Hardboiled Web Design

by Tom Kenny (@tkenny)

I learnt CSS from Andy Clarke’s and Molly Holzschlag’s CSS for Designers video tutorials (highly recommended for beginners) and now Andy has a new book out called Hardboiled Web Design. I’ve only just finished the first section and had a peek at the example files but I’m thoroughly enjoying it and itching to read more. Here’s what it’s all about:

Hardboiled Web Design is different. It’s for people who want to understand why, when and how to use the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technologies in their everyday work. Not tomorrow or next week, but today.

Andy’s reasoning is that we should be designing and building websites for the best technology available to us while still making it accessible to browsers that don’t support the latest CSS advancements.

If we’re going to create the inspiring websites that our customers expect,we must look beyond how we’ve approached rogressive enhancement and graceful degradation in the past. Simply ‘rewarding’ people who use more capable browsers with rounded corners and drop shadows and generally settling for less isn’t enough.

Instead we should take full advantage of new technologies, and craft every user’s experience so that it’s appropriate to the capabilities of the browser they’re using. That will likely mean that designs will look different — sometimes very different — across browsers.

I’m on board. Are you?

Let me know what you think by sending me an @tkenny reply on Twitter.

Source: http://fivesimplesteps.com/books/hardboiled-web-design

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by Tom Kenny

I’m a freelance web designer and front-end developer with 9 years of experience designing for the web. Follow me on Twitter here.