Top critical review
One person found this helpful
Not as Good as Volume 1
on July 17, 2012
Just a quick appraisal regarding this volume's practical utility, two years after publication.
I recently bought this book in print, together with Volume 1 (simply titled "The Web Designer's Idea Book").
Though this 2nd volume seeks to cover some extra ground in terms of design theory - and in its second half, fairly much the exact ground as the initial volume - which is a fine thing as here, exemplary websites are broken up by colour scheme, theme, style, and elements (buttons, tabs etc.), the issue that became most apparent for me, was that many of the websites shown for their brilliance, are now closed or defunct!
This will indeed be an issue with any book that tries to teach an art through electronic subjects, but many, many, sites have now simply gone into the ether. This leads of course, to the question: How truly brilliant were they in the first place?
What is good about this book - and its first volume - is that both offer graphics covering entire home pages, together with their links. In a Kindle version, these links will be live - and that's an added advantage when trying to see the subjects in motion with ease. I noticed this with my purchase of "The Designer's Web Handbook" by the same author, for my Kindle Fire.
As for innovation, I found volume 1 in fact, to offer greater design inspiration hands-down. And this, despite its publication date of 2008. What's more, the sites that grabbed my attention in the 1st volume - are still up and running.
Which goes to show, when looking at the design paradigm, sometimes you don't need to throw out the pixels with the bath water.
Uncannily though, as if apocryphal, volume 2 does offer advice in designing pages for sites both "Under Construction" and "404 - Page Not Found"!