Start reading Hardboiled Web Design on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Hardboiled Web Design

Hardboiled Web Design [Kindle Edition]

Andy Clarke
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £32.00
Kindle Price: £7.04 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £24.96 (78%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £7.04  
Paperback £32.00  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Product Description

Product Description

If you’ve been working on the web for a while, your bookshelves may already be buckling under the weight of books about HTML and CSS. Do you really need another one?

Hardboiled Web Design is different. It’s for people who want to understand why, when and how to use the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technologies in their everyday work. Not tomorrow or next week, but today. It won’t teach you the basics of writing markup or CSS, but if you’re hungry to learn about how the latest technologies and techniques will make your websites and applications more creative, flexible and adaptable, then this is the book for you.

Are you ready to get hardboiled?

Foreword by Jeffrey Zeldman

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4990 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058ZX1EE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Andy Clarke's been called many things since he started designing for the web over ten years ago. His ego likes words like "ambassador for CSS", "industry prophet" and "inspiring", but he's most proud that Jeffrey Zeldman once called him a "bastard". He runs Stuff and Nonsense, a small web design company that specialises in designing highly usable and attractive websites.

Andy's a renowned public speaker and presents at web design conferences worldwide. He teaches web design techniques and technologies through his own workshop masterclasses, For A Beautiful Web and is the author of the best-selling Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design. He writes a popular blog, And All That Malarkey, mostly about the web, and tweets as @malarkey.

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, well worth buying 30 Dec 2010
As soon as I heard about this book being published, I pre-ordered it via Amazon.

I was one of those (as Andy Clarke mentions) who has their order cancelled by Amazon. What gives? I thought, and contacted @Malarkey on Twitter to find out how else to buy it.

A quick direct response (thank you!), and I scurried off to the (beautifully designed - naturally) website that accompanies the book. Order placed, excitement high.

Christmas Eve (joy!) and Hardboiled Web Design finally smacks through the letterbox. For a book, it's a ruddy thick box - and no wasted space - it's all book. The packaging and exterior labels are quite gorgeous in their own right.

As to the book? It's wonderful. The paper stock, typography, layout, colour production are all perfect.

As to the content? It's an (and I hope I won't offend the author here, I mean it as a compliment) incremental revelation, a web development revolution. It gives us designers and developers the backing to push forward with principles such as progressive enhancement and graceful degradation - but from the point of view that differences in browsing (and browser capabilities) should be celebrated - not shamed.

That's what 'hardboiled' is all about - giving the tools and techniques to push forward with the new web standards, ensuring that our work can be viewed across *all* browsers, even if that work looks radically (and intentionally) different from one browser to the next.

If you design or develop web content in any capacity, then this book is a must-have.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sure classic 25 Jan 2011
I was initially dismayed that Amazon had not informed us that they would not be shipping this book - even though I was on the e-mail list I did not receive anything to inform me of this. Come on Amazon.

Glad that I read the other reviews and discovered this book is only available directly from the publisher.

The book itself is wonderful, so well designed and thought out. I'll be making well use of the techniques on its pages. While I am not a professional web developer I always use the latest CSS and XHTML techniques to develop the sites of the few people who hire me.

Well worth buying this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be part of every web designer's library 4 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not sure why other people had problems with delivery from Amazon, but I got mine okay.

Most UK-based web designers who keep abreast of current trends will have heard of Andy Clarke. He's big on responsive web design, by which we mean the creation of a single website that adapts to different devices - phones, tablets, computers etc. - based on the screen size.

Before responsive design rose to the fore, you'd often find a website would have two or more virtually independent sets of code, each one to suit a particular screen size. You'd also find that there was an almost paranoid attempt to make the website look exactly the same on all browsers and all devices, which means that you're often designing to the lowest common denominator, ignoring the rich facilities CSS3 and HTML5 has to offer.

Andy Clarke leads the way in pouring cold water on that situation. Instead, he argues, a website should look as good as it can on modern browsers and should degrade gracefully on lesser ones. Likewise with screen sizes on different devices: design first for the smallest screen and progressively enhance a site as the screen gets larger.

Furthermore, do all this with one set of code, making judicious use of media queries and Javascript libraries to create a truly responsive website.

"Hardboiled Web Design" explains that process in depth. It is an attractive and well put together book and should be a part of any web designer's library. Beware, though - responsive web design is evolving all the time and even a book as good as this can quickly become dated. It is, however, a great book to start with if you have little or no experience of responsive web design.

Note that it is not a beginner's book on CSS and HTML. You need a working knowledge of those things to get the best out of this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY I HAVE THE ANSWERS 26 May 2011
By Lucien den Arend - Published on
When I started building websites back in 1997 I already made use of a fixed background in order to have the contents of the page to scroll over it. This gave extra depth to a page instead of just scrolling some printed sheet over the screen. Translucency is something which in that time was not possible yet. When it was finally possible I used it, even though a browser like IE6 presented it as a bland opaque background of my texts. There was little about the subject which one could find on the web. But there are so many more things which some of us would want to be able to avail ourselves of. But most webmasters need work and only listen to their clients, who up until a short time ago almost all used IE6 - and some still do. An extra obstacle is that designers, when working for the web, still think that a web page is a printed thing, which should not look different to different viewers using different browsers and systems. So development was - and is being - held back. To quote Andy Clark: "Some people say that websites must look the same in every browser. To hell with that."

This book has all the answers I've been looking for - plus the encouragement from a pro to go forward and make web pages which look optimal on advanced browsers and still functional on backward ones. HTML5 and CSS3 opened the way to do this in a never before imagined way.

The book is a gem to hold in your hands: appetizing design, a perfect choice of paper, the right size, to the point illustrations, readable and full of valuable information. And it is not a school book. It's the best book I have seen in the fourteen years I've been working for the web - a medium which we cannot ignore. Next to my actual work as a sculptor, I find the web to be a medium which gives us the opportunity to to get to know each other; and let's do that in the most attractive ways possible to us. Andy shows us how.

Too bad that Amazon needs to make profit and the book is not really priced reasonably. So visit Andy Clarke's site about this book: hardboiledwebdesign.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think 3 Sep 2012
By KivaA - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been designing websites for many years now following many of Jakob Nielsen's usability theories. This was the first book in a long time that is making me reconsider the way I design. Instead of designing what works for the lowest common browser out there, Clark asks what would happen if we designed for the best browser first. His answer is that we should design first for the more capable browsers and use everything that emerging technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 have to offer. It's really easier to style down than style up! For him it's top down responsive design all the way. I'm not sure I agree with all he has to say, but there's lot of useful information in here about responsive design from web fonts to media queries to designing to a browser's capabilities.

The book itself reflects this philosophy. It is beautifully designed. You can tell a lot of thinking and time was taken for even the minor layout details. It has loads of color examples and there's nary a dry screen shot to be seen. I bought it in the ebook version and was so impressed, I bought a hardcopy for my permanent library.

This book is something every web designer should read even if you disagree with his ideas. Clark makes you think about why you do the things you do and to think more creatively how to achieve the best design for your clients and those people that view their websites.
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this book 25 May 2013
By Thomas Riis - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Andy Clarke is a very inspiring person. I really like his insides and knowledge about web design and development. And he is never afraid to change the way we all think about responsive webdesign. This book is all about semantic HTML and CSS.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 31 July 2014
By Mr. Phillip G. Wilkie - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really Good Book. Well laid out.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
Universal Internet Explorer 6 CSS is hosted on Google Code2 &quote;
Highlighted by 6 Kindle users
Introducing HTML 5 by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp21 or HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith22 &quote;
Highlighted by 5 Kindle users
“Progressive enhancement is an approach to web design that builds documents for the least capable devices first, then moves on to enhance those documents... [to] allow a richer experience for those users with modern graphical browser software.”6 &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category