The people over at Smashing Magazine have really outdone themselves with the release of their new book! This book is hands down one of the best web design related books I have personally read. The amount of information that is covered is outstanding and I would highly recommend this one to anyone that is involved in the web design industry or web development.
Great variety of content coverage
The amount of content that is covered by each author in the Smashing book was one of the aspects that pushed me to order. From typography and color to marketing and server set up, there is plenty to keep you well informed and updated on the latest best practices. And the full-color pages are clean and well laid out.
Each chapter is written by a different author and I suppose they were chosen because of their expertise in a particular area of web design. Some of the information included may already be somewhat obvious to veteran designers but I found many small tidbits of information that were not only helpful but were things I previously did not know.
The following are the chapters contained in the pages of the Smashing Book:
- User Interface Design in Modern Web Applications
- The Art and Science of CSS Layouts
- Typography: Rules, Guidelines, and Common Mistakes
- Usability Principles for Modern Websites
- The Ultimate Guide to Fantastic Color Usage
- Optimization for Websites
- Design to Sell – Increasing Conversion Rates
- How to turn a site into a Remarkable Brand
- Learning from Experts – Interviews and Insights
- The Smashing Magazine Story.
So as you can see there are a wide variety of areas that are covered throughout the book. I really enjoyed the last two chapters which include interviews with industry leading designers and the story of how Smashing Magazine came to be. To get advice and tips from some of the best designers in the industry was a great addition and the insights were very helpful.
The actual story of Smashing Magazine is amazing and they give readers a peek into how the guys started, how they grew the site, the process of finding content and authors and just how much hard work is put into delivering the massive amount of content on a daily basis.
The book arrived in the post and at first glance, I thought they had just wrapped the book in some clear plastic wrap and mailed it off. Once I pulled off the packing wrap I figured out the book was actually inside of a box that looks exactly like the book itself. I have ordered my share of design books online and this one was the first to come in such a unique package. Not to mention it will keep the book safe from my two-year-old which is always good, right?
You should pick up a copy
This book would make a great Christmas gift, but would also be a great self-purchase. The authors spent a great deal of time on each of their chapters and the advice is flying at you from the time you open the front cover.
Make sure to visit Smashing Magazine for ordering information.
I hope this review is helpful and please feel free to leave a comment below if you have something to say. Hopefully by using some of the new tips I learned from the book my site will benefit and maybe even load a bit faster!