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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (9 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321643384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321643384
  • ASIN: 0321643380
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There’s a real connection between craftsmanship and Web design. That’s the theme running through Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, by bestselling author Dan Cederholm, with a chapter contributed by renowned Web designer and developer Ethan Marcotte. This book explores CSS3 that works in today’s browsers, and you’ll be convinced that now’s the time to start experimenting with it.

Whether you’re a Web designer, project manager, or a graphic designer wanting to learn more about the fluidity that’s required when designing for the Web, you’ll discover the tools to create the most flexible, reliable, and bulletproof Web designs. And you’ll finally be able to persuade your clients to adopt innovative and effective techniques that make everyone’s life easier while improving the end user’s experience. This book’s seven chapters deconstruct various aspects of a case-study Web site for the Tugboat Coffee Company, focusing on aspects that make it bulletproof and demonstrate progressive enrichment techniques over more traditional labor-intensive methods.

Subjects covered in this book include:
  • building for unanticipated future use
  • progressively enriching designs using CSS3 properties
  • using RGBA color for transparency with an alpha channel
  • modular float management
  • crafting flexible frameworks
  • fluid layouts using grid-based design principles
  • craftsmanship details on typography, jQuery, and shifting backgrounds

About the Author

Dan Cederholm is a Web designer, author, husband and father living in Salem, Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, Yahoo, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two bestselling books: Bulletproof Web Design, Second Edition (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reynolds on 12 Sept. 2009
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The underlying theme of Dan Cederholm's books is that craftmanship is the essence of good web design. The web craftsman seeks to ensure that each element of a design is built using robust code that will adapt to the requirements of different browsers and user display settings. Every aspect of the interface, no matter how small, deserves the designer's full attention and respect.

This concept is made explicit in 'Handcrafted CSS'. Through the book Dan quietly unfolds the most persuasive case I've yet read that web designers should be using CSS3 now to enhance designs for those browsers that can support it. He shows how to use incredibly useful CSS3 tools such as border-radius, rgba and transition effects without damaging the user experience of those with older browsers. There's also a very useful discussion of the merits of using the 'clearfix' method to clear floats: Dan supports it, but with some significant caveats.

As with his previous books Dan focuses on the design techniques that designers actually use, day-in-day out. Five years or so after their first publication his earlier books 'Web Design Solutions' and 'Bulletproof CSS' are still by my desk. 'Handcrafted CSS' is more of the same, and highly recommended.

As a bonus the book includes a fine chapter by Ethan Marcotte discussing fluid grid designs. If time or opportunity allowed a full book by Mr Marcotte would be most welcome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mishmosh on 29 Sept. 2009
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This is the second title that I own by Dan Cederholm. His books are a must for any web designer. Although the books will not teach you the basics of CSS or HTML, they will give you a full insight into the workings of a professional websites. This book is a must, the only down side to this book is that it is only 220 pages, I would love it to be twice the size.
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This is the 2nd of Dan's books I've bought, and it's definitely worth the money. After reading his Web Standards Solutions markup book, I was eager to buy more of his CSS books. Both books are great for reading, but are also a great reference book that you can always refer back to.

Handcrafted CSS is beautifully presented, with a lot of screenshots, which is particularly imported in any CSS book. The designs demonstrated are modern, clean and web 2.0. The book also covers various CSS3 properties as well, and gives examples for browsers that don't yet support CSS3 (IE!!!!).

The only downside I would mention, and I think it has also been mentioned by other people as well, is that this book is just over 200 pages. I wish it was twice as long!
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I bought this book upon to start learning the styles of CSS and thought it covered a lot of basic and advanced stuff that CSS can provide and also going into what the browser compatibility meant that the mark up of the CSS needed to look like so that the CSS would look typically the same in each browser, even though it described CSS3 it still told you what was needed if the CSS3 didn't work in IE 7 browsers and older then there was a solution to what was needed to correct the problem so the style of the web page would not be disturbed.

Overall the book is a really good source tool and good to have beside you when designing websites. A good and well written book and it gets right into detail so you won't get bored when reading this book.
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I read this books as a CSS and Javascript novice (not its intended audience). I had cobbled together a few web pages through trial and error, and was dissatisfied with them, although I didn't know why.

Many CSS books are boiler plated with reference material, lists of attributes and classes. Dan CederHolm's book is different. It gave me insight into how to design CSS to interact with HTML and Javascript (I was using Prototype), and how to make my web pages more `object oriented'. I went back and rewrote my pages to be more compact and more maintainable.

As a beginner, I highly recommend this book. The other reviews say that it's a good book for advanced users too. Well done Mr Cederholm.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Younghusband on 4 Oct. 2009
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The problem I find with a lot of CSS books is they tend to cover the basics, and aren't much use to a working professional. This book however is an exception. It discusses CSS 3 techniques in some depth, and how they can be applied to real world projects today. I always say that if you get one great idea from a book then it's almost always worth the asking price. I got several from this book.

Definitely gets a thumbs up from me!
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I know its crazy, but I actually enjoyed reading this book! Many IT books are boring, uninspiring and gernerally seem to enjoy showing us wanna be computer geeks that we cant hack it!

But this book is different. It's fresh, totally clear and has certainly changed the way I code websites.

The total beauty of this book is the was it was written. Dan Cederholm writes like your his friend (well IMHO) and unlike many IT textbooks, I actually read it from cover to cover.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in developing their CSS skills.
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