Announcing Handcrafted CSS
So this Dan fellow went and wrote another book. It’s called Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design. After having read it, I can safely say that it’s going to be really great stuff. Much of Dan’s writing and speaking over the past year has been about this notion of “web craftsmanship,” of producing compelling design through a careful attention to detail.
As you can imagine, a book like that isn’t geared to high-level overviews. And frankly, it’s better for it: Dan jumps right into how advanced CSS and CSS3 can invigorate the design techniques we’ve come to rely upon over the years. By anchoring the book’s chapters to a website for the fictional “Tugboat Coffee Company”, Dan grounds each of his examples in practical, real world examples. Wondering how you can start using
rgba() color declarations today, or how best to rock your
border-radius? The book has you covered, and it’s a fun, edifying read.
Why am I telling you all of this, you ask? Well, I actually contributed to Dan’s book, and I’m stupidly excited. I wrote an in-depth chapter on fluid grids, and how to apply them to a real-world site layout. Think of it as a more practical extension of my article for ALA, and the companion essay on fluid images: rather than covering abstract examples, the “Fluid Grids” chapter in Handcrafted CSS shows how to convert a fixed-width site into a flexible, bulletproof layout.
But even if I hadn’t contributed, this is a book to be excited about. Frankly, it’s really great to see that Dan’s got a new book out: he’s one of the more thoughtful, detail-oriented designers I know, and his writing has always reflected that. Handcrafted CSS a fun, informative read, and packed with great insight on how to practice true web craftsmanship.