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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  250 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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 ...more
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Published 2009 by Mark Boulton Design Ltd
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William Cline
This book purports to teach basic graphic design foundations, but it includes lots of commentary aimed at graphic design students (including advice on starting one's own freelance design business), readers who would already have plenty of instruction in typography, layout, color, et cetera. For them, a book teaching those foundations is redundant.

Meanwhile, non-graphic-designer readers can't make sense of Boulton's information, because it's all so cursory, vague, and/or unclearly written that it
Greg Mathews
I really liked this book!

It went further into Typography, Grid Systems, and Color than some other Web Design books have.

There was one section on tools which I think should have been left out. The tools they mentioned were already outdated and the book is 3 years old. The author mentions at the end that the book was not meant to be a snapshot of the web design industry right now. When including these tools it felt like that is what he was doing.

Overall an awesome book! Definitely got me more int
Far from teaching you all the things you need regarding to web design, which is impossible,it could open up the eyes for those who can't see hidden things;unseen things that are covered with that glass we can bypass with little effort, like a fog in a fresh mountain; in other words sometimes it looks harder than we think to realize things around us but there's some guidance we can take advantage of to ease this process. That's the moment when a book like "Designing for the web" comes in handy. p ...more
This introduces you to topics you might have otherwise ignored, like color theory, but doesn't delve into any of them too deeply/at all. The book is pretty, but given the care that was put into choosing just the right font, you think he could have fixed his grammar/punctuation mistakes! As someone who has taken many years of art classes, I didn't find this book particularly useful. I don't think it would be helpful to people without an art background either, as Boulton rarely takes time to thoro ...more
Got this after reading a blog post on Mark's website on Typography. Written in a way to be as practical as possible with occasional historic lingerings. Also read Grid Systems if you like this.
This is goodly, if you are non-designer, trying to understand how to take print, graphic design, and photography principles and apply them on the web. If you haven't formally studied colour theory and typography then this is pretty useful.

Also covers making the move from in company to freelance web design. Has some useful digital project governance ideas in the same vein as Kelly Goto's seminal work 'Web Redesign 2.0 | Workflow that Works' on that topic.

It covers off the grid layout pretty well
Erin Newby
This book was beautifully designed, but was made for a developer not a designer. Most of the tips a designer should already know.
Per quanto il titolo e l'approccio siano pratici, A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web è un vero e proprio manuale sulla teoria della progettazione grafica che qualsiasi web designer dovrebbe leggere prima ancora di pensare di realizzare un sito. Mark Boulton, protagonista tra le tante altre cose della riprogettazione di un sito come quello della comunità di Drupal, spiega tipografia, colore e impaginazione con la consapevolezza di un designer che ha attraversato la transizione dalla stamp ...more
Keith Mcgahey
Not bad, clear and simple, had some good ideas and methods to follow.
A good and concise step into the web design. The intention to go deep into the basics of graphic theory is very welcoming and make this book a good reference to check and share with web enthusiasts. I'd like a bit more info on layout techniques but maybe in other book.
This book is timeless.

Although written five years ago, the theory remains useful in the modern day web. It opens my mind to the broad aspect of web design, and encourages me to learn more and practice more. :)
Good primer/refresher on visual design fundamentals as applied to the web. Agency-focused - not as much for innies. Could use a second edition to fill in a few gaps, but overall, a worthy read.
Bueno, es un inicio por el camino correcto del diseño web, pero en ocasiones me parece que se queda corto de lo que podría ser y se limita mucho a la opinión un tanto tópica del autor.
Feb 26, 2009 Erik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Designers and design curious developers
An excellent overview of everything involved with the field of Web Design. Even for professionals, there is bound to be something in the book to teach everyone something.
Aug 02, 2012 Michael marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Boulton is a web designer and author. He is the head of his own studio, Mark Boulton Design, where they try to make useful beautiful things for clients around the world. Sometimes outspoken, always passionate, Mark started out designing web sites when he was the 'young guy' in the studio back in 1997. He's been banging on about applying the fundamentals of good graphic design on the web ever ...more
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