Psst…. ‘The Principles of Beautiful Web Design’ now available here.

The Principles of Beautiful Web DesignSo, a month or two back many of you spotted Jason Beaird’s ‘The Principles of Beautiful Web Design’ in our ‘Upcoming Titles’ list and you want to know where in the Sam Hill is it?

Officially… we’re not scheduled to release it till next week.

However, given so many people are psyched about it, rather than answer one more email with ‘Hang in there — it’s coming‘, I can tell you it’s now available immediately, but only via the special link below.

https://sitepoint.com/bookstore/go/83/f1c36a/4179ea3aaf

A sneek peek insideAmazon actually have this book listed, but they’ve already sold out of their initial stock run (which they only just received a few days ago). To be honest, the popularity of this book has blown us away – it had a sales rank of #59 early in the week and #2 in the Computers & Internet category — which is a stunning result. To put that into perspective for you, in the colossal book cosmos that is Amazon, we generally consider anything under 1,000 a top seller.

Consequently, right now sitepoint.com (at this link) is the only way you can get this book online – we’re stocked up to the hilt and ready to ship now!

Color CardAnd just to sweeten the deal a little more: For a limited time we’re not only matching Amazon’s price ($26.37) but also throwing in a Handy RGB Color & Font Reference Card.

Can’t be fairer than that.

I’m not sure if this is the best book we’ve ever done, but it’s undoubtedly my favorite to date. We’ve been kicking around the idea of a ‘Design Rules for Geeks’ book for five years now, but it all seemed too hard for a long time. It’s much easier to visualize a coder’s book from the start and finding someone able to ‘think art’ but ‘speak geek’ was a tough ask. Jason not only fits the bill perfectly, but injects his strange but very enjoyable humor too.

Enough said. Check it out.

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  • Skyblaze

    nooooooooooooo….no pdf edition :(

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    nooooooooooooo….no pdf edition :(

    Not yet, but it will be available for the official release. hehe… another ‘Hang on, it’s coming!‘…

  • http://diigital.com cranial-bore

    I think you can attribute the sales to that awesome origami cover. You should get a testimonial from the Hill Top Hoods…”It’s a swan” :)

  • http://diigital.com cranial-bore

    Ordering from Sitepoint looks like better value too. It’s listed as a 180 page book here, while Amazon’s description claims 168.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    Ordering from Sitepoint looks like better value too. It’s listed as a 180 page book here, while Amazon’s description claims 168.

    Yep, we left the ‘How to Design your own Amazon’ chapter out of the batch we sent to them ;)

  • http://www.purecaffeine.com pureCaffeine

    Damn, I just received my Sitepoint order a few days ago – I should have waited a week if I’d known!

    But I got TWO of the color charts – one for the office, one for home :-)

  • http://autisticcuckoo.net/ AutisticCuckoo

    It’s a good book for people like me (no design skills). I like the way Jason explains how things work, not only tell you how to do things by rote.

  • Enrico Poli

    Give me a pdf edition and I’ll buy it. Let give the postal system a break! Corrie’s book has not been pirated afaik, so no need to be paranoid…

  • Enrico Poli

    (Ok, I should have read all the comments :-P but I was eager to cast my vote – sorry, so the pdf is coming, good!)

  • calumniate

    i can make those swans too.. and boxes that hold water :)

  • http://www.napathon.net/ vinyl-junkie

    I just ordered the book yesterday, but forgot about the possibility of having a pdf version. Will I still be able to order the pdf at the introductory price when it’s offered for sale without buying anything else to get that price?

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    I just ordered the book yesterday, but forgot about the possibility of having a pdf version. Will I still be able to order the pdf at the introductory price when it’s offered for sale without buying anything else to get that price?

    Pat, just keep your order number. We’d have no problems offering PDFs at the upsell price to anyone who purchased now.

  • malikyte

    *frantically looks for credit card*
    CRAP, it’s in the car! When the heck is my lunch break?!

    Thanks for the news, Alex! :) You can consider the order total to be incremented by one in another…80 minutes and ..35, 34, 33, 30 seconds!

  • littlejim84

    I’ve just ordered my copy. Should be a good book!

    I’ve always liked SitePoint books.

  • http://www.hypography.com/ kovacs

    Nice! I’ll wait for the PDF but this looks like something I’ve been waiting for.

  • Marc

    Don’t know how exactly I managed this, but I have had the book for nearly a month now – great stuff. Ordered it with the Ruby on Rails book and had them both on the 3rd of February

  • http://www.saumendra.com Saumendra Swain

    This is great to have a specific and analytical book on web design principals/ standards.

  • http://www.designbycake.com EddM

    Just ordered this book. I’d prefer the book itself rather than a PDF so I can read it when I’m not at home! And I’m not too keen on dragging laptops around :]

  • malikyte

    Well, I ordered the book the day I said I would at approximately 4:30pm my time (ET). I received it today. I was quite surprised at the fact that the included color chart is actually pretty useful with the font information on the back, and the Photoshop key commands (constantly forgetting a few of them). It doubles as a great bookmark for the book.

    I was even more surprised, and completely satisfied when I opened the book randomly to one of the first few pages and the author was discussing balance. Color, layout, symmetrical, etc…all the different things to consider when designing aesthetic art, whether it be marketing or otherwise. I rarely see this mentioned, ever! This was something my elementary school art teacher taught me and has always stuck in my mind, but very few people realize it’s a necessity to know and understand. Those who are artistic, it comes naturally. Others aren’t told. I’m extremely pleased with the fact that this is included and can be completely assured that the rest of the book (in a less random order) will contain invaluable information. Thank you, Sitepoint. Thank you, Jason!

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    Wow, that’s awesome feedback, malikyte. Great stuff.

    We could always see great value in a ‘design book aimed at developers’, but whether developers could see it was the question. Certainly seems to have struck a chord so far.

    The feedback is much appreciated.

  • Mike

    Not a problem Alex, I hardly use that blog anymore :)

  • Yojance

    What about if we bought the book? I got it 2 days ago and I’m almost done with it. Very nice book.

  • Enrico Poli

    Just ordered my copy (pdf for now, then we’ll see…): looking forward to read it!

    Just a note: when you click on the book in the bookshop a big note opens telling you: “Out of stock! etc.” without any mention about it being available in pdf format… I guess you’re not exactly pushing people to buy books as pdf, are you guys ;-) ?

    Thanks again for your work, I’ll let you know if I like it as I’m anticipating to.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    Just ordered my copy (pdf for now, then we’ll see…): looking forward to read it!

    Just a note: when you click on the book in the bookshop a big note opens telling you: “Out of stock! etc.” without any mention about it being available in pdf format… I guess you’re not exactly pushing people to buy books as pdf, are you guys ;-) ?

    Thanks again for your work, I’ll let you know if I like it as I’m anticipating to.

    That’s a fair point, Enrico. From a business point of view, it’s just as valuable to us to sell the hard copy than the PDF. As a rule I try to keep those types of messages as simple as possible so they can’t be misunderstood, but it should be possible to mention the PDF without clouding things too much.