Hello Web Design

A book for programmers who want to learn design

#5 Product of the DayJanuary 18, 2018

Design theory, thinking, and handy shortcuts to help programmers learn web design. Part one teaches visual and UI/UX principles in a down-to-earth and easy to understand matter, and part two walks you through the process of creating a design from scratch. Raised over $22,000 on Kickstarter, comes in eBook, paperback, and video formats.

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Hey friends! Excited to share Hello Web Design with you today. I've written a few other books teaching programming for designers, which lead to me thinking I should write a book teaching design for programmers. I like to cut all the BS out and teach just what someone needs to know in order to get from 0 to 1. I've benefitted greatly from being able to do both design and programming (I can get an MVP out super quickly) and I want to help others do the same. You can use the code PHTHANKS for 20% off all products. I hope you enjoy! Happy to answer any questions as well. :) -Tracy
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I thought of some more things I should share! — HWD doesn't involve any code or front-end development stuff. It sticks to visual design principles and user interface/user experience tips. In a nutshell, it's all about making websites nicer to look at and (more importantly) easier to use. — No mention of silly things like the "golden ratio" (which drives me nuts every time I see it mentioned early on in a beginner design book.) But I do have a chapter of fun tidbits, like why it's a good thing to avoid pure black. — I designed it myself as well (I only outsourced editing) so happy to answer any self-publishing questions as well.

I've been a huge fan of Tracy's work on other guides so have been waiting for this to come out for some time. Tracy shows an unusual level of learner empathy in this and the rest of her "Hello" guides. Easy to understand and with enough of value for tech veterans, this is my new go-to resource to share with aspiring and new web designers.

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Well written and designed for immediate use

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It's only coming out now!

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Another fantastic self published book by Tracy Osborn. If you are interested I would highly recommend checking out her other books on coding on her website.

Pros:

Very simple, straight to the point explanation, practical UI/UX concepts that is very easy to follow along.

Cons:

Honestly none that comes to mind at the moment.

I needed to see the screenshots to solidify and learn based on examples and Tracy didn't let me down. She shares a lot of insight into design which my developer brain never quite understood before. Now I feel like I know the basics and I know what's wrong with my old designs vs. just not liking them. I highly recommend this book.

Pros:

I enjoyed this book and the format a lot. Tracy walks the reader through learning design skills which can improve anyone of any skillset.

Cons:

There wasn't any for me. The book was a deal.

This books is a blast, full of practical advice how to make things look good, while not trying to make it you career. Actionable from the first pages. If you are a developer and want your project not looking like it been designed by a dev, but this book.

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Short, practical, actionable

Cons:

People will take advantage of your new skills