Category: Books

Reviews and rec­om­men­da­tions of books on design and development.

International Book Giveaway

My two books, The Book of CSS3 and The Mod­ern Web, have been trans­lat­ed into many dif­fer­ent lan­guages, and I get sent cour­tesy copies of most of the trans­la­tions. How­ev­er, I’m run­ning out of space on my book­shelves so I’m going to give some of them away to any­one who’s inter­est­ed. Lists of all the spare copies I have are below; if you’d like one, email with your postal address (nb: see cri­te­ria at the end of this post) and the edi­tion you want.

Also, a quick reminder: The Book of CSS3, Sec­ond Edi­tion is still on sale. Ful­ly revised and updat­ed, with two all-new chapters.

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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 and 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.



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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