The Web Designer’sRoadmap
Curious to see what we’ve got in store for you?
Good, because there’s plenty of meaty technique to get your teeth into along with lots of tips and tricks. Have a look through the table of contents to see what’s covered.
Table of Contents
About the Author
- Who Should Read This Book
- What's in This Book
- Where to Find Help
- The SitePoint Newsletters
- Your Feedback
- Conventions Used in This Book
1. Beauty, Creativity, and Inspiration
- Aesthetics: It's More than a Pretty Picture
- What is beauty?
- Drawing a blank? Let's Look at Dribbble
- Creativity: Don't Think about Pink Elephants
- Inspired By and Inspired To
- Spectrumagic: Our Design Project
- What have we learned?
2. It Ain't Over Till It's Over: A Bit of Design History
- Breaking the Cycle
- The Parable of Cynthia
- Art History 101: Just Enough to Be Dangerous
- Newspapers: How do you surf the Web on those?
- The New Kids
- Condensed Fonts, Horn-rimmed Glasses, and Flow Charts
3. Gathering Resources: That Rucksack Has a Lot of Pockets
- Communicating with Clients
- Getting What You Need: Grab Your Compass and Bowie Knife
- Research: What's the competition doing?
- Check Your Files: Dredging Up the Past
- Color Palettes
- Learning from Other Industries
- Feeling Resourceful
4. Form and Function
- Why not go straight to Photoshop?
- Structure and Form
- The Problem with Templates and Why You'll Still Use Them
- Designing for Multiple Form Factors
- Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
5. Design Patterns: Tried and Trusted Solutions
- How does this relate to web design?
- Am I ripping people off?
- Types of Design Patterns
- Great, but where's the list of design patterns?
- Mistaking Trends and Fashion for Design Patterns
- Rounded corners, inset text, and ribbons?
6. Conceptual Design and Our Color Project
- Where do we go from here?
- Conceptual Design: Just a Little Black Magic
- Practical Implementation of an Idea
- When Not to Be Clever
- The Final Mockups
- Intuitive Design
- Don't Go Home Just Yet
7. Designing in the Wild
- Get Over the Failings of Technology
- Pushing the Medium
- The Reality of Money: The Root of All Compromise
- Goodbye and Good Luck
- Example Project: Work through wireframes, mockups, and final designs for the Spectrumagic project.
- Design Questionnaire: A punch list of questions to ask your clients before beginning a design project.
- Secrets from the Pros: Daniel Burka, Donald Norman, Jessica Hische, and a host of experts share their design insights.
The Web Designer’s Roadmap is a book designed to explore the relationship between the creative process and the production pipeline for websites … I show that creativity is a process that can be learned and explored, that technology should be employed in the service of the content, not the other way around. (As designers) … we are the architects of a future that can be amazingly beautiful.…