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The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design Paperback – October 6, 2008
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Patrick McNeil is a freelance web designer, developer, author and teacher. His blog, designmeltdown.com, presents trends in web design and provides inspiration for designers by organizing the sites thematically.
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The actual sites themselves are pretty good. I wasn't blown away by them, but was impressed and inspired. I keep a folder of bookmarks of sites that I think look good, categorized by "theme". This is a nice little handheld thing to quickly scan through to get some quick ideas or some quick inspiration.
I do wish some of the thumbnails would have been bigger, the pages a little larger, or the book itself a little taller. Some of the pages are stuffed with thumbnails and it can be a little difficult to discern what that header really looks like, or what that button really says.
Also, some of the themes could have used a couple more sites. Some categories like blogs are literally 2 pages. If you're gonna have a whole category I'm sure you can find a few more pages of nice sites to fill.
With all that being said this is a good book for 15 bucks. Especially if you are a web designer of any sort, this is a great resource to just have and flip through right before a new project.
In spite of it's title, I think it's more related to color usage in design, including many palettes, than web design elements as a whole.
This book is helpful to start the ideas rolling if you are needing inspiration or are designing for a color/style you haven't tried before. I always like to see a few examples when I'm thinking of a new design.
The issues I have are mainly that the book has become a little outdated in it's usage of color and design elements. Web design moves pretty fast and I think any dead tree book is going to be playing catch up no matter how fast they can get it out the door. Still it's a good reference for ideas, just don't copy them too closely or you'll be a bit out of touch with what's current.
Still, I knew all this and still purchased the book as a tool. Nothing more.
Good overview of many designs
Great categorization of styles,colors themes, etc.
Useful reference with easy to find examples.
Nice images and paper quality.
Published a couple years back and needs to be updated.
I would have liked to see palettes for each design just below the example photo rather than at the end of the section where they aren't particularly linked to any of the examples.
I agree with the others that the screenshots are a bit small and the details are hard to see, but other than that I highly recommend this book for anyone going into web development.
As a recent graduate from Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in graphic design. This has helped me visualize a great way of conducting different ideas for building my own portfolio website and also what is out there based on the different companies / businesses etc.
Great product and super ideas!