Hello Web Design

A book for programmers who want to learn design

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#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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  • Jeff Triplett ✨👋
    Jeff Triplett ✨👋Developer, Revsys
    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.

    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.

    Jeff Triplett ✨👋 has used this product for one month.
  • Jessica Rose
    Jessica RoseOpen Code, Founder
    Pros: 

    Well written and designed for immediate use

    Cons: 

    It's only coming out now!

    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.

    Jessica Rose has used this product for one week.
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Tracy Osborn
Tracy OsbornMaker@limedaring · Maker of Hello Web Books + WeddingLovely
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
Tracy Osborn
Tracy OsbornMaker@limedaring · Maker of Hello Web Books + WeddingLovely
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.
Antonis Tsagaris
Antonis Tsagaris@antonis_tsagari · Android Developer, codehouse five
Amazing stuff on Product Hunt today! I just purchased the paperback package, I have been looking forward to the release since I listened to your interview on... Indie Hackers? Can't remember, probably there. That the book looks freakin' GORGEOUS also made the decision easier. Yay design!
Tracy Osborn
Tracy OsbornMaker@limedaring · Maker of Hello Web Books + WeddingLovely
@antonis_tsagari Aw yay, awesome! And glad you enjoy the design — being able to do my own designs is one of the reasons why I self-publish. The cover itself took *forever* to finalize, and I'm happy how it came out similar to my other books but also works on its own. And the spot gloss is near impossible to catch in photographs but looks awesome in person. :)
Antonis Tsagaris
Antonis Tsagaris@antonis_tsagari · Android Developer, codehouse five
@limedaring I had to try and design my own book cover to realize just how hard it can be. Your cover looks both gorgeous but the amazing thing about it is how _effortlessly_ beautiful it is. Such a cool balancing act.
Andrey Petrov
Andrey Petrov@shazow · Creator, self
I've been watching Tracy work on this book for a long time, back from when it was just some sketches and notes in her notebook. It's really a labour of love and it totally comes through. Super excited and proud to see it all over place, on shelves at various startups. Everyone should have a copy. Even if you're not touching frontend development, the principles will give you more appreciation and sense for what good design is—and it will come in handy eventually! Maybe on your resume, or family newsletter, or whatever.
Tracy Osborn
Tracy OsbornMaker@limedaring · Maker of Hello Web Books + WeddingLovely
@shazow Thanks Andrey!
Chris Scott
Chris Scott@chrisgscott · I make stuff for pro photographers.
I’m a big fan of the Hello Web App series, can’t wait to check this out!
Tracy Osborn
Tracy OsbornMaker@limedaring · Maker of Hello Web Books + WeddingLovely
@chrisgscott That's awesome to hear! A new Hello Web App for Python 3/Django 2.0 should be coming out very soon, stay tuned. 💪
Rob Williger
Rob Williger@robertwilliger · CEO of Cited, Inc. |Writer|Speaker
Great book. I have taken several design courses, however, I still learned quite a bit from Hello Web Design. I had read Tracy's previous books so it was a no-brainer to buy this one as I knew it would be quality. The tips and tricks included in the book make it well worth it.
Tracy Osborn
Tracy OsbornMaker@limedaring · Maker of Hello Web Books + WeddingLovely
@robertwilliger Thanks Rob, glad you enjoyed it!