Web Menus with Beauty and Brains

Web Menus with Beauty and Brains

by Wendy Peck
     
 
"Wendy demystifies menus with her trademark humor and approachable writing styles." --Andy King, founder WebReference.com

"What a terrific idea! A book like this is sorely needed." --Linda Rathgeber, Team Macromedia member and coauthor of Playing With Fire

Well-designed Web menus are the key to successful sites. This unique guide shows you how to create attractive

Overview

"Wendy demystifies menus with her trademark humor and approachable writing styles." --Andy King, founder WebReference.com

"What a terrific idea! A book like this is sorely needed." --Linda Rathgeber, Team Macromedia member and coauthor of Playing With Fire

Well-designed Web menus are the key to successful sites. This unique guide shows you how to create attractive, well-thought-out menu systems that draw visitors in -- and keep them coming back.

Using Web-tested creative advice, handy checklists, and lots of hands-on examples featuring Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash, Paint Shop Pro, Dreamweaver, CSS, and DHTML, Web designer Wendy Peck explains step by step how to put together a wide range of intuitive, easy-to-use menus and menu systems. Whether you want to keep your site simple by using only text and typography or take your site to the edge with complex rollovers, drop-downs, and animations, this guide makes building great menus easy -- and keeps site visitors happy.

CD-ROM includes:
* Ready-to-use menu templates and examples
* Macromedia Flash 5, Fireworks 4, and Dreamweaver 4 trial versions
* Adobe Photoshop 6 and GoLive 5 tryout versions
* JASC Paint Shop Pro 7 evaluation version

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...an informative guide...offers a detailed examination of web menus and provides you with all the advice you need..." (What PC, October 2002)
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The Barnes & Noble Review
An entire book on web menus? Heck, yes. Web menus are where the "rubber meets the road." They're where designers must translate all that fancy, high-falutin' talk about navigation and usability into solutions that work. In this book, long-time Webreference.com columnist Wendy Peck shows how.

The emphasis is on the second half of the title: delivering menus with both beauty and intelligence, menus that respect the goals of the site -- and the visitor. You'll get your hands grubby with plenty of examples -- examples using Photoshop/ImageReady, Fireworks and Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, and more.

Peck covers the full gamut of menu design, ranging from simple lightweight text (even creating wireless device menus) all the way up to Flash (very cool, but with a couple of huge limitations). There's extensive practical coverage of Cascading Style Sheets, and of tables -- especially, how to avoid the stupid browser inconsistencies that still plague web designers. Speaking of which, Peck walks you through creating menus with server-side includes, which are cross-browser safe because your server's doing the processing.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains a batch of easy-to-adapt menu templates that put the final polish on a book working web designers will love. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey–based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764536434
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Peck is a Web designer and computer graphics trainer with more than a dozen years of graphic design experience. She writes the popular WebReferenec.com column "Production Graphics" and is the author of Dreamweaver 4 Weekend Crash Course.

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