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Outdated and Irrelevant
on October 29, 2012
I mistakenly bought this book in fall 2012 for some insight into how other designers approach their projects. It seems that it was ahead of it's time back in 2007, but web design is a rapidly changing industry and most of the book is totally irrelevant now. More specifically:
* Responsive design isn't mentioned in the book. The mobile industry is huge now, you should definitely be focused on mobile device displays.
* Google Chrome didn't even exist when the book was written, to give you an idea of how old the paradigms and technology are. Your sites will be below-average at best if you follow this book.
* @font-face didn't exist when the book was written - it is a cornerstone of modern website design.
* IMO, graphic design is now a much more important part of web design. Frameworks and templates that are effective have been established (ie Bootstrap by Twitter), meaning most of the web designer's work is in the realm of making unique content, primarily through graphic design.
Kudos to the individuals who put the book together years ago, but I can't recommend it for anyone in 2012.