Design for Hackers

Design for Hackers

Reverse-engineering Beauty

Book - 2011
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Looks at classical design principles and techniques for Web designers using a "reverse-engineering" process, with information on such topics as color, proportion, white space, composition, and typographic etiquette.
Publisher: West Sussex, UK : John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2011
ISBN: 9781119998952
Branch Call Number: 006.7 K115d 2011
Characteristics: xiv, 338 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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May 10, 2014

The writer spends too much time telling you what he's going to tell you in he next chapter. If you take out all that fluff, the book would be more concise and helpful. I couldn't finish it because I got sick of hearing what was coming in the next section.


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May 01, 2016

Written in five parts composed of nine chapters and two appendices.

Kadavy begins with a brief history of design, from the origins of modern typography to the evolution of web design. He then provides a crash course in art theory, covering concepts such as proportion, composition, and color. Numerous examples of simple techniques help to illustrate the effectiveness of each idea.

The appendices provide further information on effective typography, Kadavy's area of expertise.

In addition, Kadavy offers web courses that follow the outline of his book. They can be found at the companion site:


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