Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide To HTML, Graphics, And Beyond

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In Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond, author Jennifer Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of web design experience, both as a designer and as a teacher. This book starts from the very beginning--defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs--so you don't have to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works. Jennifer helps you build the solid foundation in HTML, graphics, and design principles that you need for crafting effective web pages. She also explains the nature of the medium and unpacks the web design process from conceptualization to the final result.Learning Web Design:

  • Covers the nuts and bolts of basic HTML, with detailed examples that illustrate how to format text, add graphic elements, make links, create tables and frames, and use color on the Web. In addition to a rundown on each HTML tag, there are tips on using three popular authoring programs: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive, and Microsoft FrontPage.
  • Explains whether to use GIFs or JPEGs for different types of images and includes important tips on optimizing graphics for web delivery. The book also demonstrates step-by-step graphics creation using three popular web graphic tools: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks, and JASC Paint Shop Pro.
  • Offers a tutorial on building usable web sites that covers information design, interface design, and navigation systems.
  • Provides dozens of web design DOs and DON'Ts, to help you make good web design decisions and avoid common beginner traps.
Unlike other beginning 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.

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In Learning Web Design, author Jennifer Niederst Robbins shares the knowledge she's gained from years of Web design experience, both as a designer and a teacher. She has taught Web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. Since then, she has worked as the creative director of Songline Studios (a former subsidiary of O'Reilly) and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of the bestselling Web Design in a Nutshell. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.

 

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'...then this should be the very first and only book that you need, in learning the basics.' www.four-runner.com 'The bestselling author of Web Design in a Nutshell now offers the perfect manual for anyone starting out in Web design.This is a competent manual that provides a good overview of the relevant skills, but don't expect details on XML. Why buy several books to get started when one is all you need". Computer Arts, July (4/5) 'From registering your domain name to cascading style sheets; with pointers at every section to help the user to find out more; this book should be in every casual web designers library.' Ping, March 2002

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