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Designing Web Graphics 2 Paperback – February, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1562057152 ISBN-10: 1562057154 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders Pub; 2 edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562057154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562057152
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,088,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A good design title practices what it preaches, and Designing Web Graphics 2 is on its second round of showing off how elegant web graphics can be. Significantly expanded in its new edition, the book is a superb overview of the web design process, rich with examples and illustrations, and very practical and hands-on when offering advice.

Unlike similar books, it offers software-specific advice on getting tasks completed. Many screen shots from programs like PhotoShop and Fractal Design Painter, and step by step screen shots from both programs and web sites, help Lynda Weinman walk between the theoretical and practical in very compelling fashion.

Weinman plans to update this book annually, which is both a warning and sign of an interesting phenomenon. This is one of the few books for which I've not hesitated to purchase the 2nd edition, and won't feel resentful purchasing a third. The new version adds so much to the original and makes so many improvements, it's keeping the subject alive while at the same time keeping pace with graphics tools that have a lot of new functionality to offer. Word processors have pretty much evolved as much as they can at this point in history, but graphics tools are still making some big leaps and offering some exciting upgrades. Weinman has devoted herself to keeping pace with the change and promises to persist in adding value to each new edition. From the looks of her first revision, she'll keep the promise.

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Weinman is a one-woman graphics factory turning out essential web-design guides. Coloring Web Graphics is a simply beautiful description of browser/platform safe colors. Anyone who has carefully designed a web site only to view what looks like a bizarre parody on a friend's machine will welcome this work. The CD is full of color palettes and clip art. Deconstructing is a total case study approach to understanding web design. This hands-on, backwards look at existing web sites includes examinations of the site code in html, Java, JavaScript, ShockWave, and even PhotoShop that produced the sites. Designing Web Graphics is a total approach to building a successful web site, from advice on buying hardware to animation techniques. Especially clear discussions of graphics formats (e.g., jpegs vs. gifs) and navigational graphics are augmented in this second edition with updated information on frames, interactivity, and more. In early summer, look for Preparing Web Graphics (ISBN 1-56205-686-7. $39.99) and Creative HTML Design (ISBN
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If you want to start somewhere start with this one.
Sam Sagittarius
Since the purchase of this book, I've purchased all other books by Lynda.
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This is a classic must have book for any Web Designer or Graphic Designer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RealDeal on October 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I find that all of Lyndas books are excellent. I have been able to create some wonderful pages on my own by using her examples and following her easy to understand guide lines. There are a lot of Web Design books on the market, and most of them say the same things over and over again. With Lynda's books I know she's telling it like it is in the most easies format possible. Everyone wants to be a star on the internet, and Lynda tells you how to get there the simplest and yet the best creative way possible...Thanks Lynda for be a great source of help and inspiration....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
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This book is very useful, either for beginner or advance user. I find that whatever I think I knew some of it already, yet I still able to find some 'extra' useful tips from it. So, I won't behave as I knew it all because after go thru this book, it reveals quite a lot of things which I 'don't actually know' You had do me proud, Lynda!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
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Lynda Weinman's book taught me a valuable lesson: Look -- and look *carefully* -- before you buy!

Having just read David Siegel's incredible guide "Creating Killer Web Sites", I was extremely disappointed almost from the first page. While reviewers have praised Weinman's book for explaining the nitty-gritty of designing graphics for the web simply and clearly -- and she does this, there's no doubt -- I find it astonishing that people are overlooking the obvious: Her site designs are the pits!

Have a look at her own site at [...] -- it's surely one of the least attractive and professional-looking sites I've ever seen! How can one put our faith in a person-- a "professional", no less-- who cannot even properly design her own site?

No, the web has enough people out there who know "the basics" of writing html and creating graphics for the web, and there are already enough average books which explain just that. What all amateur and many professional web designers need is to understand that it's not enough to simply throw up a site, with no concept of color, layout, and *real* design theory. New web designers need the basics, yes, but more, much more, and Lynda Weinman is not the person to provide it. (David Siegel is.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis M. Owens on April 6, 2000
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I am a full time professional web developer (both visual and web programming) and as far as the visual side goes, this book is a bible. I have never seen a book of such depth on web design. It explains all the web stuff you need to know, and even some nerdy stuff, like how GIF and JPG compression works so you can make images that compress very tightly. I suggest you buy the newest version of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sagittarius on July 13, 2000
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I am not without being in an arm's length distance to this book. It is a reference book for me that I use constantly. I appreciate the author's expertise and conciseness in explanation as well as the visual layout of this book. The series that this author produces has never let me down. If you want to start somewhere start with this one.
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By A Customer on August 5, 1997
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Enough debate over whether to buy Creating Killer Web Sites or Designing Web Graphics. I say both books are a waste of your money and your time. These books and a $1.25 will buy you a cup of coffee, if you're lucky and if you don't go to Starbucks. The heart of the issue for both of these books is the personal design tastes of the authors. Neither Weinman or Siegel has a corner on the design market. Nothing in either of these books hasn't been said dozens of times by dozens of different writers already.

Publishers are getting fat off the fallacy that you must have design books to help you create wonderful Web sites. Heck, they'd love it if we all kept on buying these overpriced and overrated books. Ever wonder why Seigal's book costs $45 and isn't even 300 pages? Ever wonder why Weinman's book costs $55 and is only 325 pages? I'll give you a hint, its not because the books are printed with fancy colors. Magazines print in full color and charge only a few bucks. The real answer is that there's a wonderful profit margin on a book that is marked up 200-300% over what it reasonably should be priced at and if the buying public (me and you) is dumb enough to pay through the nose, the publishers are going to ensure the shelves are full.

Instead of buying in to the fallacy that you need a design book or two or three, I say look elsewhere. I good book that focuses on the core issues of Web publishing as well as design will carry you much further. The book should focus on content, design and execution (which are three ingredients for a great web site). And, NO, you don't have to buy separate books on each of these subjects. Just find one that is comprehensive enough to meet your needs.
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With technology changing so rapidly, now is not the time to overwhelm people with egotistical rantings or attempt to impose your ideas/ways upon the rest of us because you'll be outdated so quickly. It's also sooooo boring!

I need information that works, that's useful, and makes sense. Like many of us on budgets and slim on resources, the requirement is "don't waste my time or money because I won't buy your titles again or recommend you to anyone". Lynda Weinman's book goes the distance in satisfying those requirements.

As a newcomer to all of these things of Web design, typography, etc., I must say Lynda Weinman's book has inspired me with well rounded topics all under one cover. The fact that she admits to not having experience before she wrote the book is a blessing and inspired me even more because her thinking was reminiscent of my own, therefore drawing me in and not disappointing.

For those people who are struggling with how to get started and stay involved, this book goes a long way. I thank Lynda for saving me a lot of time, saving me from a lot of frustration, providing clarity into topics I wouldn't have thought about, really doing a lot of homework on colors and graphics, and providing additional resources for me to continue learning and thinking.

I don't expect to find all the answers in one book because then I leave out one of the greater possibilities; my own creative thought and where it gets interjected into the process as I learn what works. I'm forced to continue using my brain and explore. What a concept in this whiny, do-it-all-for-me-quick-and-easy age of evolution!

Thanx much Lynda because you've also impressed the need to study traditional design, network with others, and look beyond the obvious.
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