Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)

There’s a real connection between craftsmanship and Web design. That’s the theme running through Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, by bestselling author Dan Cederholm, with a chapter contributed by renowned Web designer and developer Ethan Marcotte. This book explores CSS3 that works in today’s browsers, and you’ll be convinced that now’s the time to start experimenting with it.

Whether you’re a Web designer, project manager, or a graphic designer wanting to learn

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5 thoughts on “Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)

  1. Review by db for Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)
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    An excellent addition to Cederholm’s previous titles, “Handcrafted CSS” offers more solutions for forward-thinking web craft. If you are new to Web Design or CSS this is not the place to start. It is intended for experienced presentation coders who have a solid foundation in web standards. This title is bundled with a companion DVD. Both the book and DVD are also sold separately.

    About the DVD:

    The video is about an hour long and provides a pleasant overview of the material covered in the book. Topics include workflow practices, graceful browser degradation (Bulletproofing) and notably; progressive enhancement using CSS3 properties. If you’ve attended one of the author’s speaking engagements within the last few years the material may be familiar. Mr. Cederholm presents the concepts in a thoughtful and entertaining manner. There is not a lot of information contained in this DVD but the ideas are clear and the advice is sound. If you are looking for deep instruction I would not recommend the DVD as a stand alone purchase. It’s a nice companion to the book.

    The book explores the above topics in greater detail. Offering thoughtful techniques and methods for achieving common and interesting designs. Mr. Cerholm encourages coders – by example – to optimize presentation for best and worst case scenarios. He also emphasizes that designs don’t have to look the same in every browser. Not only is this OK, but accepting this notion will open up creative possibilities for elegant, forward-thinking solutions. It’s worth noting that the chapter contributed by Ethan Marcotte about fluid grids is thought-provoking and useful as well. Other topics include Font Embedding and an introduction to JQuery.

    This is not an encyclopedic resource of CSS solutions. More a collection of ideas intended to encourage thoughtful problem solving for a fluid design medium. Like “Bulletproof” this is a quick read. The material is presented in a logical and simple manner. If you seek to inspire your CSS technique to a higher level of “Craftsmanship” you will enjoy this book. Recommended for serious Web Presentation Designers.

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    Review by The Critter for Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)
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    While there are many excellent authors with books and blogs about web design and coding, Dan Cederholm is one of the very few that consistently provide clear and understandable instruction on the how and why of web design craftsmanship. As a web coding technician, I use his first book, “Web Standards Solutions”, often to educate other coders on the proper way to use and code tables in HTML and CSS – it is simply the best.

    His latest published effort, “Handcrafted CSS, More Bulletproof Web Design”, is another sterling example of his skills in explaining how to code web pages using best practices in CSS and semantic, standards-based design and coding techniques. What sets this volume apart is the DVD that comes bundled with it, where you get a personal tutorial on 10 essential Bulletproof CSS guidelines, tips and techniques. Just watching this I learned a couple of techniques that I didn’t know already and will apply immediately at my job.

    And the book of course, is another well written, clearly illustrated volume that steps you through the process and reasoning behind crafting well written and semantic CSS for accessible and usable web design.

    This book is definitely a must have for web designers and coders from novice to professional!

  3. Review by Jason Robb for Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)
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    If you make web sites, you need to OWN this book. It’s one that you’ll refer to time and time again. This book (along with Design With Web Standards) is a must have. The video edition is especially awesome. There are some things that are best said, rather than written. Dan knows his craftsmanship, you’ll undoubtedly view web design in a whole different light after reading this book and watching his tips on the companion video.

  4. Review by jamiefl for Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)
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    as someone just taking the plunge from print to web, dan’s book great at giving us the why’s and how-to’s of CSS web design. this book’s dive into CSS3 properties, the fluid grid, form styling, etc. are great.

    its also nice to be able to download the templates that the book refers to so you can see everything in action. my only complaint is how it just dives right into the code samples without a simple “how to use this book” paragraph. i ended up just creating a new “practice” xhtml file & CSS file to play with the examples. just don’t expect this book to be like a “tutorial” where at the end, you’ll wind up with a beautiful, functioning site you put together through the chapters. expect things to sort of jump around a bit, and plan to experiment on your own rather than being hand-held through a process.

    i also really liked his real-world help with “frameworks”, setting up a group of files to jump-start new projects, complete with solid, functioning code you can start implementing in your own work right away.

    overall i learned a lot & the video portion was a nice wrap up to watch at the end.

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