Web Design For Dummies Paperback – Mar 27 2006
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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.
From the Back Cover
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
Top Customer Reviews
There's plenty of information to help you decide the look and feel of your site. Whether it's a kids site, club site or a small business site. There are sound suggestions and notes on what to watch out for and a list of things NOT to do if you want great pages.
My son was 10 when he wanted to put up his own site. He's 14 now with at least a dozen sites and this book is on his reference shelf. I can't even get it back from him! Along with the QR HTML 4.1 for Dummies - he's doing amazing sites!
I think that if you need some help with how to make attractive and well designed pages that make visitors come back again and again...this book will help you out - hands down!
But what I like best about it is that overall it helps break down the *process* of designing web sites. That way, you can see how the pros construct great sites, using a realistic workflow. It helps you focus on designing sites one piece at a time, which is quite empowering.
Whether you are simply browsing for ideas or you are working through a chapter in depth, this book will not disappoint!
What I found most insightful was the way Lisa covers the entire web design workflow- showing you the entire creative process, even user testing.
This book is a must read for any designer! Thanks Lisa
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