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Hello Design World: A visual web design guidebook for developers [Print Replica] Kindle Edition
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I have been trying to learn graphic design for a while and not got very far - I have picked up countless books and tutorials, but most of them are either very basic or just go on for endless chapters about how to research ideas and build a storyboard or show the standard colour wheel. None of these have helped me become a better designer.
This book however is very different. It outlines a logical framework with predictable, clear steps to work through to create a design that should work every time. There's no waffling, fluff or filler, and there's really nothing that isn't essential to the design framework he works through. Chapters include the usual design elements you would expect such as colour, typography, layout and composition, whereas other chapters cover research, concept, brand and style. There is a chapter of exercises at the end which are challenging but doable if you've worked through the book.
There are lots of hyperlinks to live websites, many of which are creatively jaw-dropping, although there are also some deliberate examples of websites that don't work so well. In each case the author explains why they work or don't work. All the examples are there to teach a point, not just to look impressive or fill up space. This is where the ebook format really works well as many of the sites demonstrated are full of animation that wouldn't translate as well to a printed page.
There were so many 'A-ha' moments as I read through this. It isn't a huge tome of a book, but that's a good thing - it is focussed on the design elements that will actually work and all about getting you up to speed fast. It's not going to replace 4 years of design college for sure, but it's perfect for people like me who's main goal isn't to be a designer by trade but still need to be competent at it.
I'm so delighted to have found a step-by-step logical framework for creating a design - I always assumed brilliant designers just pulled miracles out of thin air, whereas now I see that it can be done as a predictable process. With this structure and lots of practice I reckon I could come up with a pretty reasonable design, which I wouldn't have said before working through this book.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to everyone in my position - struggling to get to grips with web design and not having a design school background.
There's also some great examples with a breakdown of what makes them great which helped with inspiration. Overall very happy to have this resource as I keep moving ahead in graphic design.