- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (June 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596527527
- ISBN-13: 978-0596527525
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly), and has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.
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Here's why I recommend Learning Web Design to my beginner students:
1) The book is in color. Most (possibly all) of the HTML and CSS reference books my students buy are in black and white. For creative, non-technical folks, this can be a challenge--wading through page after page of black and white text can be mind-numbing. The design of the book uses color to indicate key pieces of code, etc, which is very helpful for beginners.
2) The book doesn't cover everything--and doesn't pretend to. It thoroughly discusses the basics of HTML, CSS, web graphics and the process of creating a web site and introduces some intermediate concepts, but really only covers what 90% of beginners need to know.
3) The writing tone is friendly (I like the Dummies Guides for the same reason), which is great for non-technical users.
4) The exercises that accompany each lesson are good, and are nice jumping off points for students.
5) The discussion of graphics is better than in most books I've seen--it seems that a lot of basic web design references drop the ball in this area, probably because they're trying to cover so much material in the HTML & CSS sections.
I absolutely love this book and I actually feel like I have accomplished a lot just by reading it. I understand a lot about XHTML and CSS and I am ready to take my learning further. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to explore web design, especially if you want to do it correctly! You will not learn any poor techniques in this reading.
Do not pay attention to some of the negative reviews. Obviously you will not be an expert web designer after completing this book. That is not the point. Maybe the words "Learning" and "beginner" mentioned in the title were not specific enough to lead some people to the understanding that this book doesn't feature every single bit of code in existence for a reason! However, it does show readers enough material to confidently build great looking webpages with minimal and simple markup!
Over all, this book is exactly what the title claims to be. A starting point and a great one at that!
This is an excellent book that breaks web design down into some basic components. The author uses clearly understood examples to illustrate points and provides additional information in the side bars that keeps the main content streamlined. The information in the side bars will be helpful when problems arise in the future. There are a lot of references to additional websites that provide free tools and in-depth content so you don't have to buy expensive software if you don't want. It is easy to go back and find things and the examples are practical and effective. She obviously has great depth of knowledge, but keeps it simple and explains the content thoroughly.