Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics and Beyond

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In Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond, author Jennifer Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of web design experience, both as a designer and as a teacher. This book starts from the very beginning?defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs?so you don't have to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works. Jennifer helps you build the solid foundation in HTML, graphics, and design principles that you need for crafting effective web pages. She also ...

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Overview

In Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond, author Jennifer Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of web design experience, both as a designer and as a teacher. This book starts from the very beginning—defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs—so you don't have to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works. Jennifer helps you build the solid foundation in HTML, graphics, and design principles that you need for crafting effective web pages. She also explains the nature of the medium and unpacks the web design process from conceptualization to the final result.

Learning Web Design:

  • Covers the nuts and bolts of basic HTML, with detailed examples that illustrate how to format text, add graphic elements, make links, create tables and frames, and use color on the Web. In addition to a rundown on each HTML tag, there are tips on using three popular authoring programs: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive, and Microsoft FrontPage.
  • Explains whether to use GIFs or JPEGs for different types of images and includes important tips on optimizing graphics for web delivery. The book also demonstrates step-by-step graphics creation using three popular web graphic tools: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks, and JASC Paint Shop Pro.
  • Offers a tutorial on building usable web sites that covers information design, interface design, and navigation systems.
  • Provides dozens of web design DOs and DON'Ts, to help you make good web design decisions and avoid common beginner traps.

Unlike other beginning books, Learning Web Design leaves no holes in your education. It gives you everything you need to create basic web sites, and will prepare you for more advanced web work. If you are interested in web design, this book is the place to start. After finishing it, you'll be ready for the author's bestselling companion reference, Web Design in a Nutshell.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780596000363
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/8/2001
  • Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly), and has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Getting Started
1 Where Do I Start? 3
2 How the Web Works 13
3 Getting Your Pages on the Web 23
4 Why Web Design Isn't Like Print Design 37
5 The Web Design Process 49
Pt. II Learning HTML
6 Creating a Simple Page (HTML Overview) 59
7 Formatting Text 77
8 Adding Graphic Elements 109
9 Adding Links 129
10 Tables 149
11 Frames 179
12 Color on the Web 199
Pt. III Creating Web Graphics
13 All About Web Graphics 215
14 Creating GIFs 229
15 Creating JPEGs 259
16 Animated GIFs 273
Pt. IV Form and Function
17 Web Design Techniques 285
18 Building Usable Web Sites 313
19 Web Design Dos and Don'ts 343
20 How'd They Do That: An Introduction to Advanced Techniques 357
Glossary 375
Index 379
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    Very very Cool!

    I'm always looking for good books about learning web design because in my opinion, it's a good skill to know whether you design sites for fun or professionally. Virtually everyone online it seems has a web site and it's better at least in my opinion what not to do with a web site before you learn what is right to do with one. This book goes into some of that and also goes into great detail to explain the basics of the web, the 'tools of the trade' (formatting text, links, tables, frames, and creating graphics to name a few topics), and ties them all together in a very easily and entertaining read. Not only is it a wonderful introduction to web design, but it's also a book you can refer to when you are doing an intricate frame or table for example and run into a problem. As with other O'Reilly books, there's a glossary of terms in the back of the book. What differs with this book as opposed to other O'Reilly books are the number of diagrams and examples, which make it that much easier to grasp a concept or idea the author is trying to get across. And in fact it's one of many things that I loved about this book, the number of concepts the author got across, along with numerous examples and also how to do a particular task in DreamWeaver, Adobe's GoLive and Microsoft FrontPage. If you're a beginning or intermediate web designer (or even a more advanced designer looking to pick up a 'few added tricks'), this book is well worth your time.

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