While the second edition of The Non-Designer's Web Book won't answer all of your technical questions about the inner workings of the Web, it explains most of what a beginning designer needs to know: what the Web is, how it gets to your computer, how to use it, and, most of all, how to design for it.
Any artist can tell you that you have to know how a medium works to get the most impact from working in it.
A basic understanding of how the Web works enables the good designer to create the most effective sites.
This book thoroughly discusses the different kinds of graphics that are used on the Web, when to use one over another, how to make the most of text styles, and how to design navigation systems.
The comparisons are the best stuff here--good design vs.
bad design, why designing Web pages is different from designing printed pages, and why a site looks terrific on one monitor but terrible on another.
Two chapters on properly preparing graphics and setting typography for use on a Web site describe how to avoid obvious mistakes that would make your work look amateurish.
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