The Non-Designer's Web Book (2nd Edition)
||Author: Robin Williams, John Tollett|
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Publisher: Peachpit Press (08 September, 2000)
Sales Rank: 9,345
Average Customer Rating: 4.33 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Very complete for the beginner!!
This book was awesome! It is generated toward the beginner with very simple explanations and wonderful pictures so you know exactly what they are saying. But even the experienced web designer can gain from this as you see your own work through more simple eyes.
Lots of ideas, explains from thought through concept, even shows you what NOT to do. Touches bases on color, graphics, search engines, typography. I was very impressed by this book and if you are a beginner this really is the book for you. I was very surprised to the amount of information and the wide range it covers in such a little book!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Someone Is Hiding on Alcatrez Island
This is a fabulous story written beautifully by: Eve Bunting. It is about a boy named Danny that gets in trouble with a gang called the outlaws. He ends up running and catching a boat to Alcatraz to hide for a while. He meets a girl named biddy on the boat. He starts taking the tour and he sneaks off and hides. Meanwhile he doesn't know that the outlaws are on there way over to find him. So he is walking around and he sees one of the outlaws and starts running. He gets away from the one but there are three left. They spot him and he starts to run and he sees biddy so he stands by her thinking that it would stop them but it didn't. The outlaws took both of them hostage and held them up in the prison. There is only one person on watch and that is an elderly woman named Mabyline. She has her headphones blaring and the TV going so she can't hear anything. Do they escape or is death there only escape. You will have to read and find out more.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sharp but unbalanced
The authors of HTML books tend to fall into three categories: Coders, Tech Writers, and Designers. Robin Williams belongs proudly in the last category, and it shows. Four chapters of sharp and specific advices on design are accompanied by 12 rather watered-down chapters on web basics - with no coverage of HTML itself! Apparently Robin decided to target her book to amateurs and graphic designers who think they can do everything on Dreamweaver and other graphic tools, thus never have to deal with the messy HTML plumbing ...
Not so! Web and browser technology still have many idiosyncracies, and any serious web designer will soon have to master the actual plumbing works - in all its glorious variations. For that, there is no shortcut to a step-by-step study of HTML and CSS - perhaps the Molly Holzschlag book. She, however, is not technical enough to write it.
Robin Williams shine when she lays out realistic (and above-average) examples and explains why they work (or not). Her chapter on typography was outstanding - she analyzes each of Microsoft's near-universal web core fonts, pointing out their strengths and weaknesses, and discourses on the use of Arial vs. Helvetica (one for screen and the other for printing). No other book goes into such detail. I give her four stars for this chapter alone.
The perfect HTML book would probably be Laura Lemay/Holzschlag teaming with Robin (and maybe Lynda Weinman). Failing that, getting both Holzschlag and Robin Williams is not a bad substitute.
· Robin Williams Web Design Workshop
· Robin Williams Design Workshop
· Non-Designer's Scan & Print Book
· The Non-Designer's Type Book