The Principles of Beautiful Web Design: Designing Great Web Sites is Not Rocket Science!

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design: Designing Great Web Sites is Not Rocket Science!
By Jason Beaird, James George

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The Principles of Beautiful Web Design is the ideal book for people who can build websites, but are seeking the skills and knowledge to visually enhance their sites.

This book will teach you how to:

  • Understand what makes "good design," from discovery through to implementation
  • Use color effectively, develop color schemes, and create a palette
  • Create pleasing layouts using grids, the rule of thirds, and symmetry
  • Employ textures: lines, points, shapes, volumes, and depth
  • Apply typography to make ordinary designs look great
  • Choose, edit, and position effective imagery

And lots more...

This easy-to-follow guide is illustrated with beautiful, full-color examples, and will lead you through the process of creating great designs from start to finish.

The third edition of this book has been greatly revised and now features:

  • Updated and expanded coverage of mobile and responsive web design (RWD)
  • A new sample project
  • New sections on user interface and icon design
  • Common user-interface patterns and resources

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #146856 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2014-06-27
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.00" h x .45" w x 7.99" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 220 pages


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About the Author

Jason Beaird dual-majored in graphic design and digital media at the University of Central Florida. When he's not working on websites, he enjoys disassembling electronics and using them in his artwork. Jason writes about his adventures in design and technology on his personal site,
James George is a professional web designer from the United States, who is passionate about the field of design. He loves connecting with other designers and developers. James enjoys working closely with clients and businesses to create powerful, beautiful web design solutions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5A marvelous design bible
By Anton J Jansen
This is one of those books that satisfies all my needs at once. I've given it 5 stars, but please multiply them by 5. There's absolutely nothing in this book that I can complain about. The only problem is that I bought a lot of other design books in the past; what am I going to do with them now?

First off, I am a very difficult customer. I look at a book from many different angles - especially books that are supposed to teach me something. I usually have a problem or two or more with most books. The cover and the content SEEM of value, but upon opening the book one realizes very quickly that it's just a waste of money. This book, however, explained to me in ONE text everything I ever had to research on the Internet. Then I had to sift through thousands and thousands of results, and this book narrows it down to personal favorites. That's okay - after having read the book written by a pro, it's just very obvious that his preferences and judgement are better than mine.
One of my favorite topics in the book was the discussion about color psychology and text. I've read plenty of books on these - they were all boring and the author explained nothing. In this book it was like having a face-to-face discussion. And, that's only ONE example.

In short: if you're looking for something comprehensive, that teaches you MORE than what it claims, and gives you resources to study, AND teaches you how to look at your own designs critically, then you've found the answer in this book. You can look at something else, but believe me, I've most probably bought them already, and they don't get close to what is offered in this comprehensive package.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Easy to learn web design
By KathrynM
Easy to follow and learn from! I got this book because I had to for my college class, however, even if I wasn't mandatory this would be a book I would want to buy to learn about web design! It gets you started and knowledgeable about anything you need to know.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book for aspiring designers
By Raydenhead
If you know how to program but want to learn how to avoid making your websites look amateur, this is the book for you.

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