Elements of Web Design (2nd Edition)

Author: Darcy DiNucci, Maria Giudice, Lynne Stiles
List Price: $39.95
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ISBN: 0201696983
Publisher: Adobe Press (04 June, 1999)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 18,706
Average Customer Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
Lush illustrations, georgous layout, concise text
I have a copy of the first edition, which is by now dated for both style and technology, but I still occasionally use it as an HTML 3.2 reference. This is a great introduction to website design for non-techies especially people with a visual bias (e.g. artisits). [I am a techy, but I still liked it -- a bit thinner on info. than I am used to, but it was what I was looking for at the time] I bought a second copy for my artist brother-in-law -- who now designs websites, major TV ads, album covers, etc.. I haven't seen V2, but hopefully it addresses the "dated" issue by simply revising the examples and technology references. Recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Oh my Gawwwwwd! I don't believe it! =o
... in order to spare any future customers dissappointment, let me explain what this book essentially is NOT:

1. A textbook or manual on how to do javascript, HTML, CSS or anything else technical.

2. An incredibly detailed, blow by blow account on how to build a web site, from planning to publishing.

3. A book for computer programmers or anyone interested in computer programming.

So if this book isn't these things, then what is it? It is:

1. An OVERVIEW of the internet, web site production and web site design. If you keep stumbling into words like "client," "server," "javascript," "plug-ins" and more and have NO CLUE what these all mean, this book will teach you what they are.

2. A nice primer for aspiring web designers who want to get into webmastering, but don't even know the basics of how it all works (example-- like how and why sites look differently in different browsers; the pitfalls of frames; and the limitations of the major browsers.)

3. A gorgeously-illustrated sourcebook of web site design. If you want to design sites and get some inspiraton and ideas for your own site, you can look at this book, which features top-notch examples of web site design.

4. A concise reference book. If you just learned HTML and are still having trouble remembering which tag does what, all you have to do is look them up in here.

I hate to gush, but I really, really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to aspiring web designers. My only complaint is that there isn't an updated version. But other than that, this book gets two big thumbs up from me.

Rating: 1 out of 5
don't judge a book by it's cover
this book is ultimately lacking in whatever capacity it was intended to serve. seems to be nothing more than a glorified promotional piece. next to no information that would have furthered my skills or knowledge. though the actual design of the book was impressive, I don't care if a book is printed on papyrus as long as it gives me what I'm looking for.

don't waste your money. as I said, don't judge a book by it's cover [especially one so smart looking as this]

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