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The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2: More of the Best Themes, Trends and Styles in Website Design [Paperback]

Patrick McNeil
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Sept. 19 2010 Web Designer's Idea Book: The Latest Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design
Web Design Inspiration at a Glance

Volume 2 of The Web Designer’s Idea Book includes more than 650 new websites arranged thematically, so you can easily find inspiration for your work. Author Patrick McNeil, creator of the popular web design blog and author of the original bestselling Web Designer’s Idea Book, has cataloged thousands of sites, and showcases the latest and best examples in this book. The web is the most rapidly changing design medium, and this book offers an organized overview of what’s happening right now. Sites are categorized by type, design element, styles and themes, structural styles, and structural elements. This new volume also includes a helpful chapter explaining basic design principles and how they can be applied online.

Whether you’re brainstorming with a coworker or explaining your ideas to a client, this book provides a powerful communication tool you can use to jumpstart your next project.

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About the Author

Patrick McNeil is a web designer and programmer. His blog,, presents trends and problems in web design and provides inspiration for web designers through numerous samples of design styles and trends. His site has become a standard reference for web designers of all skill levels.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2014
By Phat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!!! Dec 15 2012
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Based on real websites and organized by theme, this book is full of amazing examples. I believe I will be referring to it often for inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of inspiration May 3 2012
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This is a great addition to any designer books collection. The pictures and the infos are of great quality and accuracy. I also recommend the first volume too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reference book for Web Designer Nov. 21 2010
By Lyoxx
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Good reference book for Web Designer ; it show you, more than a thousand, web design class by soclor, style, theme, elements and type, to give you some inspirations for making your own !
***You not gonna find any code here, only a preview of web design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSANELY good compilation of styles and inspiration Sept. 2 2010
By TexasAggie - Published on
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First, if you don't have the first one, you're missing out. They fit together perfectly... hopefully the start of a long series!

The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design

Like the first volume, this is full of carefully picked examples of the best in modern web design. It's organized into very clever topics making it the perfect reference book. It's loaded with screenshots, screenshots, and more screenshots... just as before, but all new, and more recent.

In this version, the screenshots are even larger and easier to pick up on detail and text. They've also included "Developer Notes" which I think are pretty insightful and in context.

If you are involved in web design in any way (even if you're hiring other people to do it), this book will be super handy. The two editions are the same size and style... they're intended to be on the bookshelf together. With the two combined, there must be a thousand organized designs to look through. The amount of work that went into collecting such quality work without "filler" junk is astounding.

I'm really impressed... if you can't tell!

On the negative side: I'd personally prefer these came in large hardback coffee-table books. While maybe not as handy, it certainly would be great to have around the agency. Maybe after the 3rd edition, they should release a combined volume!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, pretty skimpy book Jan. 30 2011
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I think this book has a brilliant and potentially terrifically useful idea -- lots of examples of great websites -- but unfortunately the book was mostly useless for me. The main problem is perhaps subjective -- the author seems most interested in the design principles from the 90s -- flipping through the book, about HALF the examples feature a white font with a black (or very dark) background. Those of us with high-converting websites know that most major sites (e-commerce, publishing, major blogs with lots of traffic, social sites, search sites -- basically, most companies that make money) eschew these aesthetics because they convert POORLY. Those kinds of pages might look great in a museum, but they make less money on the web. The author dedicates 5 pages to "ultra-clean" design -- those 5 pages were useful for the kind of information I am looking for. But, if you are making a graphics intensive website that prioritizes very interesting visuals over what many people have learned actually converts and succeeds (clean design, clarity, clear all to action, simplicity, etc.), this book could be 4 stars for you (it wouldn't be a 5 star for anyone, IMO, because it's too short and the analysis is way too skimpy).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where design is going ... Sept. 2 2010
By m burwell - Published on
This the second of two comprehensive, up to date books. Great for the talented wanna-be web designer or already-is web designer but needs inspiration to get to the next level and see patterns in beautiful web design. Organization of this book is beautifully laid out and easy to reference. The author really knows good web design. The pictures are rich with color. Absolutely love the spot varnish on the cover.
Anyone who wants to know where design is going should buy this book. I have ordered several for my friends who are thinking of getting into this field or already are...!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The right idea, implemented poorly Dec 30 2010
By Jason Lee - Published on
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This book has a lot of examples and good information, however, ITS TOO SMALL. The entire purpose of looking at this book it to see the design clearly including every spec. Honestly, I don't see why the author would choose to make this book so small. If I had known I wouldnt have bought it. One can argue that you can use the links provided under the design but that defeats the purpose of buying the book entirely. I bought this book so when im on my couch relaxing i could skim through it to keep my mind fresh with ideas. But I often find myself throwing my face into it so that i can see it better and it doesn't work. It frustrates me and my eyes eventually hurt. On a good note, if you own a magnifying glass you're all set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about Inspiration Nov. 10 2010
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I love this book. From the second it arrived, I've been pouring through the pages again and again. I'm a web design student; thus, I'm always working on multiple sites at a time. Each time I hit a new design phase for a site, I pick up this book and thumb through it. I see new ideas every time I open the book. I tag pages with ideas I might like to implement. My book has little tags hanging out of it all over the place. It's nice that ideas are modern and visual. If you design sites, I can't see how this book wouldn't inspire you.
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