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The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design (Web Designer's Idea Book: The Latest Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design) Paperback – October 6, 2008


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  • Series: Web Designer's Idea Book: The Latest Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610646
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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

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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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Nice colorful illustrations!
Cindy Bell
Wow, after typing that last sentence I just removed the a star from the rating (I had given this book 3 stars).
Water Monkey
As a reference book, this is a must have for any web designer looking for some inspiration.
TexasAggie

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jason Beaird on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a web design author, I often get asked what books I recommend. This of course depends on who is asking and what they want to learn, but one book I often pass along is Curt Cloninger's original* Fresh Styles for Web Designers: Eye Candy from the Underground from 2001. The specific design examples are quite outdated now, but to me, that book was a pivotal source of inspiration at a time when everything online seemed to be either boringly corporate or awkwardly amateur. Cloninger helped me to see the web differently; I learned to creatively tag design trends and techniques so that I could mentally catalog them for my own use.

This process of mentally classifying design inspiration has become a critical part of my growth as a designer as well as my ability to explain web design to the non-designer. In The Web Designer's Idea Book, Patrick McNeil takes the task of cataloging current trends and styles to a meticulous new level. Within the book's 256 pages, McNeil has sorted over 700 screenshots of stellar site design by color, design style, type, theme, element and structure. Within these 6 chapters, he has defined a total of 75 individual design categories. Some examples of these categories include: Blogs, E-Commerce, Minimalist, Wood, Pink & Blue, Muted, Rays, Gradients, Tabs and Massive Footers. Then, within each of these seemingly exclusive categories there are a few paragraphs explaining when, how, and why it should be used along with an average of 8 or 9 example screenshots.

Obviously, reading this book will not teach you to be a great website designer.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TexasAggie on November 6, 2008
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This book has a huge selection of design style examples, all organized in a very intelligent way. The print quality is very good. As a reference book, this is a must have for any web designer looking for some inspiration.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Branson on October 27, 2008
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This book does just one thing, it showcases beautifully made websites and the author does this extremely well. The Web Designer's Idea Book is a must have for any web designer/graphic designer out there to have real world examples of good design on hand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Martin on February 28, 2009
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This book is pretty much what you think it is, about 200 pages of site thumbnails. Interspersed throughout are write-ups on the category that is being presented and a little intro by the author.

The actual sites themselves are pretty good. I wasn't blown away by them, but was impressed and inspired. I keep a folder of bookmarks of sites that I think look good, categorized by "theme". This is a nice little handheld thing to quickly scan through to get some quick ideas or some quick inspiration.

I do wish some of the thumbnails would have been bigger, the pages a little larger, or the book itself a little taller. Some of the pages are stuffed with thumbnails and it can be a little difficult to discern what that header really looks like, or what that button really says.

Also, some of the themes could have used a couple more sites. Some categories like blogs are literally 2 pages. If you're gonna have a whole category I'm sure you can find a few more pages of nice sites to fill.

With all that being said this is a good book for 15 bucks. Especially if you are a web designer of any sort, this is a great resource to just have and flip through right before a new project.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Wakefield on September 30, 2009
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Organizing the book according to website color, theme and design style results in a book lacking in basic design principles ( for an idea of how the topic should be treated see "Web Style Guide, 3rd Edition" by Patrick J Lynch & Sarah Horton).

Concentration on arcane design elements (the graphic device of a folded over page - to simulate a page page) trivializes the process of design without conveying the "gestalt". Furthermore, relying on numerous examples of web sites (many now outdated, out of fashion or extinct) gives an instantly dated feel to the book.

The key ideas in web design should include: clarity, ease of use and navigation - essentially functionality. This book is a homage to self indulgent website eye-candy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ashley09 on December 27, 2009
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I got this book about a month ago. It doesn't take long to read through it all. Overall I thought it was just ok. Sometimes the photos were a little small and you couldn't really see all the detail but there are also some cool website examples here. I think it could be sort of useful in terms of creative layouts but I didn't feel that all the examples were very good. Some of them I just thought were kind of ugly. I know it is just an idea book and I do think that it does present some good ideas and a wide range of styles, just not very elaborately. Overall it's an ok book and I think I'll keep it in my library as it could be somewhat useful if you are needing a little inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reich on March 21, 2013
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If you are looking for a book with a zillion thumbnails of websites of mostly designers and artists, here you go. Note that I said OF---so that means if you want to find ideas for your law firm or manufacturing business, forget it. These are mostly sites about web design. I don't think your medical practice will want cartoons or futuristic art on the homepage.

Further, most of the sites have dark backgrounds and light type---while quite dramatic on a homepage, it runs contrary to popular wisdom to have informational sites styled that way.

I felt the book, and Vol 2 a waste of money. But, if I had a waiting room, both would make decent browse books.
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