Christopher Schmitt is the founder of Heatvision.com, Inc., an Austin-based new media publishing and design firm. An award-winning web designer who has been working in the medium for twenty years, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman as an undergraduate at Florida State University. He has a Masters in Communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies, and is the author of six books, Including CSS Cookbook, which was named Best Web Design Book of 2006.
Designing Web and Mobile Graphics: Fundamental concepts for web and interactive projectsby Christopher Schmitt
Graphics are key to the user experience of online content, especially now that users are accessing that content on a multitude of devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. This book provides foundational methodology for optimal use of graphics that begins with HTML and CSS, and delves into the worlds of typography, color, transparency, accessibility
Graphics are key to the user experience of online content, especially now that users are accessing that content on a multitude of devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. This book provides foundational methodology for optimal use of graphics that begins with HTML and CSS, and delves into the worlds of typography, color, transparency, accessibility, imagery, and layout for optimal delivery on all the different devices people use today.
It serves beginners and intermediate web builders alike with a complete foundation needed to create successful illustrative and navigational imagery for web and mobile. Coverage includes:
- lessons on typography, icons, color, and images
- the latest information on HTML5, CSS3, and other modern technologies
- in-depth exploration of image formats: GIF, PNG, JPEG, and SVG
- ways to employ adaptive strategies for responsive web design
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- 8.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
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This is a great book for those beginning in web design. The book has a really clean layout which makes it easy to read and follow along. Christopher Schmitt touches upon each aspect of creating a web site: html and css, web typography, colors, and images, including how to handle images for a responsive website. Some history and explanations are given on each web element like bit depth or color schemes, which can be beneficial if you have no experience at all with that area. There are a couple of things that I liked about this book. First of all, the book has lots of visuals for you. He doesn’t just talk about an element, he also shows you what he is talking about. Screenshots are given of how the resulting code should look onscreen when working with html and css as well as things like a chart of multiple variations of a photo to demonstrate the differences between a maximum quality JPEG to a 2bit dithered PNG. When talking about tools like Google Analytics, he gives you step by step instructions along with screenshots of each setup screen so you can follow along. Secondly, he has lots and lots of web site references to help you with creating and testing your web site. His warning tips and his chapter on Challenges in Web Design are also helpful in getting information about any possible conflicts when working with a certain element. If you are looking for a book that gives you a good start on web design and creating images, this is your book.