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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Smashing Media (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CH11BU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Chou on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
As an avid reader of the online webzine, Smashing Magazine, I wanted to support their cause as I found the information they provided to have always been useful. So as early as I heard that they were having a book to be release last year, I pre-ordered mine in August.

Unfortunately, with delays upon delays, I did not receive the book until a week before Christmas of 2009. A total of 3 month delay. By the time the book arrived, there was definitely excitement to rip the book open to read. However, the production of the book was not great.

The binding is poorly constructed, the book dimensions were small and the text and readability was difficult. Other reviewers said that the book fell apart upon arrival so I read mines real carefully.

You would think as a magazine focused on design, they'd have some sort of standard or QA to make sure the book came out okay in publication. Not the case.

As for the content, its all quality stuff. Great tips, great articles and everything you'd want in a book focused on web design. It doesn't go in depth on any particular technologies or offer any skill building techniques but this isn't a manual.

This book is a great reference to open your ideas. It covers many subjects from considerations in design layout, usage of color, typography, and website optimization for performance and content building. Most articles may have been covered online already but I like the whole collective in a book.

Based on content subject matter, it does its job giving out great tips and references. Based on build quality, it is below average. I give it a 3 star rating overall.

If the book was made larger with better readability as well as color samples, perhaps hardcover, then it would definitely have a higher rating. Here's to hoping another book will be published with much more detailed information!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seus on May 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've visited their web site off and on over the course of my own web design endeavors, and will say that they give a lot of great information. This book, puts a lot of that information in one place. If you're looking for in-depth research and details on any particular topic, you'd be disappointed with purchasing this book. It gives many excellent and easy-to-understand examples and information on a breadth of topics. Thus allowing the reader to dive into more detailed books on said topics on their own. The use of great visuals only aid the reader in better understanding the material and see actual examples of what the authors' are talking about. I would only purchase this book if you have some actual experience with web design/development.

My only negative aspect of the book, as another has said, is the binding. It's as if the inside page margins are too close to the binding, requiring you to open it almost beyond normal, in order to read it. The binding itself seems somewhat cheap, but it still seems to keep the book together.

Nonetheless, don't let this deter you from reading what is really an excellent book on web design.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By strdesign on April 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am very disappointed to buy this book. It is badly organized and most of the content are a copy-paste of old stuff.
Binding of the book is also very badly designed. It is hard to keep the pages open to read.
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By Tomas Dvorak on June 13, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is all i needed to read, content is very well readable and consumable. Full of great advices and techniques.
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