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Sexy Web Design: Creating Interfaces that Work
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2009
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This book promises a lot, but offers very little. The title and description made me assume I would be learning about design theory and when and why to use certain design elements for one project and not another. But instead, the book gives a generalized overview of every step in the design process from initially talking to the client to research and so on. Each section gives you a brief outline of what you should do during that phase of the design process. For more details about a certain topic the author points to another book or blog posting you could read to sharpen your skills. I found this to be very irritating because as soon as the author started to interest me in some depth of insight he would stop and tell me to read something else.

This book is good for what it is, an overview of the web design process. But as far as sexy web design is concerned, this book is nothing but. This book would be great for someone just starting out in the web design field and doesn't know how to go from meeting with the client to completing the site the client had in mind. If you're looking for a book about sexy web design then I'd suggest looking somewhere else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
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This book deserves 3 stars for presenting a clear and straightforward overview of the entire web design process, from initial consultation to deliverables. In fact, the most valuable parts of this book for me were in the beginning and the end, where Stocks discusses how to work with clients on the initial design of the site and then turning the site over to them when it's completed. There are tips in those sections that would be beneficial to a web designer of any level. However, everything in-between, which is the bulk of the book, is a comprehensive but very rudimentary laundry list of the various aspects of site design, without going in to any significant detail. For all intents and purposes, it is a simplified version of another Sitepoint offering, The Principles of Beautiful Web Design. The latter goes in to more detail on each subject covered here, plus more, and is thus the more useful book to have, in my opinion. I can only really recommend this book if you are newly interested in web design and not very technically inclined. If you have any experience with web design at all and/or feel the least bit comfortable diving in with a little bit of HTML and CSS, you can safely pass on this title and go for something a little meatier. The useful bits of this book, plus many more, can be picked up for free from the frequent and (usually) excellent articles posted on Sitepoint's website. Overall, this is a well-written and comprehensive overview of the web design process, but ultimately lacking depth and overall value to most designers.
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