Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : Apress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing edition (March 19, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590598032
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590598030
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.14 x 0.68 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,652,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The amount of information in the book is by no means overwhelming - its concise. Had the superfluous, non-illustrative design elements not been there, I estimate I could have read the book cover to cover on a short plane ride. Instead it's taken me a few long sittings and a few ibuprofen (to battle the headaches) to get in all the information.
The reason I didn't give this book five stars is because of the distracting nature of the design. This may seem nit-picky to some, but I think it becomes a usability/readability concern. It seems like every other page (give or take a few) is a different color, many with background images behind the text. Why? Maybe there's a reason... Maybe it's random. It's definitely distracting, taking away from the content itself.
It's understandable that the folks at Friends of Ed thought design embellishments would work with the underlying theme... IMHO, it's a little overdone.
I simply wasn't inspired by the ad hoc generic ideas, presented as edgy "grunge" a la mode. If you're a web designer needing creativity ideas of this type (page 30 is a kicker), you really need to hit art school again. What's explained, you'll pick up in high school Drawing 101; hanging out at coding forums; or just googling for help.
Worse upon worse, reading the book will give you a headache. I simply couldn't read it through without vertigo. The book design staff believed in high contrast color schemes, that if you're color blind, you wouldn't have to worry about reading code, you simply won't see it (or wished to ban Opt-Art)! Lime green backgrounds with pale orange type (pages 71 and 75, for example), just doesn't cut it.
If you need a CSS/XHTML coffee table book, this will suffice. But if you need real inspiration and design ideas, save your money and eyesight, and find some other book (or search online for examples -- heck, the snippet code isn't much more than what's in the book, even).
What a waste of money.
Aside from the ill-conceived design, this book is excellent. Each author delves into not just "tips and tricks" but how to refine and improve a design, and implement that more sophisticated design on the web.
Compared to the large volume of texts that have come out before it, this was a little bit of a disappointment.
Top reviews from other countries
I love the comprehensive Grid Design for the Web chapter. It goes in details starting with pen and paper to fleshing it with CSS/ HTML. It made me understand how CSS frameworks are built.
It's a book written by many authors and each bringing their skills. The result is some seriously loaded book.