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Professional Web Site Design from Start to Finish Paperback – January, 2002
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So first I read the other reviews here and it looks like most people agree that "Start to Finish" is fantastic, there's a couple people who must have thought it was a different kind of book and so gave it a poor review.
So to set the record straight, this is NOT a book just for beginners, though the first chapter is definitely for that group. (How to set up your workstation.) I just skimmed through that one. The rest of the book covers the complete process; and I mean COMPLETE, of getting a web site from an idea in someone's head to live on the web.
The other thing that may trip you up: The author says right up front that this book will *not* teach you how to do HTML or create web graphics. (She says there were already hundreds of those on the shelves when she sat down to write the book, and she lists her favorite "how to" books in the appendix.) So don't buy this book if you're hoping it will turn you into an expert coder, that's not what it's about.
So what IS it about? As Ann Marie says, "it's about everything else." And that's why I found it so valuable, because it's real-world information, tips, and recommended techniques that I've never seen anywhere else. Well at least never all in one place, like this book is.Read more ›
That being said, if you are part of the target audience, those wishing to go into the web site design business or given the responsibility of running a website for a company, this book can be a handy background tool. It explains options, industry trends and many of the things which will have to be thoughtfully considered in order to put together a decent site. Again, this book focuses on broad conceptual practices and not on specific means of achieving ends.
Information is provided on five main topics divided into five chapters. The chapters are called, "Gearing Up", "Essential Pre-design Tasks", "A Design that Works", Putting it all Together" and "Keeping the Site Alive". Additionally, there is an appendix which lists useful resources.
As I said, this book was not what I was looking for but seems to be well and simply written. My one concern is that it was written in 2001 and some of the specifics may be a bit dated. Still, I would think that the broad concepts covered are valid.
(Side Note: If you're looking for the techincal resource regarding web site design, which is also essential for becoming a well rounded designer, consider "The Complete Reference Web Design" 2nd Edition by Thomas A. Powell. It makes for an excellent web design reference. In fact strongly consider studing this book first before venturing into Anne-Marie Concepcion's "Professional Web Site Design <from start to finish>". Having studied the two books in this order, has enabled me to derive optimum value from them. You will gain "confidence" to move ahead strongly as a web designer if you study these books well, and keep your eyes open for changes in the world of Web Design.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Without this book I would have never been able to start my own web design business ([...] Stormfront Productions has grown considerably over the last year, which is solely based on... Read morePublished on December 13, 2005 by R. Theodorow
I never have been good with design, but now I feel more confident.Published on September 1, 2005 by Brian
This book is a very thin overview of the Web development process. It takes around 30 minutes to read. Read morePublished on August 9, 2004 by M. Chabot
First off, for me, the book is 1-2 stars, but it turned that I am not the target market. I thought it better to rate it based on how it addresses those it is intended to. Read morePublished on May 7, 2004 by John Spiegel
I must admit that this book is completely different than most of the website designer books on the market. Read morePublished on October 21, 2003 by Maria B.
This book was very simple and easy to read but at the same time very complete with a wealth of information. The screenshots and illustrations made it that much real. Read morePublished on June 18, 2003
I recently purchased this book (along with many others) to brush up my technical knowledge of web design. I was rather dissappointed in the novice nature of this book. Read morePublished on September 27, 2002 by Kyle
I find this book very basic, not helpful at all. This book has nice graphics but that all it has. Not recommended for those who really lookig forward to learn and understand web... Read morePublished on July 17, 2002 by July, Orlando, FL
This book provides all the necessary information to help graphic designers make the leap into web design. Ms. Read morePublished on January 17, 2002 by Valerie Kurkerwicz