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Web Design Bundle (8 eBooks)

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Every Web designer, whether freelanced or employed, should have a reference literature that accompanies him or her throughout their professional routine. In this Bundle you will find four Smashing eBooks that will help you improve your skills in the Web Design field. You will be able to apply techniques to adapt your designs for mobile gadgets, combine different typefaces and intensify your professional abilities.

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This Smashing eBooks Bundle contains the following 8 eBooks:

Behind the Scenes of Real-Life Projects

Is there anything more insightful than learning about the workflows from fellow designers and developers, and what techniques they use? What made their projects a stunning success, and how do they overcome missteps? With this eBook, we’ll take a closer look at the techniques and stories of some folks behind real-life Web projects.
Among others, you will discover how renowned projects such as the Financial Times Web app or the Nike Better World website were built, and learn from the success story of a translation app that made it into Apple’s top ten charts. You’ll also get an insight into Google’s User Experience Lab, and (illustrated by the example of Pinterest) explore the importance of paint performance. Furthermore, our Smashing authors share valuable lessons learned in the course of their careers — from both successes and failures. This eBook is full of handy tips, ideas, and personal experiences that are beneficial to any Web professional.

Table of Contents

- Building The New Financial Times Web App
by Wilson Page

- Bringing Angry Birds To Facebook
by Richard Shepherd

- Behind The Scenes Of Nike Better World
by Richard Shepherd

- Behind The Scenes Of Tourism New Zealand
by Richard Shepherd

- Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 1: Idea And Design
by Jeremy Olson

- Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 2: Marketing And Launch
by Jeremy Olson

- Gone In 60 Frames Per Second: A Pinterest Paint Performance Case Study
by Addy Osmani & Paul Lewis

- Inside Google's User Experience Lab: An Interview With Google's Marcin Wichary
by Dan Redding

- Mistakes I've Made (And Lessons Learned Along The Way)
by Jeremy Girard

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 141
Language: English
Released: December 2013
Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454027-6
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454028-3
ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454029-0

Creating Meaningful Websites

What is it that makes a website stand out from the crowd? What makes it memorable and meaningful? This eBook wants to approach these questions. It's in no means a step-by-step guide to follow, but rather a collection of thoughts to give you some general impulses and perspectives on creating meaningful websites.
Starting with a comprehensive website planning guide to the question, "Which role does emotion play within the emotionless Web system?", our Smashing authors explored a variety of different aspects that all contribute to aesthetically beautiful and thoroughly thought-out user experience.

Table of Contents

- A Comprehensive Website Planning Guide
by Ben Seigel

- A Fun Approach To Creating More Successful Websites
by Jeremy Girard

- Defending The Generalists In The Web Design Industry
by Paul Boag

- Breaking Down Silos: The Consequences Of Working In Isolation
by Rian van der Merwe

- MUD: Minimum Usable Design
by Paul Scrivens

- A Craft Of Consequences: Reader, Writer And Emotional Design
by Robin Rendle

- Easier Is Better Than Better
by Paul Scrivens

- Designing Engaging And Enjoyable Long-Form Reading Experiences
by Martha Rotter

- Symptoms Of An Epidemic: Web Design Trends
by Espen Brunborg

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 106
Language: English
Released: June 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454036-8
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454037-5
ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454038-2

Creativity Lessons For Web Designers

"Creativity" is a term that often partakes of something mysterious and nearly magical — something that we are blessed with, something like an ambivalent, secret power that one moment strikes us unexpectedly, and then puts us on hold when we desperately try to come up with an idea. But the infamous creative spark isn't as random as we might think.
This eBook is a collection of creativity lessons that may help you overcome a creative trough. Our Smashing authors provide some general insights into the process of creativity, discuss some interesting aspects, such as why it is important to also have a life outside the Web, and also present useful hands-on tips on how to develop fresh approaches to given problems. In addition, "Creativity Lessons For Web Designers" also shares some inspiring design projects and what made them unforgettable. As you will see, creativity has nothing to do with magic, but is often just a matter of perspective.

Table of Contents

- The Process Of Creativity
by Jason Gross

- Work, Life And Side Projects
by Paul Boag

- "I Draw Pictures All Day"
by Alma Hoffmann

- Ignorance Is Bliss For A Creative Mind
by Ken Reynolds

- The Big Think: Breaking The Deliverables Habit
by Robert Hoekman Jr.

- Changing Perspective: A New Look At Old Problems
by Stuart Silverstein

- Collaging: Getting Answers To The Questions You Don't Know To Ask
by Kyle Soucy

- Creating A Lasting Impression
by C. Knight and J. Glaser

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 80
Language: English
Released: June 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454039-9
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454040-5
ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454041-2

Legacy of Typography

Typography is everywhere. If you walk out the door, you will be hard pressed to find any element of our daily lives that doesn't involve or rely on typography. The prevalence of typography is not limited only to the analog world. This eBook introduces historical and cultural aspects of type and how they relate to the Web industry. Find out about changing fads in type, about the complexities of Japanese characters and about typographic applications for different situations. You are sure to learn something that you didn't know before from our great authors.

Table of Contents

-Japanese, A Beautifully Complex Writing System
-Respect Thy Typography
-Typography Carved In Stone
-Industrial-Strength Types
-Legitima Typeface: An Experience Of Fossils And Revivals
-When Typography Speaks Louder Than Words
-Weird And Wonderful, Yet Still Illegible
-Font Wars: A Story On Rivalry Between Type Foundries
-Hands-On Experience: The Rehabilitation Of The Script

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 131
Language: English
Released: April 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-943075-54-0
ISBN (EPUB):978-3-94454000-9
ISBN (Kindle): 978-3-94454001-6

Typography Best Practices

Whether you're interested in determining the right paragraph layout or typographic details, observing the correct typographic etiquette or making the other small decisions that will dramatically influence how your website is perceived, many answers will present themselves in this collection of articles.
Web design is not just about a flamboyant or simply beautiful website appearance. This book is about small — but crucial — details, in a specialty that is all about details. Whether you're interested in determining the right paragraph layout or typographic details, observing the correct typographic etiquette or making the other small decisions that will dramatically influence how your website is perceived, many answers will present themselves in this collection of articles.

Table of Contents

-The Perfect Paragraph
-Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette
-Why Subtle Typographic Choices Make All The Difference
-A Closer Look At Font Rendering
-The Creative Way To Maximize Design Ideas With Type
-Applying Macrotypography For A More Readable Web Page
-Avoiding Faux Weights And Styles With Google Web Fonts

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 139
Language: English
Released: April 2013
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-943075-55-7
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454002-3
ISBN (Kindle): 978-3-94454003-0

Professional Web Design, Vol. 1

Web design, with its wide range of disciplines and fields, is not an easy nut to crack. However, it is possible to put together a book with some of the crucial principles and fundamentals that you will need for every project you take on. Learn about the harsh truths of corporate Web design and the troubles you are bound to run into.
Create effective online portfolios with optimized user experiences, without the usual trial and error. Use storytelling to create engaging user experiences. Impress clients by staying on top of enhancements and Web standards. And in case you’re wondering how to handle clients, we have some professional advice on how to deal with exceptional situations and customer requests. This guide to professional Web design was carefully selected, prepared and edited to bring you the most useful Web design advice from Smashing Magazine’s articles. Know where you stand, put your situation in perspective, and get the advice you've been looking for.

Table of Contents

- 10 Harsh Truths About Corporate Websites
- Portfolio Design Study: Design Patterns And Current Practices
- Creating A Successful Online Portfolio
- Better User Experience With Storytelling
- Designing User Interfaces For Business Web Applications
- Progressive Enhancement And Standards Do Not Limit Web Design
- Color Theory For Designers, Part 1: The Meaning Of Color
- Is John The Client Dense Or Are You Failing Him?
- How To Identify And Deal With Different Types Of Clients
- How To Respond Effectively To Design Criticism
- Web Designer’s Guide To Professional Networking
- Group Interview: Expert Advice For Students and Young Web Designers

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 302
Language: English
Released: March 2010
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-02-1

Professional Web Design, Vol. 2

The pace at which the Web rolls today has picked up, and we feel obliged to give you a status report and outlook. Learn the most recent changes in Web development, as well as design trends that are likely to catch on and could have a substantial effect on our workflow. Be prepared for the onset of innovative approaches such as responsive Web design, and learn how to apply psychology-based persuasion triggers in your designs. Clear up some myths about HTML5 and CSS3, and make use of the “design matrix” methodology.
You will read about existing and upcoming trends, and will learn how Web design could evolve in the coming months and years. Besides, this eBook also touches on what Web designers should be ready for and how to keep abreast of new challenges and opportunities.

Table of Contents

- The Current State of Web Design
- Web Design Trends
- Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How to Use It
- A Showcase of Responsive Web Design
- Persuasion Triggers in Web Design
- Why We Should Start Using CSS3 and HTML5 Today
- HTML5: The Facts And The Myths
- The User Is The Anonymous Web Designer
- The Design Matrix: A Powerful Tool for Guiding Client Input
- A Design Is Only As Deep As It Is Usable
- Web Designers, Don’t Do It Alone
- Why Design-By-Committee Should Die
- Design Better and Faster with Rapid Prototyping
- When a Thousand Words Is Worth a Picture

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 279
Language: English
Released: March 2011
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-09-0

Getting the Hang of Web Typography

The implications of desktop publishing, where anybody who has access to a computer can set type, have led to a flood of poorly designed brochures, flyers and Web pages. In Web design especially illegible text, incorrect use of punctuation marks and inappropriate font combinations or use of line widths are frequent. The new techniques that Web fonts offer might bring about even worse examples of ugly and illegible Web typography.
Getting the Hang of Web Typography is dedicated to Web workers that are dealing with typography in their daily lives, but have no special training for this independent craft. This eBook (eBook #6) gives you the necessary background on macro- and microtypography, it helps you to choose suitable fonts and use modern techniques such as Web font embedding. It's a valuable read that helps you to create rich, sophisticated Web sites with beautiful and elegant Web typography.

Table of Contents

- The Ails Of Typographic Anti-Aliasing
- 10 Principles For Readable Web Typograph
- 5 Principles and Ideas of Setting Type on the Web
- Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design
- 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography in Your Designs
- Typographic Design Patterns and Best Practices
- The Typography Dress Code: Principles of Choosing and Using Typefaces
- Best Practices of Combining Typefaces
- Guide to CSS Font Stacks: Techniques and Resources
- New Typographic Possibilities with CSS 3
- Good Old @Font-Face Rule Revisited
- The Current Web Font Formats
- Review of Popular Web Font Embedding Services
- How to Embed Web Fonts from your Server
- Web Typography: Work-arounds, Tips and Tricks
- 10 Useful Typography Tools

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
Pages: 242
Language: English
Released: January 2011
Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-07-6

Customer Reviews (2)

M. Jean-Joseph:

Great reference

The knowledge in these books wan´t all new to me, still I enjoyed them very much and I regard them as a reliable reference, especially regarding typographic issues.


Posted on 4/30/13

Hady Shkeer:


i think it's very improtant book in webdesign world !


Posted on 2/16/11

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