Category: Books

Reviews and recommendations of books on design and development.

Please Welcome The Book of CSS3, Second Edition

Today I was very excited to open a package and find fresh-off-the-presses copies of The Book of CSS3, Second Edition. Which inevitably leads me onto this: I’m very pleased to announce the release of The Book of CSS3, Second Edition. Fully revised and updated from the first edition, with two new chapters, many more completely rewritten, new illustrations throughout, and every chapter edited to include the most up to date information on browser support and changes to the spec. It took me as long to write the second edition as it did the first!

The book covers: media queries; selectors; fonts, text and typography; backgrounds and borders; color, opacity and gradients; transformations; transitions and animations; multiple columns; flexbox; grid layout; and new chapters on values and sizing, and blending, filters, masking and clipping.

When I started work on The Book of CSS3 some four and a half years ago(!), support for the various CSS3 properties across browsers was spotty and inconsistent. This meant that it was necessary for the book to detail the many implementation differences and quirks, which had the unfortunate knock-on effect of making the book date faster than it might have otherwise. In the years since, however, support has become much more standardised and consistent, so I could concentrate on making the second edition much more stable and future-proofed.

You can buy The Book of CSS3, Second Edition direct from No Starch Press — every print copy comes with free eBook. Alternatively, you can buy the print copy from Amazon (US or UK), or the print or eBook from O’Reilly.

Update: This weekend (from 7th November) get a 30% discount when you buy direct from No Starch. The eBook and paperback bundle for under $25! Use the code STYLIN at checkout.


CSS Day and Responsive Design Workflow

I’ve just returned from a few days in Amsterdam, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the first (and only?) CSS Day, an event organised by the team behind Mobilism and Fronteers, who are consummately professional and deserve huge congratulations and thanks for all their work. The conference had the aim of diving deep into CSS through each of the eight speakers discussing a module (or modules) of the CSS spec. My chosen subject was Animations and Transitions; my slides are online now, video should follow shortly.

The day before the conference I gave a whole-day workshop on Responsive Web Design, teaching design and development approaches and — more importantly — a new workflow more adapted to the demands of the new way of working. I was helped hugely in this by the fact that I’d recently finished reading Stephen Hay’s new book, Responsive Design Workflow.

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40% off when you pre-order The Modern Web

I’m very excited to be holding a copy of my new book, The Modern Web, in my hands, and nervous to see what everyone else thinks when it goes on sale next week. If you’d like a copy you can get a whopping 40% off when you pre-order through the publisher in the next week — plus every print copy comes with a FREE eBook. I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering, and look forward (guardedly!) to hearing what you think.


The Modern Web: download a sample chapter

My new book, The Modern Web, will be released at the end of this month, and if you’re interested in reading a sample you can download a PDF of Chapter 6: Device APIs. Readers in North America can now pre-order a copy from the Barnes & Noble website, or drop in to a B&N store in a few weeks.


The Modern Web, and The Future of Web Design

The cover of the book, The Modern WebI am delighted and very proud to announce my new book, The Modern Web. It’s about the modern open web technologies — HTML5, CSS3, SVG, JavaScript, DOM APIs, et al — that are required to build websites and applications in the new multi-device era. Basically, it’s about the Web Platform, but my publishers didn’t think the word “platform” was sexy enough so I had to drop it.

It’s not quite finished yet — I’m still in a final round of edits — but is planned for release in April. I’ll be further promoting it nearer that time (of course), but if you’re interested in pre-ordering you can get good prices from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Or, if you prefer, you can pre-order “The Modern Web” directly from No Starch Press and get a 30 percent discount and a free eBook copy. It’s a great deal.

I’m equally delighted to announce that I’ll be speaking at Future of Web Design in London, in May of this year, along with a great line-up of excellent speakers. I’ll also be giving a one-day CSS3 Masterclass before the conference. Tickets are on sale now, and if you book before 1st March you’ll get £100 off the total price. Another great deal.


Smashing Magazine CSS3 eBook

My article Adventures in the Third Dimension, published by Smashing Magazine earlier this year, is now available in one of the collected Smashing eBooks; buy Mastering CSS3 for $4.99, or get the whole Coding Bundle of five eBooks for $21.90.


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I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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