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Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321703538
ISBN-10: 0321703537
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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321703537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321703538
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Holzschuh on July 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was really excited when I picked up this book and flicked through it in the book store. I am always looking to broaden my perspective on design and incorporate techniques to make my work stronger. I knew right away that this book was conceptual and did not have instructions on how to actually incorporate the grids, this was fine with me. However I feel like the entire book is so bloated with repetition and irrelevancy that the small amount of information could have been present as a chapter in a web design book. Even with what the book does have printed it is incredibly short, if you remove the unneeded there would only be a few pages of useful information. I also feel like the font and formatting was obnoxious and difficult to read(I am young and I don't think I have said that before in my life).

Overall I think this book is an overpriced piece of fluff and your money is better spent elsewhere to improve your design aesthetic.
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I'm not a huge fan of Khoi's work, but I do respect his abilities enough to have had my interests piqued when I learned that he'd written a book on what it is he does. The entire point of titles like these is basically to watch how other people like to work so you can compare and contrast the solutions they arrive at against your own, and in that regard, it does not disappoint. Unfortunately, the bulk of the text is a lot of thoroughly irrelevant filler that talks down to its target audience as though they have no idea what designers do or how they do it. The first four chapters in particular are a complete waste of time, and even when you get to the good parts, there's a lot of over-explanation and exposition that doesn't need to be there. If you took out all the fluff, you'd basically have a really long blog post's worth of information, and I'm hard-pressed to justify the fact that I spent this much money on it.

And the font the entire thing is set in is just ridiculous. I know we're all really jazzed about the Tron sequel and all, but was this typographic homage to 80's era futurism really necessary?

Worth a look, but borrow someone else's copy if you can.
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This is a great book that takes you through the design process to construct a fictional website, Designery.us. Unfortunately, you can't go to this site to see how the layout works; a feature that would definitely help the learner. Additionally, I could not find references to sites like [...] where you can overlay a grid system to test your layouts or the 960 Grid System Site (960.gs) to generate CSS. Although not the focus of this book, it would be nice to actually see the code used to construct this site. HTML5 and CSS are sorely missing from this book.

Overall it is a good overview that I enjoyed reading and learned from.
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This brief book is a good introduction to building and using strong typographic grids on the web. It walks you through the process of designing a grid around given design constraints, such as ads and branding. It does not explain how to implement grids in html and css (though a list of resources is provided). It also does not really address the rapidly changing browser environment - large monitors with higher resolution, as well as high- and low-resolution mobile devices.

Read my full review and view a short "flip-through" video on the Web Designers' Review of Books.
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Despite being 192 pages long, you could compress all the good parts of "Ordering Disorder" into maybe 10-15 pages (at most). One can literally see that Mr. Vinh needed to fill up the length quota set by his publisher and so he kept on writing and writing even when he had nothing to say. Furthermore, the book doesn't even touch upon responsive design. (Actually, it "talks" about it for a page or so, but without saying anything useful.)

Verdict: if you have never even heard about the grid principles for web design and happen to have more money than you know what to do with, you may find a few nuggets of useful information. (You'll still get bored to tears with the rest of the book.) if you are looking to deepen your knowledge, your best bet is to look elsewhere.
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I had a lot of expectations from this book when I downloaded it. I' am pleased to say, that most of them were met. It's just that I had very high expectations from this book, it being from Khoi, that's why I 'am giving this book 4 stars.

The part where this book excels most, is in laying out in detail how the 960 Grid system actually works. How it's built (or can be built) and why it's a lifesaver, for web developers like me, who (unfortunately) didn't take Graphic Design as a subject in Uni( Btw at least some level of Graphic Design or Layout design should be a part of every web development course). And that's why Khoi was sent on this planet, so that web devs like me do not wander in darkness when it came to web design.
Great work Khoi.
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