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on 15 March 2000
I feel this book largely lives up to its title of 'the complete guide'. It covers most aspects of web design very well. Perhaps one could mention two weaknesses: firstly the occasional misuse of grammar and the abundance of typographical errors (can't you tell I'm a copy editor!); and secondly the incomplete coverage of publicising a site through search engines and other methods (an issue of great importance these days as the web continues to grow at such a phenomenal rate). Obviously in a field so large as this there is some overlap with other books one may have read, but I would say on the whole this one is an excellent place to start.
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on 5 January 1999
After perusing and reading a multitude of books covering the various aspects of web design, I can confidently argue that this book presents the best overview of web design theory and practice. Molly Holzchlag synthesizes web technologies and basic publishing theory.
The book is an excellent place to start learning about web design. After reading this book, the next step would be to buy one book covering HTML 4.0 in depth, one covering JavaScript, one covering Cascading Style Sheets, and so on. The book provides a strong foundation, unlike any other book I've read on web design. No book can cover all the design material exhaustively, although they often claim to. Molly Holzschlag's Web Design: the Complete Guide, fills the holistic gap in the published literature, in an easy to follow way.
This book is a great textbook for web design, if you are a novice or possess extensive experience. For the beginner, the book covers all the web technologies and organizes and structures them based on basic publishing theory. For the advanced user, the book keys into details that are often overlooked, yet make a difference in terms of web design quality.
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on 29 June 1998
Ok, I admit, I bought the book because of the cover, but afterwards I was glad I did.
Web by Design is different from most of the (generally substandard) books available. It doesn't teach you HTML, CGI, Java, JavaScript, or the latest stupid tricks and gimmicks. Instead, it focusses on the fundamentals of EFFECTIVE DEISGN.
It contains a whopping 901 pages filled with quality advice from a professional web designer. You learn how to use graphics effectively, the principals of layout, the science of typography, how color and shape can be used, how to write and structure content, and much, much more. The well-written Web by Design also comes with a 32 page full-color insert on the 216 Web-safe colors and color combinations, as well as reviews, quizes, and its very own website.
Overall, Web By Design is a fabulous book that is perfect for those who have at least some HTML background, as well as experts in graphic design, advertising, and printing who wish to expand their skills into web design.
It's not subtitled "The Complete Guide" without reason.
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on 6 February 2000
I bought this book because it was so well reviewed by other readers, and have to say I was disappointed. There was little there that wasn't fairly obvious, and while it contained examples of good design, nothing pushed the envelope. I would say it's really written for graphic designers with little or no experience of web coding, whereas what I was looking for was a book that concentrated on graphic design, for people with experience of building web sites. Far too much space was taken up with full code listings of example sites - a good way of turning a 150 page book into one with 900 odd pages, and charging more for it.
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on 5 September 2000
This book has very little solid content for such a large volume. My high expectations were rapidly replaced with disappointment at the lack of concise information it contained. Only after the first 300 pages did the general conversational tone and common sense advice (often painfully obvious) become replaced by instructions on actually creating a website. This book would probably be most appropriate for younger readers who had not thought very hard about why they wanted to create a website or what they wanted it to do. A reference book would however be an essential accompaniment.
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on 8 April 1998
I'm a grafik designer myself and I enjoyed reading this book. I hope a lot of web designers will read it, so there'll be more attractive websites. You should have this book! It's cool! Luvly greetz to Molly...
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