Some books deserve a spot at your desk. With a reputation for being a reference book that "spends more time open on the desk than closed in the bookcase", "Hardboiled Web Design" features a wealth of updated front-end techniques, strategies and attitude overhauls that anyone working on the web can benefit from.
Across 441 pages with plenty of code samples, the "hardboiled" ethos is about stripping markup and CSS to the bone, making it more flexible and scalable. You'll also get insights into Andy's workflow with clients such as ISO and WWF, and learn how to establish a design atmosphere and develop a style guide, create type proofs, use brand personality interviews and reduce wasted time in the process.
You'll also learn how to avoid predictable generic layouts and embrace creativity within a responsive mindset—and establish a better "responsive" process with clients. If you want to explore a great workflow for crafting rich and expressive responsive websites today, this book is your new constant companion. Ah, and did we say that it's gorgeous, too?
If you're a front-end developer, you're in for a treat: the book focuses on practical cutting-edge techniques and a better process between developers, designers and clients. Build quickly and make fewer mistakes because you can use the actual technologies much earlier, using HTML and CSS to design, prototype and develop.
If you're a designer, you'll learn how to embrace creativity within a responsive mindset and how to work better with clients. Explore a workflow that will not hold you back, and will not limit your potential for crafting rich and expressive responsive websites today.
Takeaways From The Book
Technologies should never hold you back, and this book is nothing short of a strategic guide on how to use them efficiently to build flexible, scalable responsive systems today. Jump to the detailed table of contents.
Ready-to-use HTML/CSS code samples for your responsive sites,
Insights from actual RWD projects ranging from small businesses to household brand names,
Move towards designing atoms and elements first, and learn how to establish style guides,
Find out how to design atmosphere and choose breakpoints wisely with type proofs,
Dive deep into how to actually apply mobile first to a design workflow,
Benefit from HTML's semantic elements, WAI-ARIA roles and microformats2 alongside the BEM naming system,
Explore new CSS feature queries, Flexbox, background blends, CSS filters and how to make state changes smoother with CSS transitions,
Learn about the multi-column layout and how you can use it today.
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