A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web
A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web aims to teach you techniques for designing your website using the principles of graphic design.
Featuring five sections, each covering a core aspect of graphic design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Colour, and Layout. Learn solid graphic design theory that you can simply apply to your designs, making the difference from a good design to a great one.
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A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web is a stand-out book amongst web design books. Mark finds the right balance between practical and inspirational. And it's beautifully designed. Have a look for yourself:
Who should read this book?
Anyone who fancies a great read! No, seriously, if you're a designer, developer, or content producer, reading A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web will enrich your website design and plug the holes in your design knowledge.
To put it in the real world, you could use this book for:
- understanding the design process
- learning about typography
- getting to grips with colour and creating great colour combinations
- creating great layouts by gaining an understanding in compositional theory
- if you're a seasoned pro, brushing up on your graphic design theory
This book is about graphic design basics as applied to web. It will provide you with a base-line understanding of typography, colour theory and layout, all built on top of a base of research and process. It will give you what you need to take your designs to the next level.
"I've been watching the previews on Flickr and now that I've actually had the chance to read the full book, I can declare it a triumph. It doesn't feel preachy or stodgy, or conversely, too light and insubstantial. Mark's tone strikes the right balance, and is engaging from the start."~ Jon Hicks, Hicksdesign
"Really REALLY impressed at what I am seeing in fivesimplesteps If you didnt go to design school but do design, get it"~ Paul Boag, Boagworld
part 1: Getting Started
In this part, you’ll learn about what it takes to get started for designing for the web. You’ll learn about the various tools, processes, and practices.
part 2: Research and Ideas
Design begins with information, information gleaned from research. This research in turn informs ideas. In this part, you’ll learn the various techniques to help get your design off on the right foot.
part 3: Typography
Typographic design is more than just picking a font. In this part, you’ll learn how good typographic design is at the very heart of good web design.
part 4: Designing with colour
In this part, you’ll learn basic colour theory. How to create stunning colour palettes and ensure they are applied to the web in the best way possible.
part 5: Layout
In this part, you’ll learn how to use compositional devices such as The Golden Section, and grid systems to bring your designs together.