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"Anyone interested in better understanding and developing for today (and tomorrow's) fast-changing web will benefit from this engaging and well researched book." -- Stephanie Rieger, Yiibu

"Tim provides a treasure trove of techniques and considerations to help you create future-friendly, multi-screen web experiences." -- Brad Frost, Mobile Web Strategist, R/GA New York

"Trust me when I say you need this book." -- Aaron Gustafson, Author, Adaptive Web Design

"As one of the founders of the Breaking Development conference, Tim brought together the latest thinking about multi-device Web design. Now as an author, he's put it all together into a practical guide to building for today's Web and beyond." -- Luke Wroblewski, Author, Mobile First

".. it is refreshing to have what previously was a series of disjointed components all covered in single book. " -- Aidan Foster, Website Project Manager and UI Designer

About the Author

Tim Kadlec is a web developer living in northern Wisconsin. His diverse background working with small companies to large publishers and industrial corporations has allowed him to see how the careful application of web technologies can impact businesses of all sizes. He is the co-founder of Breaking Development Conference (bdconf.com), one of the first conferences dedicated to design and development for mobile devices using web technologies. He also writes about a variety of topics at timkadlec.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321821688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321821683
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim is a web developer living in northern Wisconsin. He carefully applies web technologies to meet the needs of clients of all sizes working across diverse industries such as publishing, manufacturing, and the financial sector. He is the co-founder of Breaking Development, one of the first conferences dedicated to design and development for mobile devices using web technologies.

He writes about a variety of topics at timkadlec.com. You can also find him sharing his thoughts in a briefer format on Twitter as @tkadlec.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By James King on October 17, 2012
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Early on, the author points to an interesting statistic that, in 2010, traffic to mobile websites grew 600 percent. This point frames the discussion of what the book's focus is on, mainly that mobile is important, mobile is different than previous mental models, and it is growing at an alarming rate.

The author goes on to enlighten us to the fact that this isn't really a mobile or small screen problem that we are dealing with. This is a problem of connected devices with a wide ranges of screen sizes, device capabilities, and network speeds.

One last big point at the outset, multiple sites based on screen size do not scale.

From this beginning the author introduces the device-agnostic concept which simply put means you can't know what device will be using your site so don't build your site for one device.

At this point a two of high level concepts are introduced: Future Friendly and Progressive Enhancement. These form the base principles discussed through out the rest of the book when discussing Responsive Web Design.

This book covers a lot of ground from planning and workflow through responsive media and server side detection. Implementing Responsive Design even delves into the often ignored topic of responsive content.

The intended audience is beginner to intermediate, one should be well versed in the basics of CSS and HTML prior to beginning this book. Advanced topics are hinted at but not dealt with in any depth so no need to worry. You can safely ignore those topics and come back to them as you build your skill set.

While this book purports to be simply about Responsive Web Design, I would say that it is much more than that.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Foster on August 30, 2012
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Implementing Responsive Design by Tim Kadlec brings together project planning, creative design, and detailed coding techniques into a single book. It is written for mixed audience. About half the content is code related, and half covers workflow. It's a compilation of different ideas and techniques from industry leaders assembled in a logical and easy-to-digest format.

I've read every book published to date related to responsive web design. This book will save you time and money with both technical implementation details, and workflow process. I highly recommend it.

If you're interested in more detail I've published a detailed book review on responsivedesign.ca

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David W. Orr on January 11, 2013
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I liked Tim's style of writing. Instead a "do this, then do this" approach, he weaves the how-to into a running dialog about the why's and where's of when to use parts of the fluid web design. A good read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C.L. on March 21, 2013
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This is THE book to get when considering responsive design. The book is divided into clear step-by-step sections to show you what is needed along with code examples online if you want to see it in action. There is so much information packed in each chapter, I typically read each chapter at least twice. It is very clearly written with images to help solidify the concepts. In each chapter there is a two page interview with someone in the field and that person talks about their experience. These were always interesting and added to the understanding of what it's like in the "real" world. I found the side note recommendations for other books, code, and websites very helpful. They allow the book to "extend" in whatever ways you need it to.

HIghly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By superticker on May 15, 2013
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Excellent book covering more aspects of the responsive design problem than most other books. This includes IE6, 7, and 8 compatibility; mobile-first design, managing fixed-width assets (e.g. AdSense sidebar block images), using em's over %'s in font-size because of mobile zooming considerations, selectively serving reduced sized images to mobile, JavaScript to reduce paragraph sections (on desktop) to a clickable headings (on mobile), and one navigational solution for mobile (clickable drop-down menu). It also covers several tool options for evaluating your responsive implementation and testing it online with mobile emulators.

What this book doesn't cover is how JavaScript frameworks (e.g. jQuery) can be used for responsive design, or how to make a Facebook plugin responsive, but this maybe a different book about JavaScript/PHP solutions for responsive design.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Weems on August 1, 2014
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I would have liked to see more coding examples and less fluff. There seems to be an over abundance of images and nonsensical ramblings than meaningful content. Also, the responsive design domain has come quite a ways since this book was written so it may behoove you to just walk through a tutorial on Bootstrap or Foundation unless you plan on writing your own responsive framework.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on January 14, 2013
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I love this book. I bought it for a set of projects I had coming up, its absolutely perfect in its pace and goes through some very difficult topics and subjects in great detail. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to get a grasp on building responsive websites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vincent a. barrientez on August 13, 2013
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The first half of the book is great. It quickly helped me restructure the css of an existing site I was working on to be less heavy and more responsive to future changes in the web. I could have done without the chapters discussing project setup. It would have been nice to see another site with a different layout.
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