Simple Websites: Organising Content-rich Websites into Simple Structures Paperback – 29 Apr 2005
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About the Author
Stefan Mumaw owns and acts as Senior Creative Director for Big Man Creative, a Laguna Hills, California, graphic design and Web development firm. The design firm specializes in creative design solutions, both for online and offline projects. Stefan also teaches Web design and Macromedia Flash development at his alma mater, Chapman University, in Orange, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
It simply allocates 6 pages to each of 24 example sites, plus 5 pages of overall introduction to the book and its sections. Each site gets around 1000 words of text, 5 or 6 pictures of pages from the site, plus some hand-drawn doodlings of structure - presumably from day one or two of the project before the Grand Plan was handed down from the Creatives to the implementation department. Most of the text is about the designers and their aspirations, rather than their decisions.
The sites are pretty enough, and uncluttered, but most are for web design agencies or photographers rather than "content rich" in the information they present. There is absolutely no technical information about how any of these sites was actually implemented, so if you like any of the examples you'd have to figure out for yourself what techniques to apply to try and emulate them; many of them are implemented in Flash so you can't even View Source.
The book may give you some color scheme ideas, or inspire you to want to make a minimalist site, but I don't think it will help you actually make one. It certainly won't help your site survive viewing via slow modems, old browsers, or small screens - but then, that type of user isn't going to be hiring the agencies who made most of the sites, so they probably weren't in the target audience.
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The twenty-four example sites discussed are corporate but certainly not staid - even those required to be quite serious. The clients range from retail mountaineering equipment to winery to interactive education and even to ad agency; the types of issues, the complexity of information, and necessary ?feel? of the site are therefore quite different. But author Mumaw is taking you back to the *process* with which the sites? designers had to match design and structure to content and mission.
Note that this is NOT a book about *how to* make a design function (i.e., no HTML, DHTML, Flash, etc.), but on how to conceptionalize *what* functions / designs one needs: taking a complex business or organizational message or process and putting an attractive and effective face on it. As a designer, you?ll probably admire some of the results more than others, but I think *almost anyone?s* design savy could benefit by seeing how the experienced artists here tackled some interesting design challenges.
Overall the book is great and worth the $15!
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