good Design theory and practice

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I am sure there are tons of resources out there on this topic... try
searching the web! :-)  The first I came across personally in book form (way
back when) was: "The non-designer's web book" 2nd edition (3rd edition is
now available according to Amazon) by Robin Williams and John Tollett

I would to kick off a thread on this topic.  I am interested in discussing
design irrispective of the tools you use to create the design/layout.
Undoubtly names of editors will come up but that is not the central focus...


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Re: good Design theory and practice

Tom Miller wrote:
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I'm quite fond of Robin's books, even if she does use "don't be a wimp!"
on every other page! I've recently finished reading "The non-designer's
design book", which was quite enlightening, and I'm hoping to get hold
of a copy of "The PC is not a typewriter" at some point too.

Another book that I've recently read is "CSS Mastery" by Andy Budd (with
Cameron Moll, and Simon Collison). It's great when you find a book that
makes you realise that you've been doing something all wrong for a long
time. Of course, I now have my eyes open.

Now I'll get back to reading less-technical books... I'm currently
reading "Shakespeare" by Bill Bryson, "A Tale of Two Cities" by Dickens,
and "The Zen of CSS design" by Dave Shea and Molly. I find it hard to
read one book from start to finish without reading several other books
intermittently at the same time ;)

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Re: good Design theory and practice

On Mon, 19 May 2008 11:11:26 -0500, "Tom Miller"

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How about starting with "what is the purpose of design?"

(1) look pretty at all costs
(2) maximize eyestrain
(3) require maximum labor by reader
   (a)  finding what one wants to see
   (b)  finding the links
   (c)  figuring out what the product is

In Opera I have much-used button to apply own .css which has nothing
but highly visible links.   This makes all pages readable.  The trick
is to kill the designer's design.

The worse web site I've seen recently:
It violates all 3+ of the objectives listed above.

        Mason C

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