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In a light and friendly voice, the author introduces the reader to new ways of styling websites. With specific examples for each of ten categories, he provides a wealth of techniques for the designer who wishes to apply these approaches in their own work. The styles are broken down into ten categories, which are:
Super Tiny SimCity School Further explorations in the book help designers determine which style choices would be most appropriate when changing the look of their own sites.
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The Web Is Like…the Web. The Problems: Legalism, Copycatting, and Print. Problem 1: The Usability Legalists. Problem 2: The “One Size Fits All” Syndrome. Problem 3: The Virus of Print Design. The Solution: Personal Passion.
Symmetry Is Death: Entropy8. Chaos Does Commerce: Conscience Records. Behind the Velvet Rope: Janet Jackson. Analogesque Background Textures. Foreground Images with Irregular Borders. Transparent Animated Gifs. Controlled Window Sizes. Intentional Exploitation of Vertical Scrolling. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Mike Cina: Mies Van Der Rohe Meets Kid A. Nike Women: A Blueprint for Business. Serbia: Aesthetic Usability. Creating Geometric Shapes at 45-Degree-Angle Increments. Step 1: Save as Gifs. Step 2: Save as Flash Animations. Melding Photography with Grid-Based Layouts. Using Chartjunk as Design. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
As Close to Print as the Web Should Get. Saksi's Personal Sites: Faux-Functional Finnish Fashion Fodder. Grungy Commerce: Nokian Tyres. Background/Foreground Gif Pairing. Scanlines. Brushes for Smudges. Motion Within a Collage. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Funny Garbage's Kipple: MacGyver Does Web Art. P2: The Kids Grow Up. Levi's Vintage: The Revolution Will Be Marketed. gURL and Ka-Ching: 25% Paper Bag Communities. Paper Bag Textures. Intentional Misalignment and Sloppy Boundaries. Judicious Color Usage. The Nomadic Navigation Bar. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Vitra Design Museum and the Bauhaus Archive: Design Serving Design. 617: Fashion Jedi. American Institute of Graphic Arts: Design Serving Designers. Lundstrom Architecture: Built to Impress. Holistic Browser Window Design. The Frames Solution. The Full-Screen Flash Solution. The Fixed-Size Solution. The Pop-Up Window Solution. Navigation Integrated into Overall Page Design. Intentional Color Palette. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
A Brief Orientation in Disorientation. Fake Malfunction. Rigged Navigation. Missing or Misleading Signposts. Perpetual Motion and Noise. Unorthodox Image Cropping, Enlargement, and Subject Matter. Rogue Multimedia. Full-Screen Control. onmouseover Functions. Big Old Ugly HTML Text. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Kaliber 10000: God Is in the Details. flipflopflyin: It's the Idea That Counts. db-db: In a Station of the Metro. cnn.com/CAREER: Will Work for Pixels. Tiny Pixelated People, Buildings, and Objects. Pixelated Fonts. Extreme Compartmentalization. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Simple for Sale: 37signals. gettyone: Selling Made Simple. A List Apart: Better Reading Through CSS. endquote: Sometimes Nothing Is a Real Cool Hand. Jovino: Relatively Speaking. CSS Font Control. Color Schemes. An Inflatable Alphabet. Table-Formed Fonts. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Mike Young: The Ghost in the Machine. chapter3: A Darker Shade of Pale. Hyperprism and MTV2 UK: Spatial Navigation. Mercury Vehicles: Unbutton Your Soul. 3D Modeling Software. Tiny Illegible Type. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
Amy Franceschini: Welcome to My Daydream. Post Tool: Exuberant Minimalism/ Minimalistic Exuberance. Avant Card and You Grow Girl: Commerce with an Impish Grin. Tiny 3D Bubble People/Large 3D Text. Rounded, Organic Borders. Pastel Palettes. '50s Fonts/'50s Art. Sites Mentioned in This Chapter.
The Cake Decorators Have Become the Carpenters. It's the Experience, Stupid. The Web Is Like a Party.