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Web Design For Dummies Paperback – 31 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (31 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471781177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471781172
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone can throw up a Web page, but Web Design for Dummies shows how to organise, illustrate and lay out Web sites that really work. The main themes are planning, colours and graphics, navigation and usability and optimising HTML code. The focus is on professional rather than personal Web sites, and the book is best suited to those who have already mastered basic Web concepts.

Divided into five parts, the book begins by explaining the Web design process, from assembling a team to planning and sketching out a Web site map. Part two is the core of the book, and covers the nitty-gritty of graphic design. Subjects include how to choose fonts, creating balanced layouts that draw the user to the most important elements, and smart use of colours. There is an explanation of bit map versus vector images, image transparency, slicing graphics, and how to use techniques like anti-aliasing and drop shadows. The third part puts the focus on navigation and usability, including a valuable chapter on testing. Part four peeks into the underlying HTML code, explaining how to control positioning and page margins and sets out the pros and cons of frames versus tables. Finally, there are four chapters of tips, on diverse topics ranging from how to add background music, to what to charge for your work. The bundled CD is disappointing, consisting mostly of product demos.

The strength of Web Design for Dummies is its designer's perspective, right down to the author's affection for the Apple Macintosh. This makes it ideal for techies who need to pick up some design expertise, or for print designers looking to move into Web design. The illustrations are clear and well chosen and the book benefits from the friendly, informal style typical of the Dummies series. --Tim Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Build your own eye–popping site design Create a user–friendly site, design great graphics, and make updating easy It can take a flock of folks to build, design, and maintain an out–of–sight Web site. Whether you′re designing a site on your own or are a member of a design team, this updated guide will be your best assistant. Here′s the scoop on planning, producing, choosing colors and fonts, managing content — even understanding a dollop of HTML. Discover how to Assess the audience for your site Create an effective workflow Add sound, video, and animation Test your site for ease of navigation Build graphics that work Use frames, tables, and CSS

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Whilst I normally steer clear of this kind of book, I saw it in a local library and thought I'd have a look, thinking there might at least be a few useful tips. Unfortunately, I was not only disappointed on the tips front, but in the general presentation of this book. Like a previous viewer, I was left rather perplexed as to exactly who the book is aimed at. The blurb suggests it is designed for people planning to build professional, rather than personal websites, and yet the content never quite seems to match up. At once Lopuck suggests that when providing designs for clients you should delegate to members of your team (also dummies, presumably?) so that the designs reflect different interpretations of the requirements, and a few pages later, something as mundane as copying and pasting images will be covered.

The book is so riddled with such strange juxtapositions that it really ends up being of very little use to anyone. Real beginners will be sorely disappointed by many of the chapters, which assume either a background in print design, or that the reader is already a member of a web design team (begging the question, why they should be reading a book purportedly for dummies), or perhaps that the reader already owns software such as Dreamweaver, Fireworks or Photoshop. More experienced readers may find a few useful tips, but I should imagine have already covered the key sections of this book elsewhere, and will only be insulted by the more mundane chapters on the vagaries of web adaptive palettes or font types.
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Very difficult to identify who this book is actually for...a web dummy who wants to start his own web design business is my best shot. Well, if you are such a dummy then I'm afraid a dummy you will remain after reading this book. I found the 'Help' pages in Fireworks and Dreamweaver sufficed; this book added nothing. It will however insult your intelligence.
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Sometimes a Dummies book is just what one needs. If you know nothing about a subject and you need to led step by step so that after a while you can comprehend what the subject is about then go for a dummy. This one taught me that I simply do not have the time to devote to this subject. That is very valuable knowledge.

Alan Lovegreen
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This is a good and very interesting book. It has taught a novice a lot about the Internet and what it can do.
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