for, this book isn't for you.

This book should be a coffee-table book, but is the wrong size and format even for that. All it contains is pictures of websites, and not at a size to to be considered art. Not helpful. If you want to browse websites, only looking at a picture, you can do that on the web just fine.

This book should never have been titled "Web design". It's not web design, it's a vanity site on paper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good, sort of... 25 Aug 2006
By Lindsey J. Boise - Published on
Format: Turtleback
I reviewed another one of these books I bought at the same time as this one and it basically is the same review. The very most of the sites featured were done in Flash, which looks real good and inspires design ideas, but is very uninteresting for a web designer like me. These books should be called "Best Flash Portfolios" it would be more realistic.
2005 Website Development Costs 12 Dec 2014
By DenniSys - Published on
Format: Turtleback
180 pages of beautiful design and innovative functionality. Most useful to me were the costs at the bottom of each page. The costs are in money or hours of devl time, and includes post launch maintenance costs. Re to other posts: Using flash or other tools to display a presentation doesn't matter - the code mechanics translate - if you want to do what they did. I found 100 to 200 hours of development time to be not unrealistic. Dollar amounts ranged from $1000-$50,000 in 2005 dollars.
Lovely resource 26 Aug 2008
By Jerlyn M. Thomas - Published on
Format: Turtleback
I love this book because it inspired me and gave me great ideas for different portfolios.
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