I have been waiting for this book to come out for months. Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design by Andy Clarke could be the book of the year for web designers.
I have to admit, I am a big fan of Clarke’s. I found his blog a couple of years ago and was hooked straight away, then last year I was fortunate enough to attend the “CSS for designers” workshop presented by Andy and Molly E. Holzschlag, If you ever get the chance to see these two speak I highly recommend it. Andy’s session at @media 2006 was entertaining and inspiring.
Andy is a classically trained artist who went on to work in in advertising as a designer. He has specialised in the web for nearly ten years. His designs are always fantastic and frankly inspirational.
Here’s what the book’s website has to say:
The web has changed, and so has the art of creating web sites. Few visual designers are natural programmers, and as a result, visualizing how to work with markup, CSS and a range of programmatic techniques to create beautiful design is difficult.
To make things more complicated, most web design teaching materials focus on the technical rather than the creative. Countless resources and guides focus on semantics, compliance, and validity—and while all important—mean nothing to the creative designer who wants to impress his or her clients and employers with exceptional design without worrying that the way they approach the design will be compromised by creativity-limiting technical issues. So how do creative designers learn to be artistic yet functional? With Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design.
I’m hoping that Trancending CSS will live up to my expectations, it’s certainly going on my Christmas list.