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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Books Available On The Web Design Process
Brian clearly put a lot of thought and careful consideration into the structure, content and flow of the book. It's well done. I've been building websites for 4 or 5 years now and this is the first book I've found that does a good job of walking the reader through the entire thought process of planning and creating a structured strategy for designing websites. If you're...
Published on April 28, 2011 by Steffan Antonas

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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK - Do not pay $99 - search the web $19 elsewhere
AWESOME BOOK - Do not pay $99 - search the web $19 elsewhere

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This book was well written and has a lot of great information in it. I would hate to see someone get ripped off.
I found the book for a fair fraction of the price. There is also a cool app you can download for your IPAD.
Published on December 26, 2011 by kemartin


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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Books Available On The Web Design Process, April 28, 2011
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This review is from: Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design (Paperback)
Brian clearly put a lot of thought and careful consideration into the structure, content and flow of the book. It's well done. I've been building websites for 4 or 5 years now and this is the first book I've found that does a good job of walking the reader through the entire thought process of planning and creating a structured strategy for designing websites. If you're sold on the idea that smart thinking and great design thrive on a methodical approach, this book will delight you. That said, it's not a how-to book on building code or using tools like Photoshop, so if you're just getting into web design and you're itching to learn specific skills for building stuff, you'll probably want to hold off on buying this for now and come back to it later when you're ready to start doing professional projects. Just do so knowing that, when you do eventually come back and read it, you'll probably kick yourself for not having read this one upfront ;-).

For those of you interested in buying the book, here's a quick list of pros and cons:

PROS (many):

- There's zero fluff-factor. Brian did a solid job of explaining things simply and succinctly and moving on. Every page gets straight to the point. You'll get through it quickly without feeling like you wasted any time.

- It's easy on the eyes. There are plenty of visuals to support the content. If you surf though CSS galleries a lot looking for inspiration for your projects, you'll also get a lot of value just from flipping through the pages.

- It's an ideal start for aspiring design professionals because it provides a comprehensive, horizontal look at the design process end to end. If your goal is to learn how to manage big design projects, the book helps you develop an essential vocabulary and a broad awareness of things you need to consider (and why you do) before you get started.

CONS (few):

- The information in some sections is a little "light". At 255 pages, that's not really a knock. There's plenty of great info to chew on. The book was clearly designed for breadth, rather than depth, which is why it succeeds in giving the reader a complete and broad awareness of the design process. Depth needed to be sacrificed in order to cover everything. Entire books have been written on each topic covered in this book (like SEO, typography, usability etc). The good news is that being aware of why these are critical steps in the process will aid you in your search for deeper dives into how this stuff is done.

- No suggestions for further reading. Recognizing that this book was designed for breadth, it would have been useful to have had a short list of suggested resources in each section to guide the reader to deep dives. Including a vetted list of "further reading" would have been great. This isn't a make or break by any means, it's just a nice to have.

Overall a great book that you'll probably want to keep in your collection.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Web Design Demystified, March 28, 2011
This review is from: Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design (Paperback)
"Above the Fold" provides everything that you need to build a strong foundation for a successful web site. The book is broken into 3 sections that talk specifically about design, planning and marketing issues associated with web site design. From reviewing the basic principles of design from a web perspective to prototyping and search engine optimization, author Brian Miller does an excellent job of explaining the specifics of the medium without getting bogged down in markup languages. As a predominantly print-based graphic designer, "Above the Fold" gave me the knowledge and tools to design just as successfully and comfortably for the web.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, relevant and current. Definitely a keeper!, June 16, 2011
This review is from: Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design (Paperback)
The best introductory book for print designers currently making the leap to web from a type design standpoint. It clearly explains every facet you need to know without complex jargon & assumptions, but with current examples that are relevant. Recommended and a keeper.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide, March 10, 2011
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This review is from: Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design (Paperback)
Above the Fold provides you with the fundamentals required for a successful digital
experience. Anyone who is looking to promote themselves or business using
digital media marketing tools should own a copy of this book. As Brian
Miller thoroughly demonstrates, principals of design very much apply to each
of your digital properties. Providing customers with a good user
experience is paramount to keeping them engaged and coming back. Thank
you, Brian for an extremely comprehensive guide of an ever changing
landscape. While technology will continue to change, principals of
effective design do not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Asset, May 13, 2011
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Read part of this book in a bookstore and immediately knew I had to purchase for our company. This book is great since it's not only theory but shows many great real world examples in action. Something not all web design books do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a Web or Interactive Design Classroom!!!, June 29, 2013
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Above the Fold is a great book for understanding the Web design process and an awesome text book for a college classroom. If you are professor that teaches web or interactive design this book is a must requirement. I have my students read every chapter and I truly feel that their outlook on web design has benefited greatly.

The book does a great job of balancing written content and visuals to create a very accessible but still intelligent resource. It is so refreshing to have a book that address "design" and not just code, but stills talks to technology restriction and design constraints.

Brian has done a great job with this book and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning about Web design. It is a great value at a very affordable price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great brolk, recommend for starters in web design, June 6, 2013
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book offers great figures/pictures so whoever is reading can following along on what he is saying. great writing not advanced coding but for starters it works great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to understand, May 5, 2013
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I am using this as one of the course books for my Web Design class. It will help students gain an overall understanding about designing for the web.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for budding Devs., April 20, 2013
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If you're intot he web and building sites then this, IMHO, is a must read. Brian Miller took his time and laid out the fundamentals of web development and design ehre in a concise and accessible manner. you don' need a lot of technical acumen or programming prowess to get what he's writing about and you'll come away with a much greater understanding of the how's and why's of dev/design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend, September 18, 2012
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This book offers a comprehensive overview of web design basics. I would highly recommend to anyone starting - or continuing - to work in the field. I found it very useful while teaching an introductory level course as well. It gives a well-rounded picture of the web process, detailing both the design and usability aspects.
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Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design
Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design by Brian Miller Ed.D (Paperback - March 11, 2011)
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