Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2003
Pages: 496

In Learning Web Design, author Jennifer Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of web design experience, both as a designer and a teacher. This book starts from the beginning-- defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs -- so you don't need to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works. After reading this book, you'll have a solid foundation in HTML, graphics, and design principles that you can immediately put to use in creating effective web pages.

In the second edition, Jennifer has updated the book to cover style sheets and reflect current web standards. She has also added exercises that help you to learn various techniques and short quizzes that make sure you're up to speed with key concepts. The companion CD-ROM contains material for all the exercises in the book, as well as trial versions of Fireworks® MX, and HomeSite™ 5; Adobe ® Photoshop® 7, ImageReady® 7, and BBEdit 7.

Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition:

  • Covers the nuts and bolts of basic HTML and style sheets, with detailed examples of formatting text, adding graphic elements, making links, creating tables and frames, and using color on the Web.
  • Explains whether to use GIFs or JPEGs for different types of images, and includes important tips on optimizing graphics for web delivery.
  • Provides dozens of web design do and don'ts, to help you make good web design decisions and avoid common beginner traps.
  • Contains hands-on exercises throughout the book that allow you to try out new techniques along the way.
Unlike other beginner 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.

Fireworks and HomeSite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Adobe, ImageReady, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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Excellente book

By Espositabella

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This is a very good book for those who wants to design a website and also more.

I really recommend it.


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By Mitch Lowry from the Columbia Java Users Group

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This book starts with the premise that you have no web development experience and you do not want to program. The book is divided into four parts that cover an overview of web development, an html tutorial, graphics for the web, and web site design. Within each section, a different subject is addressed in every chapter. While each chapter starts at a very basic level, enough material is taught to give the reader a good start in each of the subjects. I particularly liked the way style sheets and links were covered. The book is replete with tips, illustrations, and code examples to assist the reader. There are exercises to reinforce the information for most of the topics covered.

The format of the book is different than most of the O'Reilly books that I have read in the past. The larger format of the book with the better paper and more graphics add to the learning experience especially with this subject. This was a fun book to read, even though I was familiar with most of the material. I was mainly interested in the graphics section and web design. Apparently, my interests coincided with those of the author's because I feel that those sections are the strongest in the book.

My only slight criticism of this book might be that while the reader is probably a beginner, most of the graphics examples are done with Photoshop or Fireworks. These tools may be a bit out of budget for the fledgling web designer. This book is a good starting point, but the reader probably will need to follow it with something more substantial.


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By George Woolley, Oakland.pm

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A very good book.

My recommendation is that you check this book out

at your local book store.

My view is that it is a well designed book

by a professional web designer/ teacher.

If you are a beginner, but serious about web design,

I think you'll likely want to get this book once you've seen it.

In my opinion,

it would be a very good book for most beginning web designers

and for some experienced web designers too, if they want to review basics.

The book seems to be aimed at beginning web designers:

who will be doing their web design on a MAC or under Windows

(and not on Linux/Unix)

who will be using a WYSIWYG web page design tool

(such as Dreamweaver or Go Live)

I suggest you take this into account when you consider acquiring this book.

For more, see

my detailed review.

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