The Principles of Beautiful Web Design Paperback – 10 Feb 2007
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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives some good advice, but be aware it's quite old and so the examples are quite dated. Also it is not very technical.Published 18 months ago by Jerome Pratt
I am not a great web site developer, let alone developer, but I found this book lacking and did not give me anything of great significance. Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by N. Westmoreland
This is a good book for newbies or for practitioners who have gravitated to web design without formal training in the basics. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2012 by AJR
Saw some mixed reviews before buying this, so wasn't sure how impressed I'd be. But as someone who is comfortable with CSS and HTML, but never had to give too much thought to the... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2010 by gedge
Awesome book - provides a blueprint for planning graphic design for web sites. If you don't have a graphic design background - then this book is a mustPublished on 19 Aug. 2010 by Ben L
This is a very lightweight book on designing for the web. It is easy to be bamboozled by the pretty pictures and great looking websites that are featured in the book, but the... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2008 by WebSanity
The only beautiful thing about this book is the front cover.
It's slim (168 pages) and grossly overpriced.
The writing is chaotic and disorganized. Read more
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