Head First Web Design: A Learner's Companion to Accessible, Usable, Engaging Websites

Head First Web Design: A Learner's Companion to Accessible, Usable, Engaging Websites

by Ethan Watrall, Jeff Siarto


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Want to know how to make your pages look beautiful, communicate your message effectively, guide visitors through your website with ease, and get everything approved by the accessibility and usability police at the same time? Head First Web Design is your ticket to mastering all of these complex topics, and understanding what's really going on in the world of web design.

Whether you're building a personal blog or a corporate website, there's a lot more to web design than div's and CSS selectors, but what do you really need to know? With this book, you'll learn the secrets of designing effective, user-friendly sites, from customer requirements to hand-drawn storyboards all the way to finished HTML and CSS creations that offer an unforgettable online presence.

The revised two-color edition of this book includes a free online version of the chapter on web color. You can easily access this chapter at Oreilly.com once you register your book.

Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Web Design uses a visually rich format specifically designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596520304
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/02/2009
Series: Head First Series
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ethan Watrall is a professor at Michigan State University where, among other things, he teaches user centered design, interactive design, interactive storytelling, game design, and game studies. He has also written several books on web and interactive design. His digital alter ego can be found at http://www.captainprimate.com

Jeff Siarto is a Web and User Experience designer living in Chicago. He is the founder of Siarto Labs, a small design company and co-founder of Loudpixel, a consultancy specializing in web development and online learning. Jeff was a student of the standards-based web design movement and writes articles and tutorials aimed at helping new web designers get started in the craft.

Table of Contents

Head First Web Design

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How to Use This Book: Intro

Chapter 1: Building Beautiful Web Pages: Beauty is in the eye of your user

Chapter 2: Pre-Production: Paper covers rock

Chapter 3: Organizing Your Site: “So you take a left at the green water tower...”

Chapter 4: Layout and Design: Follow the Golden Rule

Chapter 5: Designing With Color: Moving Beyond Monochrome

Chapter 6: Smart Navigation: “In 2 Seconds, Click ‘Home’.”

Chapter 7: Writing for the Web: Yes, You Scan!

Chapter 8: Accessibility: Inaccessibility Kills

Chapter 9: Listen to Your Users: The Pathway to Harmonious Design

Chapter 10: Evolutionary Design: Keeping your site fresh

Chapter 11: The Business of Web Design: Mind Your Own Business

Leftovers: The Top Ten Things (we didn’t cover)

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Head First Web Design: A Learner's Companion to Accessible, Usable, Engaging Websites 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sattar More than 1 year ago
Pros: Easy read. Helpful methodologies. Good references. I have to admit that I found the format of this book interesting. The writers' tried to inject a lot of character, color and some lightheartedness into something that can become very dry reading. Some aspects becoming tiring after a while, but an overall good job. There are some good strategies here. The books delivers good pointers on how to handle information architecture, lay out a web page and color theory. I also appreciated that the book was sprinkled with links to great online resources for site designers and ideas on how to moved forward once you've read the book. Cons: Needs more meat This book is great for folks needing to build simple web sites. That being said, I wish it could have touched a little more on the back-end, server side of developing a web site. It did touch on how to build a blog, but I would have like more discussion on database technologies and how to build an application. Still a nice job and I learned a few things.
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