Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Robin Williams Web Design Workshop

By Robin Williams, John Tollett, and David Rohr

How can one know if a web site is good or bad? Are sales results the only measure? Good design and function can help build traffic to a site. Without having to read a multitude of manuals, Robin Williams Web Design Workshop simplifies what a functional and effective web site should be. This is a must read for anyone in e-commerce. And for the price of the book, you can visit the associated websites for an uplifting and educational ride into the worldwide web.

Web Design Workshop is a guide for advanced design and web principles that appeal to those with or without advanced training. While this book will not enable you to create a web site from start to finish, it will give you an “eye” for what works, looks good, or is functional on the web.

The authors cover the following:
A prelude into web basics – glossary of terms, using clip art and images, basics of photo editing, creating a horizontal design space, working with internet browser limits, and using layers to simplify your work.

Creating the plan – organization of a web site should start with a plan, targeting your web customer, tying in with the corporate brand, technical influences, browser influences, building for both computer platforms, relational mapping, tips for testing a site, and searching on the site.

Advanced techniques – breaking away from HTML, comparative essay on backgrounds, advice on navigation and buttons, and site indexes.

Movement on web pages – dynamic pages, the good and bad of frames, flash and rich media, and functional forms.

The authors show examples the good and bad of design technique. The reader is able to follow advice given through pictures.

Robin Williams makes available to readers a last chapter to the book online at The Virtual Last Chapter of the Web Design Workshop. The web site is an extension to the book offering examples displayed in an online environment. She provides basic web design education in “For Your Clients” where she lists 10 points for a non-web client about web development. And although the book was published in 2002, in her “Resource Links” the reader is brought up to date to the latest in web design and corporate links for resources.

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