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Design VS Development,
This review is from: Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites (Paperback)
First, I must point out that Web Developers write Internet code (Java, CGI, ASP) and do not usually design the 'look and feel' for a web site. Web Designers, on the other hand, create an over all feel for a site using such things as Photoshop and Illustrator. Having said that, one must wonder why a designer even cares about dumbing down a site in order to prevent said site from being 'flashy'. The Internet is filled with poorly created sites that don't eat bandwidth. But a bad site is a bad site regardless of whether or not it incorporates Flash animation. I was always under the impression that a designer is an artist - one who holds a BFA or a BA in graphic arts. Hence, one would image that creativity is key - leave the 'basic' stuff to the novice or the college student. Let the web developer worry about bandwidth and functionality of the applications. The fact that this book prevents any creative thought to be placed into designing a site makes it one of the worst, and most ridiculous books I have ever read. If you need to stagger creativity and originality, then you should not be in a medium segmented for actual artists - a designer you should not be. For those who believe this book is the best thing since the invention of the wheel; perhaps you should learn a trade. To follow this book means that your work will be flat, boring, ineffective of the market to which you will be targeting and basically just poorly created.