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

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Web Design Inspiration at a Glance

Volume 2 of The Web Designer's Idea Book includes more than 650 new websites arranged thematically, so you can easily find inspiration for your work. Author Patrick McNeil, creator of the popular web design blog and author of the original bestselling Web Designer's Idea Book, has cataloged thousands of sites, and showcas

Paperback, 263 pages
Published September 19th 2010 by How Books (first published August 23rd 2010)
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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 A bit outdated, but that's my fault for not being able to find the third edition.
Dec 30, 2011 Tamara rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
Apr 21, 2012 Laurian rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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.
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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.
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 Being the web, though, it will probably be outdated next year.
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