Web Design - The Complete Reference
Published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2000
Paperback, 896 pages
Everything you ever wanted to know about web design? This book is not far from it, so whether you want to teach yourself by wading through this substantial book, or simply use it an occasional look-up, it will make a worthwhile purchase.
Unfortunately many websites bear testament to the fact that there is whole lot more to creating a good-looking, functional web site, than just learning HTML. Powell sets out to instill the principles of creating a attractive and 'user-friendly' web site, using what he sees as good design principles, and by imparting the theory and practice behind what makes a web site effective.
Divided into 6 main sections, the book begins with an excellent outline of the core issues of web design and how to start from a blank sheet of paper to develop a site built for users. The next two sections are the largest, dealing with the organisation and navigation issues for a site (including a brief section on search engine optimisation), and the basic elements of page design.
Like all titles in this series, there's a huge amount of information packed into this book which makes it a great reference source, rather than a stimulating read. For anyone involved in creating or commissioning a new web site, the first sections of this book, in particular, are essential reading to help create an understanding of the best web design principles.
OK, so designers like breaking the rules, but tried and tested formulas should be ignored at your peril!