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Visual Design for the Modern Web

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Visual Design for the Modern Web

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* * * Visual Design for the Modern Web by Penny McIntire ISBN: 978-0-321-51538-4 Published: 2008 Pages: 352 pp; softcover Price: $44.99

Available from: New Riders, 1249 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; (510) 524-2178; www.newriders.com

This book arose from the need for a textbook in a web design class taught by the author, a computer science professor at Northern Illinois University. It is not a book about coding or technical aspects of the web, as you might expect from a computer scientist. It is, rather, a design book that systematically presents classic design concepts and then shows how to express them on the web.

The first chapter offers a whirlwind introduction to all the pieces involved in good web design, from usability to site architecture to accessibility to visual design. Each of the remaining seven chapters takes a specific concept and describes it and then provides suggestions for how to incorporate it on the web. The chapters each end with a checklist of items to think about when designing your website. …

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