395 words on Books
I have done a bit of web design here and there from 1994 or so. And I tried out most of the fads of those periods (blink tags, frames, tables, CSS, only skipping Flash in the list of atrocities), settling for ‘standards’ based design as the new millennium began. That way of working is quite good and has provided a reasonably stable way of working over the years.
And whenever I get that urge I’ll look at random books. The most recent advice I can offer from doing that is that it’s a good idea to avoid the title Web Design Workshop by Robin Williams. While the book claims to be for people who know
the basics, their measure for
the basics is fairly low; Slightly above unassisted breathing. The graphics on their chapter title pages are awful and it’s not so easy to spot the correct and useful hints between the useless blabber and Photoshop love. Perhaps the fact that their first sections are ‘A visual glossary’, ‘Clip Art, Stock Images, and Groovy Fonts’ and ‘Spiff up Your Photographs’ are enough of a hint that the library wasted money here.
Perhaps the book wouldn’t have been too bad in the mid 1990s as it at least attempts to put a bit of focus on the structure of a web page as well. But seeing that it was published in 2002, ruins even that point and turns it into a waste of trees.
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