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His work is showcased on various design inspiration web sites, where it’s used as an example of how accessible web design can still look beautiful.
Elliot's portfolio includes Automattic, The Beatles, Blue Flavor, Twiistup, EMI Records, and Carsonified.
How many different text styles should be on a single webpage? How to manage text heavy pages and still make them "sexy"?
Answering these kinds of questions would had been so much more useful than most of the book.
Throughout, the focus is on simple and practical techniques that anyone can use - you don't need to have gone to art school or have artistic flair to create stunning designs using the methods outlined in this book.
About the Author Jina Bolton lives in Silicon Valley, is a member if the AIGA, has a bachelor of fine arts (with an emphasis on computer arts & graphic design) and currently does web design professionally for a living. It teaches you how to go from just being hired to design a website, to creating something that can then be passed on to programmers as the finished product. Stocks provides as his 5 different stages of design, what comes out at the end should be pretty "sexy." Stocks provides pointers to many of the tools that he uses, and some of his best practices for keeping the customer happy. The problem I have with the book is that most of it was just common sense. It gives the unspoken promise that that just because you know design principles, this book will help make them look really good. It doesn't give you enough information about all of the little things that go into making a design work really well.
The other problem I had was with the all the pictures.
Which is strange, because normally I think that books don't have enough pictures.
But ultimately, you'll be finding out how to create web sites that look drop-dead gorgeous.
About the Author Always aspiring to create a unique look that’s out of the ordinary, Elliot Jay Stocks’s design is frequently featured in online and offline publications.