The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2

Laura Riegel / Posted 3.1.2011

The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2

The web design industry has great resources, but once in a while, one book or site stands out from the rest. So good, in fact, it's like I've died and gone to heaven. These designs will put you on cloud nine. This is my Heavenly Series.

What's Inside

The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2 has seven chapters—“Inspiration,” “Basic Principles of Design,” “Sites by Type,” “Sites by Design Elements,” “Sites by Styles and Themes,” “Sites by Structural Styles” and “Sites by Structural Elements.” Each of these chapters, outside of the “Inspiration” chapter, are broken down into various subcategories with descriptions and examples.

Let's Zoom In

Chapter five opens with an explanation of the difference between styles and themes. McNeil highlights the uniqueness of the sketchy style and gives four image-tastic examples with screen shots, urls and short explanations of how the designs apply the sketchy style. However, McNeil doesn't stop there. He gives us more eye candy by throwing in eight additional examples.

The Bonus

Throughout the book McNeil includes blurbs called “notes from a developer.” These helpful tips guide designers through various styles while avoiding the design pitfalls that cause developers great pain.


This book couldn't be better. It's easy to find many design resources for inspiration, but few are packed with such amazing examples. This is why The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2 is added to my Heavenly Series.

And because I couldn't resist sharing, I have included a few sweet samples of sites shown in the book.

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Laura Riegel

Laura Riegel

Print and Web Designer at Q Digital Studio

Laura Riegel is Q Digital Studio's print and web designer, hailing from Kentucky. She did her undergraduate at Asbury College where she studied Media Communications with an emphasis on Graphic Design. After a few video production internships, Laura discovered her true love was graphic design. She hasn't looked back since.

Growing up as a military brat, she moved around a lot, but now Denver is home to Laura and her husband Mark. Denver perfectly suits Laura's hobbies of skiing, camping and mountain biking. Not only does she love the Denver environment at large, but loves her Denver working environment, splitting her time between commuting to Q Digital Studio and working from home.

Laura is “disciplined by nature,” and when she has a list of stuff that has to get done, she gets it done. Equal parts creative and practical; Laura loves the challenges of designing and coding. Most importantly, Laura enjoys “working with clients, seeing the direction they want to go, and interpreting their desires.” For Laura, it's all about reaping the benefits of putting out good quality work.