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The Principles of Beautiful Web Design 3rd Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0992279448
ISBN-10: 0992279445
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About the Author

Jason Beaird dual-majored in graphic design and digital media at the University of Central Florida. When he's not working on websites, he enjoys disassembling electronics and using them in his artwork. Jason writes about his adventures in design and technology on his personal site, jasongraphix.com.
James George is a professional web designer from the United States, who is passionate about the field of design. He loves connecting with other designers and developers. James enjoys working closely with clients and businesses to create powerful, beautiful web design solutions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 3 edition (June 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992279445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992279448
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of those books that satisfies all my needs at once. I've given it 5 stars, but please multiply them by 5. There's absolutely nothing in this book that I can complain about. The only problem is that I bought a lot of other design books in the past; what am I going to do with them now?

First off, I am a very difficult customer. I look at a book from many different angles - especially books that are supposed to teach me something. I usually have a problem or two or more with most books. The cover and the content SEEM of value, but upon opening the book one realizes very quickly that it's just a waste of money. This book, however, explained to me in ONE text everything I ever had to research on the Internet. Then I had to sift through thousands and thousands of results, and this book narrows it down to personal favorites. That's okay - after having read the book written by a pro, it's just very obvious that his preferences and judgement are better than mine.
One of my favorite topics in the book was the discussion about color psychology and text. I've read plenty of books on these - they were all boring and the author explained nothing. In this book it was like having a face-to-face discussion. And, that's only ONE example.

In short: if you're looking for something comprehensive, that teaches you MORE than what it claims, and gives you resources to study, AND teaches you how to look at your own designs critically, then you've found the answer in this book. You can look at something else, but believe me, I've most probably bought them already, and they don't get close to what is offered in this comprehensive package.
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Easy to follow and learn from! I got this book because I had to for my college class, however, even if I wasn't mandatory this would be a book I would want to buy to learn about web design! It gets you started and knowledgeable about anything you need to know.
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Solid entry into understanding the design part of web design. I use this as a required text in a college course I teach. I've found it does an excellent job of filling the gap often left by books that focus more on software than the process designing a site. Those with a graphic design background will find that there isn't much new information here, although the author does a great job of detailing how graphic design principles map onto web design. The intended audience is certainly those that are either learning web design or already have the technical skills (e.g. coding, Dreamweaver, etc.), but don't have a graphic design background. I highly recommend it. Another good on is White Space is Not Your Enemy, although it doesn't focus solely on web design.
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Bought it with the idea of getting a grasp of the basic. It served this purpose during the first two chapters. It gives a good explanation of colours, layouts and the like, but then it gives too much programming stuff that a rookie wouldn't understand. I think it's also my fault as I thought it was intended for rookies. It clearly states: "The Principles of Beautiful Web Design is the ideal book for people who can build websites, but are seeking the skills and knowledge to visually enhance their sites."
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It's a good introductory text to web design. It helps the beginner get familiar with vocabulary, terminology and principles.

I do wish it was more prescriptive in how beginners can apply the concepts to get great design results. It comes up very short (aka non-existent) in this regard and hence the 3 star rating.
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Very well done -- the only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I reserve that for stuff that's close to a religious experience. If you're looking for content-oriented discussion, you'd be better served by something like "Keeping Found Things Found", but if you're looking for layout/font/typography stuff, this is right on the money.
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It's a very good book and I truly enjoyed reading it. Though I have to say that it didn't go far enough for me. I think it's perfect for a beginner though, it gets you started quickly.
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