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The Web Designer's Idea Book, Vol. 2: More of the Best Themes, Trends and Styles in Website Design [Paperback]

Patrick McNeil
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Book Description

September 19, 2010 160061972X 978-1600619724 1
Web Design Inspiration at a Glance

Volume 2 of The Web Designer's Idea Book includes more than 650 new websites arranged thematically, so you can easily find inspiration for your work. Author Patrick McNeil, creator of the popular web design blog and author of the original bestselling Web Designer's Idea Book, has cataloged thousands of sites, and showcases the latest and best examples in this book. The web is the most rapidly changing design medium, and this book offers an organized overview of what's happening right now. Sites are categorized by type, design element, styles and themes, structural styles, and structural elements. This new volume also includes a helpful chapter explaining basic design principles and how they can be applied online. Whether you're brainstorming with a coworker or explaining your ideas to a client, this book provides a powerful communication tool you can use to jump start your next project.

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About the Author

Patrick McNeil is a freelance web designer, developer, author and teacher.  His blog,, presents trends in web design and provides inspiration for designers by organizing the sites thematically.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; 1 edition (September 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061972X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600619724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Patrick McNeil's diverse interests have merged web technology and design, resulting in work that touches everything from high design to hard-core programming. Ultimately, his love for design, inspiration, and sharing knowledge has fueled his passion for running Design Meltdown, where he has cataloged and observed web design trends over the last few years.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INSANELY good compilation of styles and inspiration September 2, 2010
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First, if you don't have the first one, you're missing out. They fit together perfectly... hopefully the start of a long series!

The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design

Like the first volume, this is full of carefully picked examples of the best in modern web design. It's organized into very clever topics making it the perfect reference book. It's loaded with screenshots, screenshots, and more screenshots... just as before, but all new, and more recent.

In this version, the screenshots are even larger and easier to pick up on detail and text. They've also included "Developer Notes" which I think are pretty insightful and in context.

If you are involved in web design in any way (even if you're hiring other people to do it), this book will be super handy. The two editions are the same size and style... they're intended to be on the bookshelf together. With the two combined, there must be a thousand organized designs to look through. The amount of work that went into collecting such quality work without "filler" junk is astounding.

I'm really impressed... if you can't tell!

On the negative side: I'd personally prefer these came in large hardback coffee-table books. While maybe not as handy, it certainly would be great to have around the agency. Maybe after the 3rd edition, they should release a combined volume!
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, pretty skimpy book January 30, 2011
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I think this book has a brilliant and potentially terrifically useful idea -- lots of examples of great websites -- but unfortunately the book was mostly useless for me. The main problem is perhaps subjective -- the author seems most interested in the design principles from the 90s -- flipping through the book, about HALF the examples feature a white font with a black (or very dark) background. Those of us with high-converting websites know that most major sites (e-commerce, publishing, major blogs with lots of traffic, social sites, search sites -- basically, most companies that make money) eschew these aesthetics because they convert POORLY. Those kinds of pages might look great in a museum, but they make less money on the web. The author dedicates 5 pages to "ultra-clean" design -- those 5 pages were useful for the kind of information I am looking for. But, if you are making a graphics intensive website that prioritizes very interesting visuals over what many people have learned actually converts and succeeds (clean design, clarity, clear all to action, simplicity, etc.), this book could be 4 stars for you (it wouldn't be a 5 star for anyone, IMO, because it's too short and the analysis is way too skimpy).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where design is going ... September 2, 2010
This the second of two comprehensive, up to date books. Great for the talented wanna-be web designer or already-is web designer but needs inspiration to get to the next level and see patterns in beautiful web design. Organization of this book is beautifully laid out and easy to reference. The author really knows good web design. The pictures are rich with color. Absolutely love the spot varnish on the cover.
Anyone who wants to know where design is going should buy this book. I have ordered several for my friends who are thinking of getting into this field or already are...!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The right idea, implemented poorly December 30, 2010
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This book has a lot of examples and good information, however, ITS TOO SMALL. The entire purpose of looking at this book it to see the design clearly including every spec. Honestly, I don't see why the author would choose to make this book so small. If I had known I wouldnt have bought it. One can argue that you can use the links provided under the design but that defeats the purpose of buying the book entirely. I bought this book so when im on my couch relaxing i could skim through it to keep my mind fresh with ideas. But I often find myself throwing my face into it so that i can see it better and it doesn't work. It frustrates me and my eyes eventually hurt. On a good note, if you own a magnifying glass you're all set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about Inspiration November 10, 2010
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I love this book. From the second it arrived, I've been pouring through the pages again and again. I'm a web design student; thus, I'm always working on multiple sites at a time. Each time I hit a new design phase for a site, I pick up this book and thumb through it. I see new ideas every time I open the book. I tag pages with ideas I might like to implement. My book has little tags hanging out of it all over the place. It's nice that ideas are modern and visual. If you design sites, I can't see how this book wouldn't inspire you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is not a book you read from cover to cover. Its primary goal isn't to teach you CSS, how to use graphic design software, or how to do web design. It's a reference book as its title implies. There are tidbits of useful advice scattered about from various industry professionals.

The author, however, makes it clear that copying an entire design is tacky and unprofessional. Use this book when you're running low on creative juices. Pick elements you like from multiple designs and mix-and-match to cater to your tastes or for your client.

In an effort to build my references library, I added this to my collection. Looking forward to getting the other series. Good for any front-end developer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Compilation of Design Ideas
I design my WordPress themes in Artisteer 4. This book is one of the foundations I studied to improve the functionality and flow of my websites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Brown Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is an excellent book for inspiring ideas in web design.
Patrick McNeil does a great job on explaining what concepts to keep in mind during your design process and does it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by eric Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
Needed this text for school, it actually turned out to be pretty good and I would recommend for others learning about the topic.
Published 5 months ago by Joshy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to read and be in it
We submitted our website to Patrick and he was kind enough to feature us along side a fantastic selection of websites. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carl Heaton
3.0 out of 5 stars A good coffee table book for web designers and web design studios
There's not much in this book. Actually most of it is based on trends the time it was printed. Good for quick references for brainstorming sessions and meetings but don't expect... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jan Harold Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book of ideas!
A great compilation of modern web designs. Captures recent trends, and showcases elegantly designed sites. The title is spot on, this is a great book for stimulating ideas. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Randall J Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource!
This book is a great resource to help web designers get started on new web projects. I also have Vol. 1 of this book and Vol. 2 was equally as good.
Published 8 months ago by Brian Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book
I love this book. From the second it arrived, I've been pouring through the pages again and again. I'm a web design student; thus, I'm always working on multiple sites at a time.
Published 9 months ago by martin gersbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Ideas
This book is packed with ideas for websites from color schemes, to layouts, to styles, and much more. I would definitely recommend!
Published 11 months ago by WHITNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
It is a great resource that analyse successful websites, it will for sure add to you design! Easy reading, i recommend it!
Published 11 months ago by ewiart
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