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A Book Apart: Responsive Web Design

Author: Ethan Marcotte
Forward by Jeremy Keith
Published: 2011
Publisher: A Book Apart
Source: Borrowed from work

The Story

Responsive Web DesignFrom the back of the book:

Learn how to think beyond the desktop and craft beautiful designs that anticipate and respond to your users’ needs. Ethan Marcotte will explore CSS techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries, demonstrating how you can deliver a quality experience to your users no matter how large (or small) their display.

The Response

I read this book to get ready for a project I was working on a while ago at work, and realized that I hadn’t blogged about it. Which I really ought to, because it really is quite a good book!

Anyone who work with web technologies – whether as a developer or a designer – should be familiar with A List Apart. It’s one of the best resources for us. With that in mind, it should really be no surprise that the books they publish are relevant, informative, and written by some of the best names in the industry. The A Book Apart series is definitely something that every designer/developer should have access to. I’m definitely going to be reading more than just this one, as I found this it be a very useful tool and resource for coding my first responsive site.

The book is divided up into 5 sections: Our Responsive Web, The Flexible Grid, Flexible Images, Media Queries and Becoming Responsive. What I liked most about this book was that it was a short book, a really quick and funny read, and presented everything in a very clear manner. While I was familiar with the concepts of both flexible design and media queries, I had never before put them into practice – this book very easily explained how to apply these to real-life situations, and why they would be useful. Especially for the whole media-queries and designing for mobile thing. The book also made certain that you understood basic concepts before building on them – for example, it ensures you understand flexible grids before showing you how you can use media queries to make changes at different breakpoints for a more responsive site.

That said though, you definitely need some background with HTML and CSS before attempting to read this – it is geared towards web professionals, and those who are in that target definitely would benefit greatly from reading this book.

The Bottom Line

A very readable and highly informative book! Highly recommended to people working in the web design industry!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:15 am December 2, 2013.
Category: Non-Fiction
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