Fresh Styles for Web Designers: Eye Candy from the Underground

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New Riders, 2002 - Computers - 211 pages

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:

  • Gothic Organic School
  • Wireframe Icon School
  • Lo-fi Grunge School
  • Paper Bag School
  • Mondrian Poster School
  • Pixelated Punk Rock School
  • 1950's Hello Kitty School
  • HTMinimaLism School
  • DraftingTable/Instruction Manual School

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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Now six years old, this is looking pretty dated. In some ways, having read so much about simplicity and standards and bulletproof design, I found this book almost shocking and illicit! But it does ... Read full review


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Curt Cloninger is a web designer, writer, and net artist. His commercial design portfolio includes sites like the award-winning (and revenue- generating) Curt is also a popular speaker at industry-wide internet conferences, and a regular contributor to design zines such as A List Apart. His net art has been exhibited at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil, archived on, and featured in digital art publications like On/Off and Neural. Curt lives at, plays at, and continues to hold the heretical belief that beauty enhances usability.

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