Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 15 Nov 2006
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From the Back Cover
As the Web evolves to incorporate new standards and the latest browsers offer new possibilities for creative design, the art of creating Web sites is also changing. Few Web designers are experiences programmers, and as a result, working with semantic markup and CSS can create roadblocks to achieving truly beautiful designs using all the resources available. Add to this the pressures of presenting exceptional design to clients and employers, without compromising efficient workflow, and the challenge deepens for those working in a fast-paced environment. As someone who understands these complexities firsthand, author and designer Andy Clarke offers visual designers a progressive approach to creating artistic, usable, and accessible sites using transcendent CSS.
In this groundbreaking book, you’ll discover how to implement highly original designs through visual demonstrations of the creative possibilities using markup and CSS. You’ll learn to use a new design workflow, build prototypes that work well for designers and all team members, use grids effectively, visualize markup, and discover every phase of the transcendent design process, from working with the latest browsers to incorporating CSS3 to collaborating with team members effectively.
Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design:
Uses a visual approach to help you learn coding techniques
Includes numerous examples of world-class Web sites, photography, and other inspirations that give designers ideas for visualizing their codeOffers early previews of technical advances in new Web browsers and of the emerging CSS3 specification
About the Author
Andy Clarke is an internationally known speaker, designer, and consultant focusing on creative, accessible Web development. Andy is passionate about design and passionate about Web standards, bridging the gap between design and code. He regularly trains designers and developers in the creative applications of Web standards. Andy has written articles for A List Apart Magazine and contributed to the CSS Zen Garden. Outside of his studio, Andy is a member of the Web Standards Project.
Author, instructor, and Web designer Molly E. Holzschlag has written over 30 books on Web design and development. She’s been coined "one of the greatest digerati" and deemed one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web. Molly is also Group Lead of Web Standards Project and frequent lecturer on Web design and development around the world.
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As a designer who moved a little too far into development, I read a lot of O'Reilly books, which are always worthwhile and solid, but this is in a different league. I've already recommended it to 4 of my web design colleagues, and will be asking my web design students to get a copy each.
I think this is becoming THE web design book of the current era - if you have anything to do with web design or development, you really need to read it.
Fortunately, from the Inspiration section onwards, the images included are more relevant and it blossoms from a good book to a bible. Andy Clarke really hits home his points about taking inspiration from off-screen and the forward thinking to CSS3 really gives meaning to the transcendence.
This is not a book for beginners! There are enough examples to illustrate each point well, but lacks clear justification behind a lot of the code. I have a fairly solid knowledge of CSS, but I did find some of his examples, whilst having strong concepts, were a bit vague. I wouldn't personally use this for reference so much; Dan Cederholm's Web Standards Solutions and/or Bulletproof Web Design are better for reference.
Definitely advisable for those losing hope with lack of browser compatibility, Clarke's attitude is exemplary to the lot of us!
It constitutes a fantastically successful attempt at bridging the gap between developers & designers. Andy Clarke has mastered its art and shares the ins & outs of what everyday web development should be like.
This book has the ability to turn seasoned amateurs and many young professionals into experts.
The numerous examples and references complete the excellent contents, which is reinforced by the beautiful design and contextual photographs.
The best book on the topic.
The third section was the meat of this food-inspired book on CSS. Note: do not read this when hungry or on a diet, the full-bleed, gorgeous photos of food can overwhelm the weak of will. Dealing with Inspiration Andy looks outside the Web at newspapers and magazines as well as at websites for examples of grid-based designs and how to bring these ideas together in new ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must agree with Andrew Powell, this is one of the few books that I found so useless that I dumped it in the rubbish bin. Read morePublished on 19 July 2012 by Actinia
Coming from an engineering/programming background I was not sure how this book would suit me. I needn't have worried as the pace and content are excellent. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2010 by Kez
I bought this book based on the reviews I had read in other places, the book is not targeted at computer programmers really, there's no masses of code examples to follow, albeit... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2009 by Mr K J Fahy
Highly recommended. This is the first design / how-to book that I have ever read from cover-to-cover with such eagerness. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2009 by Carol Dew
Ok , ok let's keep things in proportion here - it's not a bible! But it is a gorgeous book trying to show us what we CAN achieve on the web in visual terms - hence the great... Read morePublished on 5 July 2008 by Sandy
I see that most people though this book was good, but a few said that they too came from a programming background and found this to be lacking in content. Read morePublished on 16 April 2008 by Andrew Powell
If you (like I was 4 months ago) have been using CSS for a while but have always felt you didn't really understand it's full features/ability/power then this book is for you. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2008 by David Ian Smith
being a student I would regard this book a bit dear, but every penny is worth with this book. Indeed he clearly explains that this book is not for begginers. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2007 by Kalliopi Georgousi
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