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Designing Web Graphics. 4, 4th Edition 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735710795
ISBN-10: 0735710791
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The most influential web design book ever written, completely updated to cover motion graphics, broadband interactive design, and more. Since it was first published in 1995, designing web graphics has been the seminal resource for web designers to learn the basics and then the nuances of solid design for the web. Lynda Weinman has been updating the book to reflect changes in the technologies affecting web design, but dwg.4 has been largely rewritten from the ground up. Included is coverage of motion graphics made possible by the Flash phenomenon, broadband-enabled graphics issues, usability, and more. Lynda is rewriting the book so that all coverage of specific tools is focused on the essential functionality of these programs (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, etc.) and not on version-specific attributes of the software, making the book relevant longer for more users.

About the Author

Lynda Weinman has been teaching computer graphics since 1984. She has worked as a faculty member at Art Center College of Design, UCLA, American Film Institute (AFI), and San Francisco State Multimedia Studies Program. Lynda has written magazine articles for MacWorld, MacUser, MacWeek, Step-by-Step Graphics, and How magazines. She has been a speaker at many industry events, including MacWorld, Seybold, Photoshop World, Thunder Lizard Web and Photoshop conferences, DV Expo, LA DV Show, SIGGRAPH, and Comdex. She has worked as a consultant for Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and many other corporations.

Lynda formed, inc. in 1997 with her husband and illustrator Bruce Heavin. creates training materials for creative professionals in the form of books, CD-ROMs, online tutorials, classes, and events. is the co-founder of FlashForward, a conference for Macromedia Flash developers. Other events, such as After Effects West and the Traveling Road Show, have been produced exclusively by To learn more, check out!


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Product Details

  • Series: <designing web graphics.4> the definitive guide to web design & development
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders Press; 4 edition (January 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735710791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735710795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,772,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tomas Znamenacek on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm quite amazed by the positive reviews, because this is one of the worst web related books I've ever seen. The techniques presented in this book are often outdated and I could not believe my eyes when I saw the book has been published in 2002. Tricks like using the <pre> tag to increase leading apparently did not die in the 90's.
Even worse, it's plagued with errors --- I found about six huge errors (not typos!) on four pages.
Hands off this one.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Dehaan on December 29, 2004
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The author of this book is so arrogant that I found it difficult to follow the true content in this book. Speaking of content, less than 5 of the 30 chapters in this book even mention web graphics in passing (the title of this book is "designing web graphics"). There are numerous errors in the information being provided, not only typos, but flat out false and/or outdated information. Instead of providing useful content, this author has created an outline of additional resources to buy, such as her other books and subscription to her online resource library, her brother's books and services, her husband's books, and any other book put out by the same publishing company. This author states repeatedly that she has no knowledge of scripting, yet dedicates half of this book to her advice on how to code (consisting of I don't know how) and how to get someone to code for you. She first says that tables should be used only for data, not design, then later explains how to design pages with tables. The double talk in this book will make your head spin. Chapters start out with an introduction to the material, then the material is presented in an abbreviated format (similar to an introduction), then comes a brief recap, and finally a summary... giving you four chances to retain what little information there is to find in the chapters. If this book weren't required reading for school, I would promptly return it for a refund.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
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If I didn't damage my book upon receipt, I would have returned it. I'm an intranet developer with very little graphics experience. I purchased this book because of Linda's status in the graphic design world and assumed it would help me add some "umph" to my web designs. Unfortunately, this book didn't expound enough on any one subject to make it worth my effort. The book is good for basic information and can be used for a reference on some design basics. However, it did not provide substantial knowledge for developers with more than 6 months experience. I give it three stars for it being a useful beginner book. I would give it 2 stars if you have any experience at all in web design. Linda Weinman just didn't live up to her billing in my opinion. I'm sure she has the experience and ability. I just wish she would have given us more of that in this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt Howe on October 22, 2003
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I've bought two of Lynda's books and will probably get more because they are very clear and easy to follow. Combining well-written but concise text with screen shots, this book is great for web design newbies (like me!).
The book doesn't attempt to be the web graphics bible. Some of its topics only skim the surface. But there is enough information there to send you off on a fact-finding mission elsewhere. (Ya gotta start somewhere, right? Lynda Weinman gives great introductions to sophisticated web topics.)
Of particular use to me are the chapters on information architecture, browser-safe colors (with a color chart!), and cascading style sheets. My only pet peeve is that books like this always include one or two chapters on frames -- if everyone discourages them so much, why dedicate so much precious space to them??!
"Designing Web Graphics" is a great resource for me. As I've been learning Dreamweaver and planning a redesign of my site, I find myself opening Weinman's book often.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Al Suwaidi on December 29, 2005
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Group 1.
- Do you want to know everything about web graphic design to decide where to dig deeper?
- Are you looking for a colorful reference that contains huge number of websites to help you learn web graphic design?

If so, then this book is for you!

Group 2.
- Are you looking for a book that guides you through steps to perform different tasks in web graphic design?

If yes, then forget about this title!

I will give it 5 stars, because I'm from Group 1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on December 10, 2005
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I had heard of Lynda before and seen her website, but I had not read any of her books before this one.  I was very impressed with the low level detail and lack of too much jargon in this book. It was short and to the point. The book was an easy and quick read due to her design.  The book is good for basic reference information on web design.  It touches on almost everything you encounter when designing websites.  I was able to touch on the important topics and was given the right amount of theory / background necessary to understand the concepts.  I found that chapters on information design architecture, colors, frames and cascading style sheets were very helpful.  Although I already have a book on colors, I though the color charts were a nice touch.  I agree that this book was not created to be the "bible" of web design.  It gives you the basics and points you in the right direction for more fact-finding on your own.  The links to other resources were also very helpful in that respect.

Overall, I think this is an excellent book for the new web designer, no matter which tool you are using to create the web pages.  The broad approach to the design and notes regarding specific browser quirks was invaluable.

Loren Elks

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