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Responsive Web Design (A Book Apart #4)

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From mobile browsers to netbooks and tablets, users are visiting your sites from an increasing array of devices and browsers. Are your designs ready? Learn how to think beyond the desktop and craft beautiful designs that anticipate and respond to your users’ needs. Ethan Marcotte will explore CSS techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images, and ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by A Book Apart (first published March 1st 2011)
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Responsive Web Design by Ethan MarcotteDesigning for Emotion by Aarron WalterHTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy KeithMobile First by Luke WroblewskiCSS3 For Web Designers by Dan Cederholm
A Book Apart
1st out of 13 books — 22 voters
Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina HalvorsonHTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy KeithDesigning with Web Standards by Jeffrey ZeldmanWeb Form Design by Luke WroblewskiBulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm
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Elaine Nelson
Sep 26, 2011 Elaine Nelson rated it it was amazing
A very short book; I think it took me an hour or so to read all the way through. brings together all the threads of the Responsive Web Design concept in a clear and useful way. (He's self-deprecating about it, but the math for calculating a flexible grid's proportions based on a pixel grid is easy and just what I needed.) I ended the book fired up to do design this way from now on, and to go back and update sites I already have out there. Great color screenshots, easy-to-read code. And ...more
Matt McClard
Aug 07, 2011 Matt McClard rated it it was amazing
Silly comment reader, don't read this comment when you could be reading the book this comment is about. It's awesome and might change web development for the better for the rest of humanity and you are just wasting time reading a review that has little to nothing to do with it.

Seriously, go read the book. You could have already read the first page by now.
Sep 22, 2012 Jeb rated it it was ok
This book was uselessly beginnerish.
I can't imagine that anyone who'd pick this book up would be less than an intermediate Web designer. Beginners are way too focused on the functionality of their products to really think much of design beyond the basics. This book is targeted toward them and they're not going to read it.
Jun 24, 2011 Stringy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: front-end web developers
Like all the previous items from A Book Apart, this is concise, useful and finds room for a little humour too. This one is about making websites that will cope with the multitude of different browser sizes and contexts web developers have to deal with these days.

I've read almost all the articles Marcotte references, and had started using some of the principles before beginning this book. But Marcotte brings them altogether in a way that has thoroughly convinced me to give up on merely elastic la
Corey Capetillo
Aug 29, 2011 Corey Capetillo rated it liked it
I've just finished going through the book and it's examples. It's quite handy in that it's collected several techniques for building a 'responsive' layout design. However, only look to this book for theory and history. This is NOT a step-by-step guide in building a responsive site from scratch. Previous experience in HTML, CSS, and Javascript is highly recommended.

See, this book has been written like many of the web development (html/css/js/php) tutorials you can find online by simply performing
Adam Wiggins
Dec 27, 2012 Adam Wiggins rated it really liked it
Responsive web design is the idea that, when creating a web page, it should work seamlessly and correctly on all screen sizes and devices, from an iPhone or Android phone up through a widescreen desktop computer. But with so many computing devices available today (and many more coming in the future), you can't hope to customize the experience for each device.

Instead, the page's HTML, CSS, and Javascript should adapt to the device's reported capabilities. This book uses an example site to demonst
Graham Herrli
Finally a book written by a designer who can actually write. Ethan Marcotte has a lively style, supporting his statements with vibrant anecdotes, analogies, jokes, and concrete examples. He grounds the book in traditional architecture and art history just enough to give it depth without detracting from its focus of responsive web design.

My favorite quotation from the book is:
Pretend for a moment that you're working as a front-end developer. (If you're already a front-end developer, well, prete
Jul 15, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: web-design-n-dev
Is it too soon to call this book seminal? A decade ago, Jeffrey Zeldman's Designing WIth Web Standards certainly fit that description, convincing many of us to drop our table-based layouts in favour of accessible, standards-compliant CSS layouts. By my estimation Ethan Marcotte's 'Responsive Web Design' looks set to become just as formative by calling for another new approach to designing websites - this time, one better suited to the ever-increasing number of devices and browsers that people us ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I found the whole book particularly interesting and believe anyone web-business-related can benefit from reading it.

Why I find it interesting? Because:

1. The book is technical enough for dev people not to get bored when reading, but covers all the fundaments: fluid coding (em, %), media-queries, progressive enhancement rather than degradation. (Chapters II - IV)

2. The book is not technical to much for designers - going through 'technical' part of the book gives design-heads an idea of what dev
May 29, 2015 Davy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
(3.5) Finally finished this book again! When I had read this the first time, I didn't notice the bit regarding working with engineering collaboratively, but I appreciated the recommendation to get to a live prototype in code and iterate the design with engineering, rather than spinning your wheels in a design tool.

This was a good updated primer for RWD, but I think the Responsible Responsive book has more tactical knowledge for engineers looking to implement responsive designs.
Paul Lumsdaine
Apr 07, 2016 Paul Lumsdaine rated it it was amazing
A technical approach rooted in the history of responsive design by the man who coined the phrase. Highly recommend.
Oct 15, 2012 Reido rated it it was amazing
Web design is a field that's always progressing with time. And as a web designer it might seem intimidating. Because new standards are brought into play every 3 years, of even sooner. So it's a field that in which reinventing your self is is not an option. This book goes over the new creative method for designing websites that's sustainable for creating pages for all different devices. I would say if your feeling alarmed about approaching this new coding method. Don't be. Ethan Marcotte makes hi ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Mina_rrat rated it it was amazing
For everybody who has not read this book yet and would like to know more about responsive web design, I would highly recommend it to you. I cannot compare it with other books of this kind as I have not read any others, but I can draw my conclusions by the content I have read.

I liked it. Much. It was both helpful, easy-going and humorous because you had the feeling the author was really talking to you.

Well, okay. I suppose we can clean that up. If it’s really bothering you, I mean.

Besides, he us
Mar 06, 2012 Carlos rated it it was amazing
Excelente libro introduccion al responsive web design. Lo que me gustó es que es muy conceptual y los ejemplos técnicos de como implementarlo son bastante puntuales y ejemplificadores. Me imagino que a la hora de realizar una aplicación completa es necesario saber mucho más que eso, pero lo bueno de este libro es el enfoque desde el punto de vista del diseño y no solo del código.
Jason Zimdars
Jun 13, 2011 Jason Zimdars rated it really liked it
Highly recommended. Along with HTML5 For Web Designers, it is easily the best of "A Book Apart" offerings. It's a quick read with concrete examples –you can start using what you learn here immediately. It is well written and even funny at times. ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
A really well written and thoroughly illustrated conceptualization of responsive web design. This is a book for coders and non-coders alike that provides ammunition for the fight to redevelop organizational websites that can be accessed device nonspecifically. A very good read if you're in the throes of working on a new website and would like it to function universally.
Jan 24, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first edition of this landmark treatise. But I have to say I'm a little disappointed in this second edition. While the original book is merely three years old, it suffers a bit with outdated examples, as most books dealing with web-related topics tend to do. The opportunity to do some heavy updating to the supporting examples and details for this edition was sorely missed, and the result is a odd mixture of old and new that is heavily weighted by the latter.

James Cridland
Dec 26, 2011 James Cridland rated it it was amazing
I don't normally buy books like this, but this is a great tutorial into proper responsive web design; very well written and simple to understand. I've not finished it - because halfway through everything kind of "clicked" and I could do the job I wanted to do. I'd recommended it.
William Cline
Pretty good introduction to responsive Web design. Strikes the right balance between principles and concrete application.

It could use an update; my edition doesn't discuss CSS flexbox. Maybe the author can cut out all the cheesy jokes while he's at it.
May 21, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
A good overview of responsive design; however, when you got to the end and the issue of mobile-first design arose, it felt a little as if the rest of the book took you to a partial dead end.
Luis Fernando Franco
Dec 10, 2015 Luis Fernando Franco rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book on how to make responsive web pages without using a framework like bootstrap or something similar.

Before this book I tried lots of times to do something appealing to the eye without using a framework and failed misserabily, the steps in the book are quite clear, and will help anybody on the craft of a responsive webpage.

The book falls short on explaining design concepts, it only talks about why you should think on "mobile first" and gives lots of examples, but I was l
Ricardo Rocha
Jan 05, 2012 Ricardo Rocha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: web-development
Great book, It helps to understand why Responsive web design is important now a days, and gives some code that helps understand the concept and implementing the idea.
Michelle Lynne
Jun 19, 2015 Michelle Lynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is incredibly informative. Marcotte uses the perfect amount of images to help support the text, and the perfect amount of humour to get the reader through a nonfiction book about writing code. This book is for people who know basic HTML and CSS (he doesn't get into explaining the basics, so you need to know them), but I have very basic knowledge of both HTML and CSS, and I found that he explained this responsive method in a way that made it super easy to understand and made me think I ...more
Bill DePhillips
Even though it's intentionally brief, I actually thought this book was way too long for the subject matter. If you know nothing about responsive design or fluid layouts, you might appreciate going through the author's case study website at a very slow pace, but for anyone who has done modern web design, I felt like I had seen this all before. I also didn't really care for the writing style of the author. A lot of the cheesy attempts at humor just slowed down the already slow pace.

Instead of this
Sep 02, 2012 Angela added it
It's so good! cool!
Sep 17, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
In "Reponsive Web Design", Ethan Marcotte provides an introduction to the oncept of, well, responsive web design - mostly by example. Over the course of the book, he walks through the design of a website, starting by implementing (via HTML and CSS) an exact duplicate of an original design. Then, he introduces various problems with static web pages, and demonstrates how to make the example page more responsive. (Problems include larger or smaller than expected browser windows, mobile phone and ta ...more
Feb 04, 2014 A rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: web designers new to responsive web design
Recommended to A by: Steve Struemph
Shelves: 2013
A friend gave me a copy of this when he heard I got a job as an in-house web designer and would be focusing on redesigning websites to be more responsive. I only just barely understood what responsive design was when I started reading this book, but by the end of it I had a clear sense of the principles and how they could be implemented.

If you're a web designer and know a little about responsive design, then you're at least aware of Marcotte's 2010 article on the subject, on which this book is b
Eugene Kravtsov
Jun 22, 2012 Eugene Kravtsov rated it it was amazing
Shelves: web-development, css
Good overview of responsive design approach. I had been reading on the topic for a little while (including some of the articles referenced in this book), but it seemed to me very advanced, arcane even, and I was hesitant to plunge into it (general designing with web standards given the constraints of the popular CM systems is difficult enough). After reading this book, however, I see that it is not as dark as I had painted it.

Mr. Marcotte starts out by making the case for responsive web design a
Aug 08, 2013 Alison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
I am a designer who doesn't code; at my job the design team works closely with the development team when designing a website. I maintain a rough familiarity with how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are used to build out a site, so that the sketches, and later the designs, I show the developers are conceived with an understanding of the possibilities and likely to need few major changes in order to reach fruition.

This book is a wonderfully concise and beautifully written (read: inspiring!) overview of
Karen Mardahl
Apr 22, 2012 Karen Mardahl rated it really liked it
I read this book for the UX Book Club Copenhagen, and we'll discuss it in 2 days time.

The book itself is a delight to read. It's easy to get through, well laid out, conversational language, clear examples. I mean, if Jason Santa Maria helped to design it, that is kind of cheating. :) I mean, he's a superstar designer.
I like the shortlinks system used in the book. And... it's nice that the long form is spelled out at the back of the book. The shortlink text is really easy to remember. If any get
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