Web Graphics & Design Books
Presented in an A-Z fashion, this incredible book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about typefaces, typography and the printed page - from specific fonts to the essential tools.
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The fonts represent the typographic spectrum and they are all put into historical context. There's even a pangram to show the entire alphabetic range of each one. A chapter on anatomy deconstructs the letters to show their anatomical structures and explains terms including bowl, crossbar, finial, ligature and spur.
The final chapter examines the myriad signs, symbols and punctuation marks that add extra meaning and nuance to words displayed on a printed page.
Get the most out of typography in your web applications, and understand why typography is a critical component of Responsive Web Design. With this practical book, designers and developers alike will learn the nuts and bolts of implementing web fonts well, especially how to get the best appearance from type without sacrificing performance. For typography to be truly responsive, it must be Performant, Progressive, Proportional, and Polished. This book will show you how to get there.
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The Web Designer's Idea Book includes more than 700 websites arranged thematically, so you can find inspiration for layout, color, style and more. Author Patrick McNeil has cataloged more than 5,000 sites on his website, and showcased in this book are the very best examples.
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Photoshop CS6 is truly amazing, but it can also be overwhelming if you're just getting started. This book makes learning Photoshop a breeze by explaining things in a friendly, conversational style - without technical jargon. After a thorough introduction to the program, you'll delve deep into Photoshop's secrets with expert tips and practical advice you can use every day. The important stuff you need to know: Learn your way around. Get a guided tour of Photoshop's beautiful new workspace. Unlock the magic. Discover the most practical ways to use layers, channels, masks, paths, and other tools. Fine-tune your images. Learn techniques for cropping, retouching, and combining photos. Play with color. Drain, change, and add color; and create gorgeous black-and-whites and duotones. Be artistic. Create original illustrations and paintings, use text and filters effectively, and edit video clips. Share your work. Produce great-looking images for print and the Web. Work smarter and faster. Automate common chores and install plug-ins for complex tasks.
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All you need to know on web design in a thorough new edition If you want just one complete reference on web design, this book is it. The newest edition of this essential guide features 650+ pages on the latest tools and new web design standards, such as HTML5, CSS 3, and other core technologies and page-building strategies. Five minibooks provide deep coverage: essential pre-design considerations, how to establish the look of your site, building a site, how to test your site, and taking your site public. Design professional and author Sue Jenkins understands what designers need and gives you the answers. Thorough revision brings you up to date on the latest changes in the world of web design Features five minibooks that cover all the bases: Getting Started, Designing for the Web, Building the Site, Standards and Testing, and Publishing and Site Maintenance Covers the latest tools, page-building strategies, and emerging technologies, such as HTML5 and CSS 3 Includes over 650 pages of detail on such topics as establishing audience focus, creating content, using mock-ups and storyboards to establish the look, how to design for text and images, testing your site, and more If you're looking for an in-depth reference on all aspects of designing and building a site and taking it live, Web Design All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the book.
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As PDF continues to become the mandated standard for digital documents around the world, developers are frequently looking to build new tools (or improve existing ones) for creating or consuming these documents. This book will provide those developers with a deeper understanding of many aspects of the PDF file format while introducing best practices for producing, manipulating and consuming documents that comply with the international standard.
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Take your idea from concept to production with this unique guide. Whether it's called physical computing, ubiquitous computing, or the Internet of Things, it's a hot topic in technology: how to channel your inner Steve Jobs and successfully combine hardware, embedded software, web services, electronics, and cool design to create cutting-edge devices that are fun, interactive, and practical. If you'd like to create the next must-have product, this unique book is the perfect place to start. Both a creative and practical primer, it explores the platforms you can use to develop hardware or software, discusses design concepts that will make your products eye-catching and appealing, and shows you ways to scale up from a single prototype to mass production. Features: helps software engineers, web designers, product designers, and electronics engineers start designing products using the Internet-of-Things approach; explains how to combine sensors, servos, robotics, Arduino chips, and more with various networks or the Internet, to create interactive, cutting-edge devices; and provides an overview of the necessary steps to take your idea from concept through production. If you'd like to design for the future, "Designing the Internet of Things" is a great place to start.
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Learn how to design websites that are engaging and responsive no matter which device is used to access them. This guide teaches you responsive design, using HTML5 best practices, CSS techniques, design principles and considerations, and accessibility concerns. Author Clarissa Peterson approaches responsive design techniques as part of a core set of skills all designers should possess, rather than as an add-on skill for advanced web developers. This book is ideal for any website designer, UX professional, or frontend engineer.
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Design a product user experience that works well on an entire ecosystem of mobile and desktop devices. With this guide, you'll learn how to tackle the unique challenges involved in building multi-screen experiences, using three main design patterns - Consistent, Complementary and Continuous - known as "The 3 C's." Author Michal Levin, a UX designer at Google, explains each pattern and demonstrates their application in the wild. The book also covers cross-device flow, data synchronization, flexible design, and visual design. You'll learn about data analytics paradigms to measure the performance of your multi-screen UX designs.
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Build Your Own Website is a fun, beginner-friendly introduction to the basics of designing a website. This cartoon tale shows you how to get a site up and running using WordPress and your newfound knowledge of HTML and CSS. As you follow the illustrated adventures of Kim and her dog, Tofu, you'll slay 404-error dragons and learn helpful tips from the Web Guru's HTML scrolls and Glinda, the Good Witch of CSS. This book is a perfect starting point for that precocious kid eager to make their mark on the web, tech-phobic adults who need a non-threatening guide, or creative types who have lots of great design ideas, but get a little queasy at the sight of HTML. Build Your Own Website makes getting started with Web design easy and fun, and it will unlock the keys to the Internet for a host of eager beginners.
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CSS3 is the technology behind most of the eye-catching visuals on the Web. But the docs can be dry, murky, and full of dastardly caveats for inconsistent browser implementations.This completely updated second edition of the best-selling "Book of CSS3" distills the dense technical language of the CSS3 specification into plain English and shows you what CSS3 can do now, in all major browsers. You'll find fully revised coverage of the updated syntax of gradients, grids, and flexible box layout, as well as all-new chapters on values and sizing, and graphical effects like filter effects and blend modes.With an abundance of real-world examples and a focus on the principles of good design, "The Book of CSS3" will help you expand your CSS skills, as you learn how to: Style text with custom font choices, drop shadows, and other effectsCreate, position, and resize background images on the flySpice up static web pages with event-driven transitions and animationsApply 2D and 3D transformations to text and imagesUse linear and radial gradients to create smooth color transitionsTake control of layout with grids, columns, and flexible alignmentTailor a website's appearance to every type of web-capable deviceThe companion website includes up-to-date browser compatibility charts, links to tutorials and resources, and live CSS3 examples.The Web can be an ugly place. Make it pretty with "The Book of CSS3."
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Discover the latest trends in web design! Looking for inspiration for your latest web design project? Expert Patrick McNeil, author of the popular Web Designer's Idea Book series, is back with all new examples of today's best website design. Featuring more than 650 examples of the latest trends, this fourth volume of The Web Designer's Idea Book is overflowing with visual inspiration. Arranged categorically, this fully illustrated guide puts important topics like design styles, elements, themes and responsive design at your fingertips. This new volume also includes a detailed discussion of portfolios to help you stay ahead of the pack and keep your portfolio fresh and relevant. The world of web design is constantly reinventing itself. Stay on top of what's hot with the latest installment of this indispensable reference.
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Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With nothing more than an ordinary PC, some raw ambition, and this book, you'll learn how to create and maintain a professional-looking, visitor-friendly site. With step-by-step instructions and hundreds of examples, the fourth edition of this Missing Manual gives you all the tools, techniques, and expert advice you need. The book's clear, knowledgeable guidance takes you from the simplest Web-creation task - writing their first line of HTML - all the way to building complex web pages, with components like interactive page elements, audio, video, and e-commerce capability. The important stuff you need to know Plan your site. Create web pages by learning the basics of HTML and HTML5. Control page design with CSS. Format text, images, links, tables, and other elements. Attract visitors. Ensure that people can find your site through popular search engines. Build a community. Add forums, fresh content, and a feedback form to encourage repeat visits. Get smart. Use free tools to identify your site's strengths and weaknesses. Create your own blog. Post your musings with a free blog-hosting service.Bring in cash. Host Google ads, sell Amazon's wares, or push your own products. Add pizzazz. Include audio, video, interactive menus, and more
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Get a Jump Start on the up and coming power tool on the design scene, Sketch! Sketch is fast becoming a favorite tool of modern web designers. With a simple, clean UI, and a raft of powerful features, such as intuitive grids, unlimited artboards, and granular export, Sketch is a great tool for web design; it's easy to see why so many top designers are adding it to their toolbox. This book provides a rapid and practical introduction to using Sketch for web design. If you're currently a Photoshop user, you'll quickly understand how Sketch can supercharge your design process. See how Sketch compares to Photoshop, and when to use one over the other Get to grips with Sketch's UI Use Sketch's built-in layout grid Add plugins to Sketch to boost functionality Export your designs into ready-to-use HTML and CSS And much more!
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A recent study found that on average, designing a form to have a great user experience almost doubled the rate of successful first-time completions. For example, Ebay made an additional $USD 500 million annually from redesigning ?just the button? on one? of their mobile form screens. More conversions, fewer dissatisfied users, better return on investment. Can you afford ?not to improve your forms' user experiences? This book will walk you through every part of designing a great forms user experience. From the words, to how the form looks, and on to interactivity, you'll learn how to design a web form that works beautifully on mobiles, laptops and?desktops. Filled with practical and engaging insights, and plenty of real-world examples, both good and bad. You'll learn answers to common queries like: Where should field labels go? What makes a question easy to understand? How do you design forms to work on small screens? How does touch impact on form design? How long can a form be? What look and feel should the form have: skeumorphic, flat, or something else? What's best practice for error messaging?
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Good UX is based on evidence; qualitative evidence, such as user testing and field research, can only get you so far. What you need is quantitative evidence: analytics. This book will show you, step-by-step, how you can use website and app analytics data to inform design choices and definitively improve uset experience. Offering practical guidelines, with plenty of detailed examples, this book covers: Why you need to gather analytics data for your UX projects Getting set up with analytics tools Analyzing data How to find problems in your analytics Use analytics to aid user research Measure and report on outcomes
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Looking to select a web content management system (CMS), but confused about the promises, terminology, and buzzwords? Do you want to understand content management without having to dive into the underlying programming? This book provides a clear, unbiased overview of the entire CMS ecosystem-from platforms to implementations-in a language- and platform-agnostic manner for project managers, executives, and new developers alike. Author Deane Barker, a CMS consultant with almost two decades of experience, helps you explore many different systems, technologies, and platforms. By the end of the book, you'll have the knowledge necessary to make decisions about features, architectures, and implementation methods to ensure that your project solves the right problems. Learn what content is, how to compare different systems, and what the roles of a CMS team are Understand how a modern CMS models and aggregates content, coordinates workflow, and manages assets Explore the scope and structure of a CMS implementation project Learn the process and best practices for successfully running your CMS implementation Examine the practice of migrating web content, and learn how to work with an external CMS integrator
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Design has become the key link between users and today's complex and rapidly evolving digital experiences, and designers are starting to be included in strategic conversations about the products and services that enterprises ultimately deliver. This has led to companies building in-house digital/experience design teams at unprecedented rates, but many of them don't understand how to get the most out of their investment. This practical guide provides guidelines for creating and leading design teams within your organization, and explores ways to use design as part of broader strategic planning. You'll discover: Why design's role has evolved in the digital age How to infuse design into every product and service experience The 12 qualities of effective design organizations How to structure your design team through a Centralized Partnership Design team roles and evolution The process of recruiting and hiring designers How to manage your design team and promote professional growth
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Learn how to convert website visitors into customers Part science and part art, conversion optimization is designed to turn visitors into customers. Carefully developed testing procedures are necessary to help you fine-tune images, headlines, navigation, colors, buttons, and every other element, creating a website that encourages visitors to take the action you seek. This book guides you through creating an optimization strategy that supports your business goals, using appropriate analytics tools, generating quality testing ideas, running online experiments, and making the adjustments that work. * Conversion optimization is part science and part art; this guide provides step-by-step guidance to help you optimize your website for maximum conversion rates * Explains how to analyze data, prioritize experiment opportunities, and choose the right testing methods * Helps you learn what to adjust, how to do it, and how to analyze the results * Features hands-on exercises, case studies, and a full-color insert reinforcing key tactics * Author has used these techniques to assist Fortune 500 clients You Should Test That explains both the "why" and the "how" of conversion optimization, helping you maximize the value of your website.
From Alexa to Siri and from Slack bots to SMS and email bots, we rely more and more on software-driven conversational apps. In this practical guide, author Amir Shevat shows you how to design and build great conversational experiences and delightful bots that makes people s life more fun and productive. You ll explore several real-world bot examples to understand what works and what doesn t, and learn practical design patterns for your own bot-building toolbox. This book is ideal for beginners and intermediate designers, as well as senior professionals exploring the conversational user experience paradigm. No coding experience or prior knowledge of conversational UI is required. * Learn what bots are, and understand bot types and major components that compose a bot* Explore different use-cases of bots and best practices around these use cases* Examine real-life examples and learn from their experience* Understand the bot anatomy (Onboarding, Notifications, Conversations, Advance UI controls) and their associated design patterns* Prototype your own first bot and experiment with user feedback"
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