Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites: A Step-by-Step Guide

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This is not a design theory book -- it is a design instruction book.

Now, Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites makes it possible for professionals with no design background to easily and inexpensively create Web sites customized to their company's unique needs. This step-by-step guide is the first to go beyond the nuts and bolts of Web design to provide the actual templates and tools for creating a killer site. The first part of the book walks the reader through the entire process, ...

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Overview

This is not a design theory book -- it is a design instruction book.

Now, Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites makes it possible for professionals with no design background to easily and inexpensively create Web sites customized to their company's unique needs. This step-by-step guide is the first to go beyond the nuts and bolts of Web design to provide the actual templates and tools for creating a killer site. The first part of the book walks the reader through the entire process, from setting goals to planning, designing, and testing the site. Valuable features and sidebars help answer critical questions along the way, such as what kind of site, how much interactivity, and what type of technology works best for a specific business. The second half of the book deconstructs 25 finished projects and provides user-friendly templates for getting sites up and running quickly. Whether readers want to create a simple, two-color home page or a flashy, creative e-commerce site, this foolproof guide can help anyone create an effective business Web site right from their home computer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564967602
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Series: Design-It-Yourself Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Pt. 1 Step-By-Step Design 10
Step 1 Defining Your Goals 12
Step 2 The Mission Statement 14
Step 3 Doing Research 16
Step 4 Planning the Site 18
Step 5 Choosing a Design Style 20
Step 6 Choosing Your Design Tools 22
Step 7 The Design Process 24
Step 8 Technical Considerations 26
Step 9 Testing the Site 28
Pt. 2 Design Templates 30
How to Use the Templates 32
Cascading Style Sheets 34
Style 1 The Splash Page 36
Style 2 The Home Page 40
Style 3 The Design Grid 44
Style 4 Grid Design 48
Style 5 Using Angles 52
Style 6 Using Curves 58
Style 7 Using Metaphors 62
Style 8 The Rollover 66
Style 9 Creative Structuring 72
Style 10 Color Psychology 78
Style 11 Color Harmony 82
Style 12 Simplicity in Design 88
Style 13 Designing for Kids 92
Style 14 The Drop-Down Menu 98
Style 15 Top and Side Navigation 102
Style 16 Online Branding 108
Style 17 Creative Marketing 112
Style 18 Using Flash 118
Style 19 Web Interactivity 122
Style 20 The Photo Album 128
Style 21 Random Images Site 134
Style 22 E-Commerce Site 138
Style 23 Web Typography 142
Style 24 Managing Information 146
Style 25 Less Is More 152
Hexadecimal Color Conversion Table 156
Glossary 157
Index 159
About the Authors 160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Useful, easy to understand

    I have looked at many web design books, but this one actually works if you are not an artist, and not a computer geek. The book includes workable--not ugly--color schemes, and instead of just giving you 1 sample page, it includes the top page, and linked pages.

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