Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Book review)
If you’re looking for a Web design book that you can put on your coffee table without feeling like a geek, look no further. In Transcending CSS, Andy Clarke combines technical expertise with graphic design skills to create a book that is as beautiful as it is inspiring.
This book is a bit hardcore with regards to progressive enhancement. The principles of Transcendent CSS include going all the way with CSS 2.1 selectors and the parts of CSS 3 that have been implemented in browsers. Yes, that means using them now instead of waiting for all browsers to catch up. These are the principles of Transcendent CSS:
- Not all browsers see the same design.
- Use all available CSS selectors.
- Use CSS3 where possible to look to the future.
- Avoid using hacks and filters.
- Use semantic naming conventions and microformats.
- Share your ideas, and collaborate with others.
These are all great principles to follow when designing or developing for the Web, and the entire book is focused on these principles.
I have a couple of quibbles, as always. First, I do not agree with Andy’s statement that element id:s like
Don’t let my nitpicking stop you from buying Transcending CSS though. It is very refreshing to see a book that is mainly aimed at graphic designers focus on content and structure first, and visual design later.
- Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
- Author: Andy Clarke
- ISBN-10: 0321410971
- ISBN-13: 978-0321410979
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