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Web Tricks and Techniques: Layout: Fast Solutions for Hands-On Design Hardcover – June 2, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Web Tricks and Techniques
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (June 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564969029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564969026
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,670,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elisabeth Heinicke is a Web designer and educator. As the owner of Xuxy Grafix, a Boston-based Web design company, she has been designing and developing informational and e-commerce sites for her clients since 1996. Elisabeth teaches in the Internet Systems Management Program at Bentley College and has taught Dreamweaver at the Art Institute of Boston. Additionally, Elisabeth teaches HTML, DHTML, and Dreamweaver at the Interactive Factory in Boston. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Geneva on October 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Finally! Someone who knows what makes a website work, and is willing to tell the rest of us. This book is very aptly titled: "Layout", as opposed to "Linux". It teaches me what to look for in a web site design that is effective in both marketing and aesthetic. It gives me all the options I need to design well with plenty of compelling examples. This is not an advanced programming book. In fact, it starts with very basic things. Like using legible fonts. Like pale colored backgrounds (instead of black backgrounds with red lettering). As a professional artist, I know how I want my images to come across on my website. If my site is poor then I lose business. I don't want to spend thousands for a site that looks poor, nor to learn a new career in order to market my current career. The structuring of the lessons, the online resources listed, the tips and commentary in Layout are all excellent.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tomasz Kita on February 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the book for begginers , it gives you
basic rules about creating webpages , it gives
you scripts that you can find in web without any help.
It has true words and nice photoes but nothing more, if
you're searching something about : how to do nice-looked
webpages , how to organize work by using grid, make good color
combinations , work with typography to find attractive
solutions, you will not find it here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RJ on May 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you read the editorial review, terms like "all experience levels", "latest technologies", and "latest effects" are used or implied throughout. The book, however, covers only what a beginner would have learned in the first month from his/her first HTML/Javascript book.
Only the most minimal explanation is given for anything. Instead, you're constantly told to "take the tutorial at ..."- Note to author: if you write a book, include some content. Readers don't want to pay [$] for a printed list of online tutorials.
In short, there are no 'top design experts' that had any input into this book in 2002 (the pub. date). Maybe frames and nested tables were 'cutting edge' in 1997, but they're old news in 2002, and are far from what design experts would be talking about today.
If you're a beginner looking to get up to speed on a few basic design tricks, there are better, more explanatory books that you can find with a basic search. If you have any experience at all in the field, there will be nothing in here you didn't master long ago.
I had to rate this at 1 star because even if the book was misrepresented against the author's wishes (maybe she didn't mean to have it portrayed as an advanced book), it doesn't even do a good job of explaining the basics (instead referring you online as mentioned above). Sorry to be so harsh, but this book is not worth the high quality stock it's printed on.
Now excuse me- I have to go return this and get something helpful...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thom Roach on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
You'll find plenty of examples of good, clean layouts with tips on creating similar pages. The online tutorials are helpful and leave more room for full-color graphics of actual websites. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. Be sure to check out all the recommended sites for tons of examples. A good book for quick reference to well-though-out designs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Lots of great ideas for layouts. Online tutorials leave more room for full-color graphics. Following the referenced links provides you with a great resource of well-designed, practical layout ideas. A good book to have as a quick reference source for layout possibilities.
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