- Series: Five Simple Steps
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Mark Boulton Design Ltd; 1st edition (April 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956174019
- ISBN-13: 978-0956174017
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web (Five Simple Steps) Paperback – April 14, 2009
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If by "practical guide" you understand that this guide will help you to build you website, you'll probably be disappointed (and other book are more into that). But if you want understand what a web designer does, because you consider becoming one, or because you have to work with web designers, it's a good introduction.
It takes a look back at the roots of graphic design and shows us why we shouldn't throw all that knowledge away, even though "the web is not print". Mark Boulton has a background from art- and design school, which he uses to explain the academics of typography, layout, colour theory and grids. For each theory he shows when and how this applies to the web, and even when to be crazy and break the rules to make it even better. Just make sure you learn the rules before you break them.
I really like this read since I'm already comfortable with the ins and outs of the typical front-end coding and web standards, but I have literately no education on the graphic design/art side of web design. I've leafed through a lot of books on the subject, even started reading a few, but none have had any connection to web design.
I recommend this book to anyone who touches any part of the design process. That includes you too, code-monkeys!