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Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required).

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Dave Shea is the creator and cultivator of the highly influential CSS Zen Garden Web site (www.csszengarden.com). As well as being a member of the Web Standards Project, Dave is the owner and director of Bright Creative, and he writes about all things Web for his daily weblog, mezzoblue.com. With over 6 years of experience working on the Web, Dave is a leader of the new generation of Web designers that believe in responsible Web design.

An author, instructor, and Web designer, Molly E. Holzschlag has written over 27 books related to Web design and development. She's been coined "one of the greatest digerati" and deemed one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web. There is little doubt that in the world of Web design and development, Molly is one of the most fun and vibrant Web characters around. As a steering committee member for the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works along with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote W3C recommendations. For more about Molly, check out www.molly.com.

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frankbaele, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by frankbaele)
I bought this book because I was working on a website with good content but poor presentation. I wanted to get ideas about how to make a website look good and be web standards compliant. This book has certainly given me a lot of inspiration and tips on how to improve the presentation using CSS. The CSS snippets throughout are great for explaining simply how special effects can be achieved.

This is a book that will still be relevant when web technologies change because it gives a glimpse of the big picture: how content can be displayed in so many different and interesting ways. In the end, that's what every web designer is trying to achieve, no matter how they do it today or tomorrow.
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mkdigi, February 19, 2009 (view all comments by mkdigi)
This book was my first web design book and is still my favorite after designing for the web after 5 years.

The book goes through levels of design as sections of the book, showcasing different websites and breaking them down to elemental graphic and technical levels.

The whole premise of the book and its coordinating website is that creating clean and functional HTML and building dynamic CSS around that serves to better web accessibility and graphic control for the designer.

I have found with a lot of tech books that after they have been on the market for 6 months the information usually becomes outdated.

This book is copyrighted in 2005 and I still go over and read it monthly whenever I need some inspiration or technical solutions. The information has stayed relevant.

In summary, I highly recommend it for design beginners, amateurs and pros.
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Product Details

Visual Enlightenment for the Web
Shea, Dave
Holzschlag, Molly E.
Peachpit Press
Internet - Web Site Design
Web sites
Web - Page Design
Web sites -- Design.
Web site development
Internet - General
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Trade paper
Voices That Matter
Publication Date:
February 2005
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9.46x8.42x.65 in. 1.79 lbs.

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