The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web

The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web


$37.87 $44.99 Save 16% Current price is $37.87, Original price is $44.99. You Save 16%.


Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321303479
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 02/17/2005
Series: Voices That Matter Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Dave Shea is the creator and cultivator of the highly influential CSS Zen Garden Web site ( As well as being a member of the Web Standards Project, Dave is the owner and director of Bright Creative, and he writes about all things Web for his daily weblog, With over 6 years of experience working on the Web, Dave is a leader of the new generation of Web designers that believe in responsible Web design.

An author, instructor, and Web designer, Molly E. Holzschlag has written over 27 books related to 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. There is little doubt that in the world of Web design and development, Molly is one of the most fun and vibrant Web characters around. As a steering committee member for the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works along with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote W3C recommendations. For more about Molly, check out

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
archerygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I was a fan of the website and I wasn't disappointed. The designs are absolutely beautiful and there is discussion of both the technical side of creating them in CSS and a bit of the artistic side of designing them. Whenever I'm feeling a bit low on inspiration on a project, I pick this book up and flick through it because it always gets the ideas flowing.
RicDay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply inspirational, this book challenges you to think about what you can do to improve your code.
csleh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice reference book for css.
marccsantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An outstanding exploration of one of the internet's coolest social experiments: good for any level of XHTML / CSS experience. If you know how to code an unordered list, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up.
johnewart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book: it collects together a diverse range of website designs (using CSS) and then dissects the CSS code. It's inspirational and practical.
sanbeiji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's nice to deconstruct a few of the killer designs from the very inspirational CSS Zen Garden. It's one thing to learn the technology, and it's an entirely different thing to learn how to apply it in meaningful and innovative ways. This book is about the latter - how to put the technology to use in an artistic and elegant fasion.
Mr_Barton More than 1 year ago
If you have a basic understanding of the syntax and usage of CSS, this may serve as a great second book. It will won't necessarily teach the fundamentals as much as show you inspiring ways to put them to use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been following the Zen Garden for some time and was reluctant to purchase the book because I thought 'what more can it teach me?' Well, a lot more. If you are great with code and want to learn more about the design end of things....this is great. Also, if you want to learn the code it's got a lot of examples, but you should have a basic understanding of HTML & CSS. The main thing this book gives you is ideas and principles for coming up with a design that will work with pure CSS, and then techniques for implementing that design. The chapter on special effects goes above and beyond. The book is well-written and is a joy to read. Sidebars and full-color illustrations keep me interested. It's broken into tiny little sections within each chapter that you can finish whenever you have spare time. I highly reccommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The organization and content of this book is absolutely superb. If you are a web developer that is already aware of CSS and wants to improve their design capabilities look no further. Intermediate CSS techniques are thoroughly explained and displayed for you with some of the most popular CSS Zen Garden designs submitted as examples. Regardless of the topic in The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web is addressed with practical techniques for you to think about in the design of your own web sites. Although not a bible on web design or CSS I would dare say that 80% of the design issues that a web developer runs into are addressed whether it is layout, color, or imagery. For advanced designer this book may lack depth, but for its size and cost it is an absolute steal for the content provided. There are some books that are written in a manner in which you know the author(s) wanted to put together something that they could really take pride in. This is one of those books. Even the other resources mentioned in this book provide the reader with sites that contain voluminous reading material of an extremely high caliber. I'd definitely recommend this book to any web developer. It has found a coveted place on my bookshelf and I do not say that lightly.