This review is from: Distinctive Design: A Practical Guide to a Useful, Beautiful Web (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)The is a reasonable introduction to web design, covering layout and user interaction very well.
However, the book is packed full of vague waffle when it comes to more technical considerations:
"Although structural languages such as HTML may not seem to be involved in your site's distinctiveness, their role is is more central to the process than most people realise... You may discover that in certain circumstances, the code makes all the difference."
I'm not sure what means. There are too many general statements like 'Research has shown that mobile browsing is on the rise.'
The book was published in 2011, but the text feels older. There are multiple references to IE6 styling issues, nut no discussion about degrading or dropping support. There's advice about font embedding or replacing, which pretty much writes off embedding for legal reasons ('so don't rule it out entirely'), even though useful services like Font Squirrel and Google Web Fonts have been available for some time.
Overall, it's worth a read for beginners approaching UX design for the first time, but front-end developers can find much more useful information elsewhere.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2012 08:50:03 BDT
As this seems to be a book about the visual design element of a website, I think it is okay to only touch on the technical bits superficially. Sure, it's all related, but there are other books that cover those things.
Also, if you say 'front-end developers can find much more useful information elsewhere', it would have been helpful if you had given examples of where they can find more useful information. This way, it's just as vague as saying 'research has shown'.
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