This book is great for those of us that work in digital/web who have to work with those that don't. It's enlightening to those that work in organizatiThis book is great for those of us that work in digital/web who have to work with those that don't. It's enlightening to those that work in organizations that don't fully understand the web/digital. A lot of insight is given to the entire realm of working on web projects that includes how to modernize workflows and make positive changes to bring acceptance and understanding by clients, coworkers, and management.
As head of a web department- this book serves as a great reminder of the things that should be implemented and the things that I want to implement but haven't yet. As far as the understanding of non-digital personnel, it's insight into traditional corporate thinking has already helped my understanding of a current client or two- and certainly my management peers.
This book is great for those who have worked in digital for longer or shorter amounts of time- but the real benefits would come from the frame of experience that time has been spent in....more
I wanted to like this book more but found the writing to be a bit flat. The latter parts of the book dealing with his death were a little bit more inI wanted to like this book more but found the writing to be a bit flat. The latter parts of the book dealing with his death were a little bit more in depth and better in content.
As mentioned elsewhere this isn't a biography, but it does do a fairly good job of not only describing the Soviet history in space but of the times that they were accomplished and with difficulties both technical and bureaucratic. ...more
First off, if I could give this 3.5 stars, I would probably rather that- this book is very dependent on your existing workflow.
I enjoyed most of thisFirst off, if I could give this 3.5 stars, I would probably rather that- this book is very dependent on your existing workflow.
I enjoyed most of this book because it gave background into how much differently a RWD process can be from the way we've built sites in the past. There is absolutely no denying that in a production environment you're going to have to turn most of your process on it's head. That said, this book does it well, and not so well.
I liked it's focus on iterative design and implementation, the necessity of bringing in the browser during the design process, and explaining just how closely the designers are to the devs. The book excels at that.
Unfortunately there are a lot of places in this book that the process explained becomes less of a generalized best practices guide and more of a specific map to how this author designs and builds and it sets itself apart from the needs of some readers who may not be building on a scale, complexity, or just the same methods that the author uses. An entire chapter on Static Site Generators, in which the author introduces the concept of why it's useful and then proceeds to explain why he's chosen Dexy as his favorite- and then provides a walkthrough. That's a lot of book dedicated to a personal choice that isn't at the heart of RWD.
A lot of time spent on using Markdown to write content. Bringing in the command line for file operations. There's more, but the point has been made. There's a divergence here from real RWD core concepts and the author's personal software choices.
I bought a copy of this for the designer I'm bringing on to projects for design, as I'm a front end developer. I can appreciate the needs of understanding basic HTML/CSS, which he does go over somewhat- but breaking a graphics/design person or team that has a history of static design into a new realm of very specific software and individual author preferences for techy methods is a little hard to swallow.
Overall, this book does a good job of smashing the traditional perspectives on web design and truly creates a delineation of where the old stuff stops and the new stuff starts. It's been useful, but maybe not for a smaller or medium size team that doesn't have a design team with the chops to be fully adoptive of what's in the book.
Heck, I'm capable of implementing and using the software choices here to incorporate it into my workflow- but too often I was just thinking about how unnecessary it was. To each their own....more
Exactly what I needed to shift my understanding around responsive design and implementation. Apparently it was something regarding target÷context=resuExactly what I needed to shift my understanding around responsive design and implementation. Apparently it was something regarding target÷context=result the entire time....more