The web design industry has great resources, but once in a while, one book or site stands out from the rest. So good, in fact, it's like I've died and gone to heaven. These designs will put you on cloud nine. This is my Heavenly Series.
The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2 has seven chapters—"Inspiration," "Basic Principles of Design," "Sites by Type," "Sites by Design Elements," "Sites by Styles and Themes," "Sites by Structural Styles" and "Sites by Structural Elements." Each of these chapters, outside of the "Inspiration" chapter, are broken down into various subcategories with descriptions and examples.
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Chapter five opens with an explanation of the difference between styles and themes. McNeil highlights the uniqueness of the sketchy style and gives four image-tastic examples with screen shots, urls and short explanations of how the designs apply the sketchy style. However, McNeil doesn't stop there. He gives us more eye candy by throwing in eight additional examples.
Throughout the book McNeil includes blurbs called "notes from a developer." These helpful tips guide designers through various styles while avoiding the design pitfalls that cause developers great pain.
This book couldn't be better. It's easy to find many design resources for inspiration, but few are packed with such amazing examples. This is why The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2 is added to my Heavenly Series.
And because I couldn't resist sharing, I have included a few sweet samples of sites shown in the book.