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Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles

(A Book Apart #15)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 18th 2015 by A Book Apart
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: development
Ethan Marcotte always has a great way of explaining complex topics. A mix of academic precision with a flair of humor, Ethan puts together a book that breaks down the concept of pages into the design systems and patterns we're noticing taking place in our designs. Breaking out from seeing breakpoints as just "mobile", "tablet", and "desktop", Ethan encourages readers to see passed that fixed language and calls for us to build a design language as flexible as the web. Concise and too the point Et ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and focused. Not a ton of new content for me; I think I must have read excerpts or related essays online before. A more intro book, and I might reference it for some patterns on future projects. The historical context of online advertising was interesting.
A good book about common patterns and principles involved in responsive design.

While I doubt the coverage of patterns is exhaustive, most of the covered patterns are very common (I used some of them recently), and the commentary about pros and cons of the patterns is good.

As for principles, these are kinda sprinkled in with the patterns when they are pertinent to patterns and also discussed holistically when they are more about responsive design and not pertaining to a specific pattern. I liked
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May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the approach to different problems, but I was anticipating a bit less code and a bit more depth of situational problems. DEFINITELY a good read for developers. Not really new information for the UX designers staying shy of development. (I used it in my UX class.)
Stephanie Francis
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most A Book Apart titles, this is a concise, solid all-rounder covering the most challenging aspects of designing for multiple contexts. A companion workbook going deeper on some of the key chapters would be great but it points to a lot of useful external resources.
Tobias Skog
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design, www
A must-read if you're working with responsive sites in any way. I highly recommend reading the epub version with embedded videos — they do a fantastic job of illustrating the examples.
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for designing a responsive website. Ethan gave best practice with very simple explanations. If you are a designer, front end web developer or PM you should read this book. It'll not taking lot of your time to understand responsive web.
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