Learning Web Design

Niederst, Jennifer, Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond, O'Reilly, 2001 Niederst comes from a background as a web designer, and a teacher of web design. Aimed at the beginner, it also prepares the reader for more advanced work. She stresses that there is no need to learn everything, but that it is good to recognise the elements of a web page, so that they can be investigated further if required. She assumes…

Effective Web Design

Navarro, Ann, Effective Web Design, Sybex, 2001 (2nd Edition)Navarro runs an Internet consultancy, is a member of the HTML Writers Guild, and works with W3C which strives to set standards on the Internet. The book is largely a 'how to' book, although she identifies design, time, financial and legal constraints (including recent issues such as copyright and privacy laws) on the scope and development of a site. Sites should be planned on paper first, the purpose and audience…

The Elements of User Interface Design

Mandel, Theo, The Elements of User Interface Design, Wiley, 1997 Mandel trained as a cognitive psychologist. The book largely focuses on software application design and testing, but it was being recognised that the web was starting to have an impact, Chapter 16 focuses on the web, and a lot of the other design principles apply to web design. Interaction is defined for people by their past experience and expectations, and if something doesn't work as expected, people…

Don't Make Me Think

Krug, Steve, Don't Make Me Think, New Riders, 2000 Krug used to write computer manuals, but in 1989 changed to usability testing and interface design. He advocates a common sense approach to web design, and says that there is no 'right' way to design, but there are guiding principles that are already accepted, although all are learning their way through a new medium. Krug is a big fan of the Amazon website, and the book has many illustrations…

Web Pages That Suck

Flanders, Vincent & Willis, Michael, Web Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design by Looking at Bad Design, Sybex, 1998 Flanders was a webmaster for Lightspeed Net until 1997, having previously completed a degree focusing on the classical Greeks, where he appreciated the Greek ideas of moderation, proportion and beauty, which he feels can be applied to web design. He also taught HTML to various businesses, designing a website demonstrating bad design, so that his pupils would not repeat…