While the second edition of The Non-Designer's Web Book won't answer all of your technical questions about the inner workings of the Web, it explains most of what a beginning designer needs to know: what the Web is, how it gets to your computer, how to use it, and, most of all, how to design for it.
Any artist can tell you that you have to know how a medium works to get the most impact from working in it. A basic understanding of how the Web works enables the good designer to create the most effective sites. This book thoroughly discusses the different kinds of graphics that are used on the Web, when to use one over another, how to make the most of text styles, and how to design navigation systems.
The comparisons are the best stuff here--good design vs. bad design, why designing Web pages is different from designing printed pages, and why a site looks terrific on one monitor but terrible on another. Two chapters on properly preparing graphics and setting typography for use on a Web site describe how to avoid obvious mistakes that would make your work look amateurish.
Not limited to design, The Non-Designer's Web Book shows how to get a site up and running, register the domain name, and add it to search engines. After the design is finished and implemented, the site has to be uploaded and updated; this is explained, too.
If there is one fault with this book, it's the lack of information on specific authoring tools. The barest overview of the current crop of tools appears in chapter 3, "Just What Are Web Pages, Anyway?", but a discussion of why you should choose one package over another is absent.
Don't let that fault stop you from buying this book, however. Plenty of magazines regularly have Web authoring tool "shootouts." What the magazines don't do, and what The Non-Designer's Web Book excels at, is tell you how to make well-designed pages. If you're going to build Web sites, for either personal or professional use, but you have no clue where to begin, start with this book. It's easy to read, devoid of confusing jargon, and full of dos and don'ts to help you avoid common snags. --Mike Caputo
The Non-Designer's Web Book, Second Edition is an update to Robin Williams' best-selling book on Web design, and it's packed with more creative ideas, techniques, and updated technology. With a combination of savvy design principles and an appealing, easy-to-follow format, both novice and professional Web designers can implement the principles in this book for their own work. This four-color book covers a wide array of Web design basics such as alignment, proximity, and repetition, and then discusses other design issues as they relate to the Web, including color, typography, and graphics. Readers then move on to graphic and technical details, such as the preparation of simple Web images and animations, and deciding when to use different graphic file formats. The Non-Designer's Web Book, Second Edition teaches technical expertise with a creative sensibility, making it a Web design book that will inspire readers of all levels. Previous Edition ISBN: 0-201-68859-X