Fresh Styles for Web Designers: Eye Candy from the Underground

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New Riders, 2002 - Computers - 211 pages
Learn how to improve commercial Web sites with completely fresh styles. Helps Web Designers distinguish their work from the crowd by learning to break away from boring, print-based site design strategies. Inspires with colorful and eye opening examples of edgy, refreshing styles from the experimental web design subculture. References corporate sites that show proof of concept by successfully applying these design solutions, and shows how to transform your existing site. 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 including: Gothic Organic School, Wireframe Icon School, Lo-fi Grunge School, Paper Bag School, Mondrian Poster School, Pixelated Punk Rock School, 1950s Hello Kitty School, HTMinimaLism School, DraftingTable/Instruction Manual School, Super Tiny SimCity School. Fresh Styles for Web Designers will appeal to anyone who cares about the design of Websites because it provides new paradigms. Younger, Gen X and Y designers will like it because it speaks to their aesthetic and affirms their work; Baby Boomer designers will too because it will show them how to create sites that break the mold of old media design strategies.

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User Review  - hatchibombotar - LibraryThing

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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