Professional Web Design: Techniques and Templates Reviews

Professional Web Design: Techniques and Templates

This is the must-have book for designers who want to expand their skills and improve the quality of their designs. Learning CSS technology and continually improving one’s design and developer skills is essential for every Web designer in today’s marketplace. The goal of Professional Web Design: Techniques and Templates is to educate beginning-to-intermediate Web designers on the various issues involved with Web design through general discussion, case studies, and specific tips and techniques. Us

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  1. Michael J Woznicki "Michael J Woznicki" | |
    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent for design concepts., November 13, 2002
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    Michael J Woznicki “Michael J Woznicki” (Holland, MA USA) –
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    In the classroom, when I teach web design, unless the courseware comes with templates the students spend the time creating pages from scratch. While this is worthwhile for novices, there are times when you need templates for some web projects.

    In this book the authors has given you over 200 HTML templates, which are on the cd-rom, to work with. By following along with the book you’ll end up creating over 50 pages. You find yourself working with frames, forms, tables, graphics and CSS.

    The book should have had the design outputs in color to allow you to be able to see what the outcome would like. I did like the 3 case studies included, which take you from a basic web page to a very advanced design layout.

    The cd-rom included trial version of Photoshop, FireWorks, Flash and HomeSite all of which have newer versions out and should be updated for the next edition. I found the JavaScript Cook to be a very handy and useful tool for creating scripts without an in depth knowledge of the coding techniques.

    The other handy utility included in the HTML/CSS Developer’s resource guide, which makes the creation of CSS easier. With all the helpful tool and tricks the book is certainly a welcome addition to my HTML/Web Design library. Overall a very good value for the money.

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  2. John Matlock "Gunny" | |
    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
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    Good Introduction to Mortised Site Design, January 18, 2005
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    John Matlock “Gunny” (Winnemucca, NV) –
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    As the title says, this is a book on the design of web pages. It is focused on producing designs that reflect many of the modern trends in web design thought. There was a time a few years back when the web sites of all the major companies used Macromedia Flash to animate, that is create movement, on their home pages. For instance, the authors report, quite accurately I think, that such animation has not proven suitable for the majority of web sites. Like Microsoft’s “clippy” paper clip “help” thing that used to appear at the bottom of Word/Esce./Etc. a lot of people really don’t like moving things.

    These authors really like mortised sites. This design philosophy uses tables within tables within tables to provide the view the authors are trying to create. The designs they give in their fifty included templates are of the mortised type. The trouble with mortised sites is that you have to receive all of the information for the site before the browser can begin drawing the tables on the screen. With todays fast processors, this is not usually a problem. But they can get dreadfully slow if you are accessing them over a slow line, especially if they include a lot of graphical images.

    The back of the book says this is for Beginner to Intermediate. This does not mean the Front Page level beginner. You’d best have some idea about HTML before you start this one. I’d say it’s an intermediate level book, which is reflected in the wording on the back page.

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  3. TheCafeWriter | |
    25 of 30 people found the following review helpful:
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    Visually stunning but…, April 24, 2004
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    TheCafeWriter (Chicago, IL USA) –
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    All the designs are heavily mortised, require a LOT of nested tables, and are mainly geared toward content-heavy sites with extensive menus. (For those of us who think that paying hundreds of dollars of Photoshop is ridiculous when Paint Shop Pro does the same for 1/6 the cost, be warned the templates are Photoshop-centric.)

    As someone already said, these are visually stunning examples, but very tables-intensive which can be time-consuming to edit/code and may be problematic for impaired site visitors who rely on web-reading technology. For the dozen or so examples (and their variations), decide for yourself if inspiration is worth the cost.

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