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Creating Killer Web Sites
     

Creating Killer Web Sites

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by David Siegel
 
Though there are already books about Web design, most are technical in nature, and none take this case study approach. The primary focus is on Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer s HTML extensions, with new material devoted to new tags.
  • The update to the best-selling Creating Killer Web Sites by David Siegel
  • Updated information covering new

Overview

Though there are already books about Web design, most are technical in nature, and none take this case study approach. The primary focus is on Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer s HTML extensions, with new material devoted to new tags.

  • The update to the best-selling Creating Killer Web Sites by David Siegel
  • Updated information covering new tricks and techniques for use with the latest browser releases is integrated throughout the text
  • Four-color, stunning design and examples of the best Web sites

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Explains the conception, design, and construction of third-generation Web sites, encouraging resistance to the urge to build sites with the latest technical gizmos. Part I covers basics of theory, structure, implementation, and tools, and Part II details case studies of four sites, showcasing real-life design solutions from the Web. Part III covers style sheets and strategies for use during the coming Web browser transitions. Includes color illustrations on every page. This revised edition of 1996's instant online classic contains some 100 new pages and 150 new illustrations, with a new chapter on style sheets.
Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Ray Duncan

Beyond the Valley of the HTMLs

By Siegel's criteria, a first-generation Web site is characterized by seemingly endless pages of wall-to-wall text and lists of hot-links. These sites were the norm two years ago and are unfortunately still quite common today. A second-generation Web site employs in-line graphics, background colors or tiled images, and tables, but is still based on a fairly simple top-down, hierarchical model. Second generation sites are the norm in 1996. A third-generation Web site, on the other hand,

"... uses typographic and visual layout principles to describe a page in two dimensions. Third-generation site designers carefully specify the position and relationships of all elements on the page, retaining fine control of the layout. Third-generation sites use metaphor and visual theme to entice and guide, creating a whole experience for surfers from the first splash screen to the exit."

This is not your mother's book on document tagging and setting up an http server. David Siegel, who approaches the World Wide Web as a medium for artistic expression from the viewpoint of a typographer and graphic designer, has little patience with HTML in its present form. In fact, his main approach to creating a web site is to mock up the pages in Adobe Photoshop, then draw from a hefty toolbox of GIF/JPEG tricks and HTML tweaks until he can exactly reproduce the look he got in the Photoshop documents.

Although I have been creating and administering web sites for a couple of years now, reading this sophisticated, challenging book was a real consciousness-raising experience. The book itself is beautifully designed, if a bit busy visually, and contains countless useful concepts and techniques that you can put to use immediately. The discussions of color cubes, palettes, animated GIFs, and PDF files are particularly unique and valuable.

The book is supported by a dedicated Web site, which contains examples from the book, supplementary materials, and links to award-winning "third-generation" sites elsewhere.--Dr. Dobb's Electronic Review of Computer Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568304335
Publisher:
New Riders
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
Voices That Matter Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 10.03(h) x 0.73(d)

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Creating Killer Web Sites 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book flys past the competition with full color photos and awesome in-depth help to create the worlds highest, demanding, useful, entertaining websites!!!!!!! A must for all webmasters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the absolute best book that I have read about website design. I could not put it down. It is fast-paced reading if you are interested in the subject. This book helped me to get rid of my ugly first generation site and create something that I hope will keep people coming back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. I went out and bought it. Though it is old technology there are plenty of good instructions for building today's demanding and tough web pages. L from NY
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have used David Siegel's great book for teaching advanced classes in web communication for a while and it is the best book on the subject i have ever read. It has changed my outlook on how a website can be designed. Way to go, David, I'm looking forward to your next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its mega rad dude, ya shold read it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome tips on Palette, web design and Photoshop. It took me from archaic generation to 3rd in 1 month and it help me keep my visitors happy by having a fast loading webpage without losing the quality of the images or the design of the page. A lot of help in the alignment for every resolution and tips on monitors.