- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321410971
- ISBN-13: 978-0321410979
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 code Offers 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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Unfortunately, some of the book veers of into CSS 3, which isn't going to be a viable production option for a long, long time. Internet Explorer, the browser with, by far, the highest user base barely does an adequate job of supporting CSS 2, and that's with the brand new version, the first in 5 years. Including a chapter on it in this book is a waste of space. If I want a fantasy, I'll look in the fiction section.
Another quibble is in Clarke's justification for following web standards, especially when he compares building sites in Dreamweaver and hand coding. Saying that learning Dreamweaver is more difficult than learning HTML and CSS to the level needed to make it work in current browsers is plain silly. I am perfectly comfortable with either method and find that each has definite benefits. But the learning curve for hand coding is by far the steeper one. I don't have to browse the forums every week to learn new Dreamweaver workarounds as I do for CSS and Internet Explorer's shortcomings.
I've given more space here to the couple minor negatives than the numerous fine qualities of this book. Don't let my nit picking lead you to think I don't like this book. It is just that the book is so close to superb that its small faults really stand out. Transcending CSS is easily one of the top books for the web designer who wants to move from journeyman to master, maybe the best. It is well written by a highly knowledgeable designer, well structured, well paced and very attractive. Beginners, though, should probably start with something more basic.
I went from Beginning CSS Web Development: From Novice to Professional by Simon Collision (great book) to this. I thought maybe (from reading the description) this book may help inspire me but you know what a book (like this) cannot inspire you unless your that easily inspired to throw 30+ bucks away.
As I said this book doesn't take off for quite a while, if your like me you want a book to TEACH YOU CSS. Simon Collision's book did just that, i wanted to expand upon that with good visual designs and sites that were torn down and analyzed. That is done in this book but not as much as I would have like have seen. Many (including the authors) are calling this book a marvel of modern web design techniques and a "masterpiece in its own regard". I disagree. It is an "ok" book, maybe my expectations are too much but I don't think this book will inspire too much, goto a museum, sit outside, paint, read a newspaper, maybe that will inspire.
I just feel very disappointed by this book, so much so that I think it may be on its way back to amazon, its quite boring and if your like me your wondering when the hell is this thing going to take off, stop with the pretty pictures and show me sites and tear them apart. That is the best way to learn right?
I'm off to CSS Mastery and Bulletproof web design after this, maybe I should have read this book last for "inspiration".
Please don't think i'm a sour puss for giving this book a not so great review but I have to be a realist here and let those who are searching for an innovative CSS book to beware. If your a css master and are just damn bored and want flip through a picture book for 200 pages then by all means go ahead whip out your Amex, otherwise steer clear and pick up Beginning CSS Web Development and CSS Mastery.
Maybe I will have to reread this book although I think the pretty pictures won't inspire me the second go around anyway.