Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
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Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design

by Andy Clarke, Molly E. Holzschlag
     
 

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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

Overview

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

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
CSS permits web designers to gain near-total visual control over their sites. But it doesn't guarantee that you will. Most web designers aren't born coders, and in any case, code isn't enough. Transcending CSS takes you the rest of the way.

With guidance from the legendary Molly Holzschlag, Andy Clarke shows how to make sure CSS details never compromise your artistic vision. A wonderful chapter on "visualizing code" deepens your understanding of the relationship between great designs and their underlying CSS markup. You'll learn how to create visual sitemaps using the authors' innovative "markup guides"; build wireframes; and streamline site design workflow, from start to finish.

In a final chapter, Clarke and Holzschlag point you toward entirely new ways to express your personal inspiration as a web designer -- transcending not just CSS but HTML, XHTML, weird browsers, and even the cramped vision of your clients. Bill Camarda, from the December 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321410979
Publisher:
New Riders
Publication date:
11/29/2006
Series:
Voices That Matter Series
Pages:
371
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet 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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