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Designing For The Web

2nd February 2009

Having read the thing cover-to-cover over the weekend, I was just about to write a detailed post about my friend Mark Boulton’s new PDF book A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web (available from today).

Designing for the Web

Then I realised that Mr. Hicks had posted pretty much exactly the same overview as I had intended. I think these posts will be the first of many plaudits for Mark, so we’re getting in early…

I’ll instead simply say that this fine book seeks to cover much more than I’d anticipated - everything from tax and cashflow to briefs and research, and how for a self-taught designer such as myself it fills in a number of graphic design specifics that art school failed to share. Mark’s approach is honest, thoughtful and carefully structured, and the illustrations are well-considered and always relevant. I’m recommending this book to all - regardless of experience or specific specialism.

Like many, I too am keen to get a physical copy of this beautiful book. Mark is evaluating that, but so far it looks expensive. I’d be amazed if a publisher doesn’t make him an offer, but I know independence is important here. Regardless, I’d pay good money to have this book as a thumbable reference on my desk.

Designing For The Web - colour wheel pages

Figure 1: Colour theory.

Mark, you have certainly met my expectations, and I’m proud of you, sir. Well worth the rather long wait!


# Richard Bateman responded on 3rd February 2009 with...

I second your comments on Mark’s book. I didn’t either bother waiting for the discount code to come through, just dived straight in there and set aside time last night to read the book.

I have waited for so long to have a book of this type to come along and it doesn’t disappoint. There are a lot of books out there that focus on the technology, however few focus on the fundamental design aspects of the web medium.

It’s clear also that a lot of hard work was put into writing it, and it certainly was worth the effort. It would be the perfect literature to hand out to students in college or university who are learning web design as part of their design curriculum. 

Highly recommended indeed.

# skip hire responded on 6th February 2009 with...

I have been looking for a good guide and will hunt this down for a read.

# Lauren responded on 6th February 2009 with...

I recently thumbed through Macdonalds creating webisites - the missing manual. It is so hard to find a good read on this topic since everything is so saturated. Versus valid material that is worth my time, i always purchase a good copywrite with poorly written material.

I will take your word on this and order my copy. I see it is only about $15US. Thank you for this.

# dr john responded on 11th February 2009 with...

Want a physical copy the easy way?

Why not persuade him to use one of the print on demand publishers!  Then he can set his own price easily.  Not sure how the publishers print cost (added to his price) would go if there were many colour images, but worth a thought.

# Guy Roberts responded on 13th February 2009 with...

I’m a developer not a creative. The annoying thing is that I love good design but get overwhelmed with typography, composition and colours.  And this book covers all three of these subjects in a non scary way.

I love the way Mark can make text look beautiful and how he can join simple visual elements together in striking ways.

In the book he mentions a CSS toolkit called blueprint that is new to me (I said I was a developer) which will help me to lay out my demonstration web apps a bit less gawkishly.  That’s worth the money alone. 

Lastly, if you discover like I did that the book was missing the odd numbered pages,  try widening your pdf reader.

# Designer sofas responded on 16th February 2009 with...

How can i get my hands on a copy -  Any ideas please.

Many thanks for this great eye opening post.

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