Principles of Beautiful Web Design

It has been just over 6 months since The Principles of Beautiful Webdesign hit the shelves and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Even as I was revising the final chapter back in October/November, I had no idea how well it would be received. After four printings, over 50 feedback emails, and a plethora (yes, a plethora) of great reviews, I can safely say that people like it. To me, that alone makes all the work worthwhile. Many thanks to Sitepoint for giving me the opportunity, my wife who kept me on task and motivated, and all the people who have taken the time to write a review. Here’s a list of some of the reviews that you won’t find on the Amazon or Sitepoint product pages:

6 comments on “Principles of Beautiful Web Design

Darragh G. says:

Personally, I loved the book. I’ve read it about 4 times and every now and then I flick through it for inspiration. I’ve recently started my personal site and compared to the ones pre-read, it looks great. Thanks and congrats on the great feedback.

Amey Pai says:

Great book. I was checking out your website and it appears to me that when I validate it for XHTML it returns about 15 errors on “line 50”. Please do look into it.

Good regards

Brian says:

Amey Pai, you are a jerk. No way around it. You just ran Jason’s web site through a validator, and didn’t even bother to look at the error result. Had you taken the 5 seconds it requires to look at the source code and see where the error lies, you would have seen that the error is the result of the contents of the URL for the link to Jason’s book. There’s not much one can do to fix said error.

It’s pretty impressive that the site only has one error. In everyday web design, compromises are constantly made in favor of getting things done over being 100% syntactically correct. So, congratulations Jason, you’ve not only written a fantastic book, but you’re web site doesn’t seem to have any major xhtml errors.

I wouldn’t go so far as calling people names, but I appreciate that you’ve got my back, Brian. Honestly, I ignored that comment on Saturday because escaping ampersands in a single url is a trivial matter as far as validation errors go. As trivial as it is though, I feel a responsibility to follow best practices and I fixed the error.

To those of you who are hell-bent on making every character of every page you create validate, take a few minutes and read Mike Davidson’s classic post:

March to Your Own Standard

Looking through Google Analytics I was wondering what all these clicks from jasongraphix were about. Thanks for the link 🙂

I wish I could spend a year just looking over the shoulder of designers to how and why they make the decisions they do. You’re book was the next best thing.

Any plans on another?

Brian says:

Name calling is a bit far to go. I was just a bit fustrated b/c it’s not that hard to view source and see where the error came from took me couple of minutes to figure out the source of the problem.

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