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Sexy Web Design by Elliott Jay Stocks
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May 07, 09

bookshelves: tech
Recommended for: web design starters
Read in May, 2009

I had high hopes for this book. I bought it expecting it to be - as advertised - an easy to digest yet informative and competent design manual, going into detail over types of web pages, different elements and of course variety of tricks to make the design pretty, all this supplied with commentary on usability, psychological reaction of viewers and customers' expectations.

Well, this is what I wanted this book to contain.

And it is there... It spans more or less 20 pages, out of 160, somewhere in the middle. First part of this book deals with coming up with a design - creating diagrams and sketches. The second part is developing an actual sexy website... but on an example. It could still be saved if the author did not merely write 'I use this and this because...', but also 'that and that could be used but it's not OK here because...'. Unfortunately, the tutorial is pretty straightforward and sounds more like a walkthrough rather than a tactical guide to web design.

The last part of Sexy Web Design is devoted to deliverables. Again, I expected to read about great mechanisms of corporate world, but everything turned out to be fairly simplistic and based on common sense.

There was one serious drawback except not much information: references to other articles and books. Every time an opportunity to throw in more data was presented, it was squelched with 'see article XYZ' and an URL, as if what was written in Sexy Web Design was enough for the reader (and it would be, for total beginner).

To understand this book, you need only a bit of love for web design. I can recommend it only for newbies in the field of web. If you ever tried to design a more complex site, considering its would-be use and audience and/or weighting different options in mind, you probably already know everything that you could learn from this book. Sexy Web Design does great job at introducing beginners to schematics of design process and management, but it's not a complex guide to themes and styles and cunning tricks, not by a far shot. It may only boost your self-confidence if you're a self-taught web designer.
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