When does a web-design manual become a useful coffee table book?

When Design Meltdown publishes Volume 2 ofThe Web Designer’s Idea Book.  Available for pre-order on Amazon or atdesignmeltdown.com, and shipping in September 2011, this album of cutting-edge articles and images is carefully selected and arranged to instruct and inspire.  With chapters illustrating the use of classic and current design principles, discussing inspiration vs. plagiarism, and addressing functional needs head-on, the author encourages designers to merge excellent graphics with ergonomic functionality.  If this sounds like your cup of tea, I also recommend the original Web Designer’s Idea Book, which delves into the many uses and nuances of color and other common design elements, with vivid illustrations throughout.