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The Principles of Beautiful Web Design Paperback – 10 Feb 2007

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I was a bit disappointed. I'm not a beginner nor an expert. Some technical books give you something that you get energised about, and want to go try straight away; unfortunately I didn't get anything useful from this book, and only slight inspiration.
On the plus side, it is well written and laid out, has a nice informal air.
For example, this is not for you if you already know about the differences between GIF, JPG and PNG; or if you know a bit about colour wheels and complementary colours; or if you are familiar with web-safe fonts.
Fine for beginners and a little bit after that. Not really for semi-pros onwards.
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I am a novice at creating websites and I have struggled especially with page layout and colour. This book answers so many of the questions I have regarding the theory behind actually constructing pages. Other books just tell you it should be done like this, and give you a picture to look at. Jason's book is different in that he is sharing with you the thought process behind each technique, which helps you to construct great looking pages on your own. He seems to explain how you can master the technique he is describing, rather than just leaving you to master it on your own. Although this book only has 168 pages, it covers everything you need to know about designing a website. This should be the first book you buy if you are looking to understand web design and how to create websites of your own. Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!
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This is a well written book with useful practical advice. Manages to cover the basics but also some cutting edge ideas. It is concise and to the point. My only (minor) criticism is that I felt the chapter on typography was a little short on opinion and practical advice on choosing a schema, the topic of styling different tags is an important one in the overall design of the site and would have benefited from a more considered treatment. Having said that however, I cannot recommend this book highly enough - absolutely first rate.
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Finally! A Design book that gets right into it, without talking down to the reader or smothering them with useless information that they can't apply in real-world designs.

Jason covers all the fundamentals: layout, color, texture, typography and imagery, without assuming one has an art degree. The references to sites for further reading are helpful, as are the plentiful examples throughout.

The author definitely knows what he's talking about, as the website associated with the book is slick & professional, as is the presentation and layout of the book itself.
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This book is the best book I've bought since 5 years ago. It is well written and very practical. It teaches you how to make things beautiful and this is not limited only to websites. It talks about creating a beautiful layout, choosing the right colours, fonts and images. The book goes on talking about giving your site depth, texture and much more. Above all, it's about £10 cheaper than Waterstones ;-)
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I like everything about this book! It's a quick read as it's succinct (even though the tone is relaxed and chatty) and there are lots of images. I agree with the other reviewers, the use of example images to illustrate points is very useful. Highly recommended.
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I have an ever growing library of books on css, html, (web)design and web development but this is definitely one of my favourites, both for its excellent content and for Beaird's warm, friendly tone. I remember having plenty of "light bulb moments" on the first read and get something more out of it each time I dip in (which is freqently).

The first section on layout and composition is superb and has already helped me improve existing designs (and quickened the process of getting them from paper to screen).

As for the section on colour, hands up those of you who skip the boring techy bit about rgb and cmyk? Me too. But not any more.

Of all the web design books on my shelf, this is the one I'd reach for first if the house were collapsing (assuming family, dog and computer were safely out of danger of course!)

p.s. I can't agree with the earlier review by "sharp" (the only lukewarm review I've ever seen for this book) - take a look around the internet, there are far too many "real web designers" that would benefit greatly from reading this book and applying some of the advice!
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This book is great for programmers or developers who've never been officially trained in graphic or UI design. Even if you've just started learning html and CSS or perhaps a bit of photoshop, this book will give you some solid knowledge with which to work your new ideas around.
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