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If you have goals you want to achieve with your website, usability is critical.
After reading the updated version, you will agree that it is the job of the web designer and her team to make websites easy for people to use, and you will find yourself adopting techniques that make it easier for people to use your websites.
And you will want to put into practice the pragmatic and practical advice Steve provides.
There are so many parts of a web design process now, so many skills and disciplines involved, and often so many different people, that good planning is simply required to make sure everyone is on the same web page. What Dan M. Brown has done is tell us how to document the parts of a web design process so that it can be clearly communicated to the people you work with.
That might not sound too exciting, but this book makes it relatively easy, explaining things like project briefs, workflow charts, site maps, wireframes, and how to describe them so that the documents become useful tools in themselves. And if you do work solo, this is probably even more valuable, as it helps you keep everything straight for yourself, including setting goals, timeframes and budgets.
In this updated edition, there are more diagrams and illustrations, templates to use and exercises to test yourself out. If you want to be organized about your web design — and you do — then this is a book for you.
By understanding the principles of web design, you give yourself access to perspective, context and choice. The challenge for the authors is that each topic gets exactly two pages only.
Web design is a part of the history of design in general, while great web design applies what we know about design to how content is presented and used on the web. So, I went ahead and wrote that book. While I look at why impressionist painting makes such an impression on people and what we can learn from Renaissance sculpture, for example, I also explain why people hate Comic Sans.
If you want to get a taste of the style of Design for Hackers, you can always sign up for our free email course. With just these seven books, any beginning web designer will give themselves a head start and a firm foundation for growing into a talented and successful web professional.
But, certainly there are other good books out there for learning web design. Let me know on Twitter what books have helped you.
And if they were taught by a teacher, then, well, that's all out the door.
If they are good at all, then it's because the teacher delivered that to them. Total nonsense. People learn anything — music and web development included — inside a hurricane of influences. Learning to play comes in many forms.
You learn by listening to music an awful lot. You can do fundamental practice, like finger exercises and going up and down scales. You can learn to transpose chords on a chalkboard. You can watch YouTube all day and night.
You can sign up for online courses. You can go to local jams to watch and play along. You can join a band.
You can take lessons from someone advertising on Craigslist. You can go to a local music school. You can read books about music. You get the idea. You can and probably will do all of that.
With learning web design and development, getting anywhere will involve all sorts of ways. It takes bashing on it lots of different ways.
Go forth and build websites , the ol' ShopTalk mantra! Share this:.