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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better SharePoint 2010 books, 5 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)
Given the niche scope of the book, I'm guessing my rationale for purchasing is the same as everyone else's - so I can confirm that if you are looking for ways to make SharePoint 2010 look the way you want, then this book meets that requirement almost perfectly.

It does not tell you how to design things, for this you will need a designer (although it does stress this point when it suggests that before you start developing a website you should do a Photoshop mockup). However it gives clear guidance on how to plan the design and taxonomy process, following on with step-by-step instructions on how to customise the default SharePoint pages to make it look the way you want. The downloadable code includes an example site that makes for an excellent reference point. It also includes little tidbits and snippets of useful information about how to configure the stranger default settings in SharePoint (e.g. mobile site redirection). It isn't a development book and only alludes to coding issues where they are appropriate to UX (e.g. using jQuery in the client object model), but it doesn't claim to be a development book. It's possibly the most comprehensive guide to SharePoint Designer 2010 I've seen to date, which alone makes it worth the price.

My only criticism (which is more my problem than the book's) is that it doesn't explain what the weird and wonderful tags in SharePoint .aspx pages are (although it does tell you which ones should be left alone). However it would be nice to know where else to find that information (as search engines don't yield much). Otherwise it does an excellent job of (in its own words) "telling you how to make SharePoint not look like SharePoint".
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