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230. Boulton’s Designing for the Web.

I’ve been enjoying designer Mark Boulton’s blog for some time, especially a series of blog posts called 5 Simple steps. These posts discussed five easy ways to handle design elements in a more professional manner. They were quick and easily digestible and provided someone who teaches a nice resource to supplement classroom instruction. Now, Boulton has rewritten these topics from scratch and organized them into a book of five chapters with five sections each covering an aspect of design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Color, and Layout.

This isn’t the most in-depth book you can find on the subject of design, but after perusing it’s contents over the weekend, I can say that it may be the most practical. So the full title, A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web, is fitting. I am a fan of the author’s conversational, almost casual approach – which may disguise the fact that there is a lot of good content inside the pages of this book. It’s available as a pdf download for a mere £12 here and is a nice addition to a designer’s library – particularly if you are an art director struggling with the transition from print to digital or if you are simply looking for a handy reference tool. (Boulton's background was in traditional graphic and typographic design before 'switching' ten years ago to interactive.)

Here are a couple of inside spreads to tweak your interest. You can download a preview section here. You can also go to this flickr page where Boulton has posted images from the process of putting this book together (always fun.)

The Rule of Thirds:

Type Anatomy:

The Types of Briefs:

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