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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (20 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156496518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564965189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,992,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 1999
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In contrast to what the title says, this book is not really about navigation. Go websurfing for a few days, looking for nice "designer" sites, and print the images on nice glossy paper together with a paragraph of meaningless commentary only stating the obvious. Then you have book like this. It does look nice though. If you're looking for some inspiration in graphics design then it's a nice book which doesn't cost very much. But it doesn't even touch the basic principles of website navigation. No usefull info in here.
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The key to this book is the introduction. If you miss reading it, you'll miss what the book is doing and be caught up by the really inspirational websites it uses as examples. The introduction explains clearly that it seeks to unshackle the reader from the coloured navigation bar running down the left hand side of most web pages.
Once you understand that simple condition, it's clear to see what the examples are trying to show you: new ways of presenting links. It's a look at how to get from page to page from a creative perspective, not a technical document on the theory of navigation.
Creatively, it's a feast for the eyes. And when you settle down to design a website again, it will have YOU thinking of more creative ways to present the links to your other pages.
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By A Customer on 13 Aug. 1999
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In contrast to what the title says, this book is not really about navigation. The writer went websurfing for a few days, looking for nice "designer" sites. Then printed the images on nice glossy paper together with a paragraph of meaningless commentary only stating the obvious. It does have nice pics though. If you're looking for some inspiration then it's a nice book which doesn't cost very much. But it doesn't even touch the basic principles of website navigation. Don't expect *any* usefull info on that subject.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent choice of featured sites. 14 Dec. 1999
By Stuart Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've looked at many books that just print screen shots of "the best web sites", and IMHO this is the only one worth buying. This is because a) it is really good value for money, and b) a really good editing job has been done so that only some real class web sites are included. Just flipping through the pages you come across so many ideas - Great for website designers. And, I find the very short comments are usually pretty insightful, and draw your attention to the most salient points.
The previous reviewer mentioned that it contains no content about navigation. Well of course not. The title of the book is NOT "Website Navigation", it is "Website Graphics: Navigation" and it is part of a series, the others being "Website Graphics: Typography" and "Website Graphics: Color". But anyway I disagree with the reviewer. You can learn a lot about alternative ways of navigating through websites using this book. Instead of a vertical menu down the left hand side, why not use dials or a street map metaphor. Also there are multiple ways of indicating which page/section the user is in, some of them very creative.
Well done to the editors, you have chosen very good sites. I am currently recommending that my institute's library gets the whole set of three.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The title is wrong. 16 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In contrast to what the title says, this book is not really about navigation. Go websurfing for a few days, looking for nice "designer" sites, and print the images on nice glossy paper together with a paragraph of meaningless commentary only stating the obvious. Then you have book like this. It does look nice though. If you're looking for some inspiration in graphics design then it's a nice book which doesn't cost very much. But it doesn't even touch the basic principles of website navigation. No usefull info in here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is not about navigation. 13 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In contrast to what the title says, this book is not really about navigation. The writer went websurfing for a few days, looking for nice "designer" sites. Then printed the images on nice glossy paper together with a paragraph of meaningless commentary only stating the obvious. It does have nice pics though. If you're looking for some inspiration then it's a nice book which doesn't cost very much. But it doesn't even touch the basic principles of website navigation. Don't expect *any* usefull info on that subject.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pretty pictures, absolutely no substance 12 Feb. 2000
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If you're looking for design inspiration and you don't care one bit about usability, this may just be the book for you -- it's a glossy collection of various web sites that don't use "traditional navigation" schemes. Each glossy picture comes with a 2-3 sentence description of why the authors' included it.
There is absolutely no statistical, or even anecdotal information as to the success of these designs -- success being determined by sales, leads generation, customer satisfaction, etc. The authors *like* the designs and consider them examples of "thinking outside the box".
This is a book about being cool, not a book about effective design -- making it useless to professional designers who are held accountable for the profitability of the web site, not just how it looks.
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