An excellent brief overview of designing (and coding) responsive websites, including some discussion of the Mobile First principle and some great tech...moreAn excellent brief overview of designing (and coding) responsive websites, including some discussion of the Mobile First principle and some great techniques to get your pages resizing correctly. Short but very useful.(less)
Well, this was a brilliant book. I should probably admit that even though I have a postgraduate design degree, I'm not a designer - I'm a classical co...moreWell, this was a brilliant book. I should probably admit that even though I have a postgraduate design degree, I'm not a designer - I'm a classical composer and web interface developer - but in spite of the title, I think this is a fantastic book for anyone who is aiming to work, or trying to set their own business up, in pretty much any creative industry. The advice, while design-centric, can mostly be easily applied to other creative areas, and it gives a really fresh perspective on finding jobs and self promotion in particular.
One of the things I liked best about this book was that Shaughnessy's advice on how to move forward in your career was all based around sound ethical principles - do good work regardless of what you're being paid, contribute to your industry, help other practitioners and stand by what you believe. All sound advice and it's fantastic to see someone advocating getting ahead by being a good person. Three cheers for Adrian Shaughnessy!
Another thing I liked is that this could so easily be a read-once-and-discard kind of book, but the way the information has been tackled and presented means it's not. Its information can be useful all the way from student through to running your own business, plus the interviews and the chapters on self-promotion and the creative process have relevance no matter where your career is up to.
All in all, a fantastic book - and a very easy read too. A lot of books talking about business can be very dry; this one certainly isn't. And it looks nice too :-)(less)
Well, first up, this has been the easiest read of any web book I've ever tackled. I *zoomed* through it. And the information is really interesting. Ye...moreWell, first up, this has been the easiest read of any web book I've ever tackled. I *zoomed* through it. And the information is really interesting. Yes, quite a bit of it is common sense; yes, there's some repetition, but I think it's an excellent introduction to how people behave online. It's a book that would be useful not only for people developing social networks, but people attempting to achieve anything online.
It's also - apparently contrary to the title - not just for designers. The design that's being talked about covers every aspect of a site's design - from the initial idea and approach, through system design, form design and graphic design, and I would recommend it to anyone who is working with websites, or thinking of starting up a web project. Excellent examples, easy to read, not too long, plus a wealth of links for further reading.(less)
I love this book. I found it in the bookshop of the Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen and had trouble leaving it there, but ultimately luggage weight...moreI love this book. I found it in the bookshop of the Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen and had trouble leaving it there, but ultimately luggage weight won out and Amazon came to my rescue. I find just flipping through it fills me with ideas. The images are beautiful and interesting and I like the interviews too (although there's quite a heavy leaning towards people from advertising - I'd like to see a second volume with a few more people from other creative disciplines - the composers, illustrators, website designers and so on). One of the most interesting things I discovered in this book was how very many of the people interviewed collect stuff. Most of them admit to collecting something, whether it be shoes or scraps of material, or just random things they like the look of. Suddenly my collection of random bits of paper I can't bear to throw away was justified!(less)