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Mapping Web sites Paperback – 23 Feb 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision (23 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2880464641
  • ISBN-13: 978-2880464646
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 22.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,431,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a really glossy book. As I opened the...packaging to reveal the ultra modern abstract cover I couldn't wait to get into the content. I wasn't disappointed by the glossy cover - even more glossy and eye catching images awaited me inside.
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD. The book asks the question "Why do we want to map web sites?, However we never really get a clear answer to this question. There are fantastic mapping examples, but does anyone (users or designers) benefit from architectural visualisation, or would index structuring serve us better? After all, the reason traditional maps exist is that there are physical limitations placed on us when navigating geographic space. Whereas when using electronic mediums we have no such limitations.
The book fails to address this key issue; Not HOW we should represent sites graphically, but IF we should do so. And if that technique is appropriate under what circumstances and finally in what manner.
Overall I recommend the book as it has some outstanding examples of the genre and, like it or not, clients love this type of glitzy presentation. So if you are going to be inspired then be inspired by the best.
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This book is a nice coffee table book for clients to flick through while in reception, and it certainly has some very cool pictures and diagrams for graphic designers to look at, but the text is pretty much just filler. If you are looking for how to clearly map websites pick up a book on Information Architecture instead. Also the use of isometric projection for sitemaps is extremely questionable.
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The product provides a great assortment of examples and explanations about site mapping more than I thought it would. Its given me a lot of inspiration and ideas. The only thing I would say is it lacks some of the more finer detail but overall very pleased with this book.
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By A Customer on 12 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
this glossy book is intelligent, illuminating and filled with the sort of examples that web designers want to hear about.
it deals with the theory behind mapping, the use of mapping in project planning, case studies of web site maps (e.g. 7 generations of the macromedia site map) and data driven site maps.
it's nicely presented in easy to digest bite-sized chunks, so leave it in the toilet and everyone in the office can benefit.
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HASH(0x8f477314) out of 5 stars A book for "seeing" rather than "reading" 21 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a book that can give you insight on how to structure and organize a web site, or any other screen based application for that matter (wireless, desktop, etc.), keep looking because this is not it.
If you already have a good idea of how you want to organize your website and want to take it to the next level, you need a map that can sequence and structure your ideas in a visual format. Its is one of the best ways to gain insight into the overall user experience, help you optimize your architecture and share it with others (no web skills necessary).
This book is a great tool when it comes to looking at examples that illustrate the best mapping alternative for your particular project. As with all maps, the detailed visual examples are a great way to convey the essence of mapping (yes, it is an art).
I've used the information in this book to build maps that help design efficient sites from scratch and optimize the user experience of highly complex mega-portals.
The only thing missing? A section on software applications that will help you to design maps - I use freehand and illustrator which elevate mapping to art form (great for creating an impact in important pitches). A CD with design clipart would also be a useful resource (symbols, icons, pages, etc.).
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f47777c) out of 5 stars a coffee-table book? 26 Sept. 2001
By Mengo - Published on
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When I first opened the cover of this book, I was surprised to find that the pages were full-color and glossy. The majority of the text was white on a black background. Screen shots abounded. I was overwhelmed!
I read the book because it was an assigned textbook for a graduate class I took on Information Architecture. The book did get me thinking about site maps and their usefulness or lack thereof. By the time I finished the book, I was less overwhelmed by the artsy style and better able to see the value in the material.
The book offers multiple case studies and examples of site maps, however many of the site maps do not exist on the web sites today.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f477728) out of 5 stars looks better than it is 11 Feb. 2003
By O. Willans - Published on
Format: Paperback
another title aimed at information architects/web designers that doesn't really do the business. it's got some good pictures, but there isn't a great deal of rewarding stuff there.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f477ac4) out of 5 stars Essential by elimination 16 April 2002
By C. Bijalba - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for any designer's shelf. It offers an intelligent and rational itemization of the ins and outs of website creation. But what is the point of it?
A precise title would have been "Maps of Websites" as it doesn't offer much in terms of step by step instructions on how to do what the authors point out is "good."
So, it comes the closest out of any web-design manual/showcase to a lucid vision of proper web architecture. . .
all of these ideas, however, are thoroughly covered in organizational and planning manuals.
0 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f47774c) out of 5 stars Learn degital media with fun ! 5 July 2001
By Sohel Rana - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is not only for beginners but also for other levels. I think you will not feel relax, until you finish reading this book.
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