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The Web Designer's Idea Book, 2-Volume Set: More of the Best Themes, Trends and Styles in Website Design

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SPECIAL SHRINKWRAPPED BUNDLE! Get inspired for your next web design project with this hefty collection of more than 1,300 well-designed sites categorized by color, style, theme and more. Author Patrick Mcneil, creator of popular web design blog designmeltdown.com, has cataloged thousands of sites, and showcased in these books are the very best examples. Whether you're brai ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 22nd 2010 by Northlight (first published August 23rd 2010)
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Diana
Feb 26, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent examples, great overviews of design principles, nice tips for technical implementation. A bit outdated, but that's my fault for not being able to find the third edition.
Tamara
Dec 30, 2011 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: web, work
My favorite: screenshots + short descriptions. Brainstorm for the win.
Easy to flip through and easy to digest.

Organized by basic design principles (emphasis, contrast, balance, alignment, repetition, flow) and then by site type, styles/themes, structural styles & structural elements.

My one gripe would be a desire to blow up at least one screenshot per section and call out the specific elements that are being demonstrated.
Julie
Jul 18, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good companion to The Principles of Beautiful Web Designin that I could take each lesson in the book on design principles and find lots of extra examples, tips, and links to tutorials in this book.
Laurian
Apr 21, 2012 Laurian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ux
Again, another good book to have on your shelf to help inspire you when you are in a creative stand off.

This and Vol 1 work well together - I only saw a handful of sites that were duplicated. The content was fresh and I liked the explanation at the beginning of each section. It was thoughtful without being preachy.
Bayu Amus
Dec 05, 2010 Bayu Amus is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design, web-design
Interesting book that gives basic of idea generation using the already available resources; especially other designer's work -- and how to gain idea from them instead of just copying.
Rebecca
Sep 30, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computer
A great book of ideas and each design concept is thoroughly explained and illustrated. Being the web, though, it will probably be outdated next year.
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