- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321887867
- ISBN-13: 978-0321887863
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Responsive Design Workflow 1st Edition
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About the Author
Native Californian STEPHEN HAY has been living and working in the Netherlands since 1992, and he’s been designing for the web since 1995. His roots as a designer and art director in corporate identity, packaging design, and advertising served as a foundation for his current work as a web design and development strategist through his own user experience consultancy, Zero Interface. Stephen speaks at industry events and writes about CSS, web accessibility, open web standards, and design.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is not too difficult to read, but to really comprehend each concept and practice, does take a bit more time.
My main criticism in this book is that it neither takes the step-by-step tutorial route, nor the high-level conceptual 'this is what you need to know--do it your own way' route. I really miss having code summaries like in Jon Duckett's HTML & CSS book, for the first chapters especially.
Mr. Hay walks you through a very simple mutli-device live-wireframing process and scatters code throughout. There is not a single page that says, "Okay, here's how your HTML and CSS should look up til now." Yes, you can access the code through his website, but I just LOVE the way Jon Duckett and his publishers decided to portray very similar information.
Overall, a good read, and very valuable, but could be formatted and organized for better and easier use.
I found that the beginning of the book was quite good in terms of explaining how responsive designs worked, but the author quickly started talking about his personal workflow including using archaic command-line topics. I would look for another text that provides more detailed examples.
If you're looking or CSS knowledge or a lots of good RWD patterns I'd look at other books as this is light as Dairy Queen ice cream, it's all just air in these portions, it's really more of a client facing, rapid wireframe advisor than anything else.
This book does offer valuable advice while most of it is not necessarily for the serious web developer, but more for the big picture guy that pitches the ideas. It does offer one piece of advice for the developer that I took to heart and that's designing for mobile first then expanding to larger screen sizes. This is valuable I felt and almost worth the price of admission for that alone to see a basic (and i mean very basic) workflow for a responsive site. However I also feel money could be better spent if a responsive web design work flow is really what you want to see rather than a lot of client-facing advice (albeit valuable for the client-facing individual).