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Son of Web Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design by Looking at Bad Design Paperback – April 5, 2002
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"A must read for anyone interested in web design." -- Midwest Book Review
"Reading this book cover to cover should be the first design decision of both the novice and the pro. 5/5 stars" -- August 2002, Computer Arts Magazine, http://www.computerarts.co.uk
"This book is a much easier and (more importantly) funnier read than any web design book you'll find out there." -- Adam Bell, DigitalMediaNet.com
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Sequel to the best-seller Web Pages That Suck and based on the insanely popular, award-winning site WebPagesThatSuck.com
Web usability expert Vincent Flanders is back, with an irreverent new look at the Web's worst. If you design Web sites or hire people that do, you need to hear Flanders take on the many mistakes that undermine some of the best-known sites on the Web. Within these pages, you'll:
TREMBLE at the horror that is Mystery Meat Navigation RUN SCREAMING from splishy splashy Flashy pages CONQUER your Web nightmares by learning the four guiding principles of Web design MASTER the art of spotting a page's flaws in two minutes
Flanders skewers sucky pages from Britney Spears, Microsoft, Century 21, Jesse Ventura, and tons of others, all so that you can be sure you don't make the same mistakes they did. You'll learn crucial techniques for developing content that keeps people coming back, optimizing your graphics, choosing effective text colors and matching backgrounds, and plenty more.
Whether you're designing a site for your digital photos or are in charge of your Fortune 500 company's Web presence, Flanders' scathing commentary will have you laughing while his insights have you learning how to create a truly effective site for your audience.
CD Description Includes a CD with Software That Sucks Not! Get 16 excellent utilities to help you design, test, and manage your site, plus links for sites and Web-based resources discussed in the book.
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I disagreed him with him when it came to Flash. He thinks Flash is unnecessary, which it is in certain circumstances... but... he failed to mention adult sites which really use the art of visualization for the ultimate sale, which is what he discusses - that websites should be about bringing in money. Other than that and his not-so-secret hate for splash pages (although again, he failed to mention that some sites actually REQUIRE them by law)... I agreed with him on everything else in the book.
He gets into the Do's and Don'ts and really blasts the sites that use tacky animated Gifs on clashing backgrounds, unclean and unfocused sites, sites that don't use alt tags on images, and it really covers a whole lot of things that are just plain wrong. Way wrong.
He even got into a subject about never including text that says 'Click Here' and at first I scratched by head and thought - but why not?? And he showed some examples of it done right, and examples of how bad and tacky it can look when it is used wrong. I immediately got inspired and got rid of all of my 'Click here' text and sure enough, the results looked much more professional.
I have at least 20 high-maintenance business sites I constantly work on, and that being said - I am constantly feeling pretty positive about the work that I do. He doesn't care how good you think you are. He will be brutal. And it's about time someone steps forward to say it.
'A webmasters job is never complete' is an accurate statement.
He doesn't just give negative criticism... he offers good advice and solutions that are doable and just require effort and a sense of direction.
The bottom line: If you get aggravated with what he says, you can close the book and reopen it when you're ready for brutal honesty.
AUTHOR: Vincent Flanders with Dean Peters and a Cast of Hundreds
REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
BOOK REVIEW: Sometimes looking at something bad can help you see what a web page should look like. You immediately begin to say, �I would NEVER do that on a web site�. This begins the creative thought process that, in turn, helps you design a web site everyone will be able to navigate and enjoy.
The first thing you should do after purchasing Son of Web Pages That Suck� is check out the CD that is included. It contains over a dozen programs that can help the web designer to create better pages. A few of the programs that you might want to try are Snag It (captures anything you see on the Windows Desktop), Top Style Pro (checks for cross-browser problems as you work), Color Schemer (helps create color themes) and Screen Ruler (a virtual ruler that you can drag around the screen). These are trial programs and can be purchased for permanent use.
There is a section called �Two Minute Offense�. This is an exercise designed to getting you thinking in two minutes of all the problems that show on the web page displayed in that section. There are other �side bars� to help you learn also such as Sucks Not and Sucks a Lot. Both titles are self-explanatory. Don�t forget to check out the �What Did You Learn� at the end of each chapter. This section will review what went on in the chapter and gives you a chance to be sure you saw everything in that chapter.
Remember that wonderful font you found and always wanted to use? Probably on a web page is not the place for it. And be careful of color. Too much color in the same line of text can be a problem. These are only a few of the problems that �Son of Web Pages That Suck� points out. It is a book you will be hard pressed to not wear it out as its pages contain so much information you will want to read it many times.
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