This week I purchased these two inspiring books by Patrick McNeil. Packed full of great ideas for web design — these books showcase hundreds of websites and cover the latest trends and styles in web design. Each book has chapters on inspiration and design principles for creating websites, and has samples of great website design grouped by type, design elements, styles and themes, structural styles and elements.
As with any design, sometimes it helps to see how other designers are approaching site design. I’m really looking forward to spending time looking through these books. Inspiration comes from many places and I think these books will be great resources.
Currently I am working on another website with Jay Carskadden. Jay has designed this site for a local career counselor and I will be building the site using WordPress. In her designs for this website, Jay is using Highbrow Cafetorium JNL as one of the website’s main fonts. However, this font is not considered one of the standard ‘browser safe’ fonts.
Traditionally there are only a few fonts suggested for use on websites. These “standard browser safe fonts” are the fonts that are most commonly found on all computers. Needless to say, the font choices are somewhat limited. However, if these standard fonts are used with CSS styling, a website’s text should look similar across all browsers. If it was absolutely necessary to use a non-standard font on websites, website developers usually created jpeg images of the text.
Learn more about this great Web Design certificate program offered through Seattle Community College.