Book Review: CSS3 For Web Designers

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CSS3 For Web Designers
The second book from the fairly new A Book Apart series shifts its focus fittingly from HTML5 for Web Designers to CSS3 For Web Designers. This book by Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) is in line with the short and focus driven goal of all components of the series. Sitting pretty at 120 pages, this book is a 1 or 2 day read for someone looking to sit down and read through it cover to cover. More importantly though it serves as a great little reference tool for those parts of CSS3 that designers can, or should, feel comfortable using today.

Much like the first book in the series, CSS3 For Web Designers has narrowed its scope to only include elements of the new specification that have broad browser support and practical applications that designers can use right now. For Dan this consists of transitions, hover-crafting, transforms, multiple backgrounds and an array of form improvements.

For me reading through this book was a blast. I was happy to see some support for CSS3 elements that I already use in a lot of my projects as well as some fantastic examples that will undoubtedly bulk up my current use of CSS3. This book is easy to read and does not fall into the dull category that is so easy for these kinds of books to find themselves in.

The most compelling argument that is made throughout the book is that web designers have the opportunity to take advantage of these examples and techniques right now instead of playing the hoping, wishing and waiting game. CSS3 For Web Designers does a great job of not only talking the talk but also walking the walk for this argument, giving solid examples of how CSS3 can be used right now to enhance the experience of a web site without breaking functionality for the browsers that currently lack support.

If any designers out there are still debating whether you should get this book I would certainly recommend it. A Book Apart has done a fantastic job of providing valuable resources for designers at very reasonable prices and in effective packages. CSS3 For Web Designers is most certainly one of these resources. Designers and developers who pick up this book will be better at CSS3 by the end of the week.

So if you haven’t yet, grab a copy of this book and while you’re at it pick up a copy of HTML5 For Web Designers as well. I have been entirely impressed with the products coming out of A List Apart to this point and I look forward to the titles that will be coming out in early 2011.

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