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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
I was really excited when I picked up this book and flicked through it in the book store. I am always looking to broaden my perspective on design and incorporate techniques to make my work stronger. I knew right away that this book was conceptual and did not have instructions on how to actually incorporate the grids, this was fine with me. However I feel like the entire book is so bloated with repetition and irrelevancy that the small amount of information could have been present as a chapter in a web design book. Even with what the book does have printed it is incredibly short, if you remove the unneeded there would only be a few pages of useful information. I also feel like the font and formatting was obnoxious and difficult to read(I am young and I don't think I have said that before in my life).

Overall I think this book is an overpriced piece of fluff and your money is better spent elsewhere to improve your design aesthetic.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 12, 2010
I'm not a huge fan of Khoi's work, but I do respect his abilities enough to have had my interests piqued when I learned that he'd written a book on what it is he does. The entire point of titles like these is basically to watch how other people like to work so you can compare and contrast the solutions they arrive at against your own, and in that regard, it does not disappoint. Unfortunately, the bulk of the text is a lot of thoroughly irrelevant filler that talks down to its target audience as though they have no idea what designers do or how they do it. The first four chapters in particular are a complete waste of time, and even when you get to the good parts, there's a lot of over-explanation and exposition that doesn't need to be there. If you took out all the fluff, you'd basically have a really long blog post's worth of information, and I'm hard-pressed to justify the fact that I spent this much money on it.

And the font the entire thing is set in is just ridiculous. I know we're all really jazzed about the Tron sequel and all, but was this typographic homage to 80's era futurism really necessary?

Worth a look, but borrow someone else's copy if you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
This is a great book that takes you through the design process to construct a fictional website, Designery.us. Unfortunately, you can't go to this site to see how the layout works; a feature that would definitely help the learner. Additionally, I could not find references to sites like [...] where you can overlay a grid system to test your layouts or the 960 Grid System Site (960.gs) to generate CSS. Although not the focus of this book, it would be nice to actually see the code used to construct this site. HTML5 and CSS are sorely missing from this book.

Overall it is a good overview that I enjoyed reading and learned from.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
I had a lot of expectations from this book when I downloaded it. I' am pleased to say, that most of them were met. It's just that I had very high expectations from this book, it being from Khoi, that's why I 'am giving this book 4 stars.

The part where this book excels most, is in laying out in detail how the 960 Grid system actually works. How it's built (or can be built) and why it's a lifesaver, for web developers like me, who (unfortunately) didn't take Graphic Design as a subject in Uni( Btw at least some level of Graphic Design or Layout design should be a part of every web development course). And that's why Khoi was sent on this planet, so that web devs like me do not wander in darkness when it came to web design.
Great work Khoi.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
This brief book is a good introduction to building and using strong typographic grids on the web. It walks you through the process of designing a grid around given design constraints, such as ads and branding. It does not explain how to implement grids in html and css (though a list of resources is provided). It also does not really address the rapidly changing browser environment - large monitors with higher resolution, as well as high- and low-resolution mobile devices.

Read my full review and view a short "flip-through" video on the Web Designers' Review of Books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
This book can be a gem for getting an overall feel of design when considering print or web design. Brings me back to my years in design school training that I had at college.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
I pre-ordered this book for my fiance, and ended up reading it before she did! I actually got through the entire book in one afternoon. That's not to say its a short book, but rather I found it higly engaging. I've been designing websites for 5 years now, and this book made me realize I've been improperly using grids the entire time. Not only does this book explain how to properly use a vertical & baseline grid, but it also reinforces the point that design is about solving problems. In my experience, a lot of designers just want to jump into design without first considering the problems that they will be creating solutions for, and Khoi's book helps explain why and provides a few examples of how you can do this. I like to understand what has happened in the past and how it affects where we are today, and the first parts of this book was a joy to read and provided me a better understanding of the history of the grid.

Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
I'm almost through reading through Khoi's book, and I've enjoyed it a lot. As a long-time designer and developer, I found it refreshingly thoughtful, and at the same time well focused. It seems that most designers these days are under pressure and just want fast answers. Khoi's book reminded me of my school days many, many years ago before the internet was around. I learned from Bauhaus-trained teachers, who approached problem-solving from a thoughtful and slightly detached perspective, that required some patience. Because of this I learned valuable lessons from each problem I faced, which I could apply to any problem. Khoi's approach has the same value. It seems like a simple book. But then again making something simple and easy-to-understand takes a lot of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2013
Just what I was looking for!!! a crystal clear explanation of how grid works in the web design! I recommend it 100%!!!!!
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on January 14, 2015
Despite being 192 pages long, you could compress all the good parts of "Ordering Disorder" into maybe 10-15 pages (at most). One can literally see that Mr. Vinh needed to fill up the length quota set by his publisher and so he kept on writing and writing even when he had nothing to say. Furthermore, the book doesn't even touch upon responsive design. (Actually, it "talks" about it for a page or so, but without saying anything useful.)

Verdict: if you have never even heard about the grid principles for web design and happen to have more money than you know what to do with, you may find a few nuggets of useful information. (You'll still get bored to tears with the rest of the book.) if you are looking to deepen your knowledge, your best bet is to look elsewhere.
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