Great Web Architecture is a full-color exploration of today's best solutions for site structure, navigation, and visual identity, and how these solutions can be integrated into sites that are exceptionally compelling, useful, and coherent.
As author Clay Andres says, when you look at a Web site, "you are seeing the solution to a specific set of business and design problems. But things look very different when you begin to work on a Web site. In most cases, the problem isn't well defined, which makes the process of site development one of mutual discovery for clients and designers." That's why this book is so valuable. Andres takes you beneath the surface to see what works, and why it works. How do you define the design elements that make a site memorable? Why are certain color and font choices made? What's the best way to incorporate multimedia into the structure of a site?
Along the way, Andres answers questions many web designers are only beginning to ask. When should site hierarchies be visible, and when hidden? What makes a great content site? A great commerce site? How do you build a site that builds a brand? How do you architect for easier long-term maintenance?
The examples are great, the commentary outstanding. Great Web Architecture should be on every serious web designer's bookshelf.