- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119992982
- ISBN-13: 978-1119992981
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,329,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A solid in-depth guide to the world of UX design, exploring design theory, psychology and more - Six Revisions get your site noticed with this title Web Designer
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Standing out from the crowd
Producing website designs that stand out and get noticed is oneof the web designer’s greatest challenges. DistinctiveDesign examines the bond between code, content, and visuals toguide you through the factors that increase your design’svisibility, usability, and beauty.
Award-winning web designer Alexander Dawson guides you throughthe principles that underpin beautiful, user-friendly design, withhelpful hints and tricks to maximize a site’s visualperformance.
Inside, you will learn:
- What makes a web design distinctive
- How to design for different devices
- How to make your content distinctive
- How design affects emotions and influences behavior
- How to design outstanding user interfaces
- How to promote user interaction
- How to ensure your site is accessible to all users
- How design is related to usability
- How to optimize your site for searches
From the fonts and colors you choose to the amount of whitespace you provide, the ultimate goal of any website is toeffectively display your services and content. By exploring thepower of influential design, Distinctive Design will showyou how to strengthen your message.
Alexander Dawson is an award-winning web professional and writerwith more than 10 years of industry experience. Dawson spends hisdays running his web consultancy firm, writing professionally aboutweb design, and giving his free time to assist others in thefield.
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The book is simply overwritten for the concepts that it attempts to demystify. Although the concepts explored in the book are simple to understand, the way in which they are explained is far from it. Reading this book is like reading a book on Physics written by a tenured professor. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is just cutting their teeth in the field of web design and usability or perhaps even for intermediate designers.
The book would be far better if written on a level that even the entry-level and intermediate designer can understand. No one wants to read a book that you have to have a companion dictionary to read and understand. Books are easier to digest and retain knowledge from when then are written in simple, old-fashioned English. Period.
I was hoping this would be a good accompaniment to other books I have purchased for the purpose of teaching myself better practices in web design, but it seems to be just a nice cover with a clever title. If your purposes are similar to mine, you'll probably find more use in "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug (which it's obvious he has read and is citing) and "Thinking With Type" by Ellen Lupton (while this is strictly about typography and predominately print, it goes into much more detail about the history and theories, and has an entire section about the grid that uses web examples). Both of those titles use real-world examples and point you towards other reading they have found useful.
I think maybe if he took Steve Krug's advice and removed half of the content, and then removed half of what was left over, this might be a more worthwhile read, rather than an annoying and kind of insulting read.
Instead, "Distinctive Design" is not very distinctive as a book. It is chock full of the obvious and the mundane - stuff any designer could learn (if they don't already know this stuff) with a few hours of surfing the web and finding sites that work really well on the user side and making note of why. This book comes off like it wants to be for intermediate to advanced users, but really, it is for the novice looking for the obvious.
A Guide to my Book Rating System:
1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.