A while ago I was working on the design of the cover
of the "Smashing Book #3"
. It was my good intention to read the book right away and write a review, but unfortunately I wasn't able to manage this due to not finding the time and other more urgent matters. It just took me very long time to finish it. With #4
coming on the shelves in Sept./Oct. 2013, I know this review is way overdue…
I think it's safe to say that Fausto Coppi
, along with Eddy Merckx
belong in the category of the greatest cyclists of all time. There is a certain mystique surrounding this Italian 'Il Campionissimo
'. 53 years after his death he's still interesting enough to write a new book about him. That's exactly what Grinta
editor & Coppi fan Frederik Backelandt did.
People who follow me know that I like to take pictures when I'm out riding my bicycle. It's my way of showing how beautiful my little country really is. That's the reason why Instagram
is one of my favorite applications on my iPhone. Having all these lovely memories on your phone or computer is nice, but nothing beats having them on paper. That's where Mosaic
One of the books I've been reading the past couple of weeks is "HTML & CSS, design and build websites"
by Jon Duckett
. I particularly chose this book because of its beautiful light design, clean layout, the way things are visually presented
, and more importantly it's very well explained too. This book makes learning a dull technical matter like this more pleasant. It's a book for anyone
who wants to learn to design and build websites, and needs a starting point.
The term 'slicing'
makes me think about the early days of the web, but it's basically what we still do today, only in a different way. Sometimes we need to export a whole bunch of icons to png or jpeg. Wouldn't it be great if we could export, 50 or more icons, or other images, all at once in a matter of seconds? Now, that would save a lot of time! Thanks to Slicy
Around end of October of last year, Vitaly Friedman
of Smashing Magazine
asked me if I would be interested in contributing to the new Smashing Book #3
. There were a few options on how I could contribute, but since my days were already filled till around the Summer of 2012, it was clear to me that I could only find the time to design the cover. After a little doubting on my end, as I was a bit concerned about the timing, I decided to take on the project. This was just a too good opportunity, as the briefing basically said "Do your thing. We want your design"
. It would have been foolish to say no to such a fun creative challenge.
If you are a passionate web professional, who cares about Web Standards and best practices, and you have heard of the term "progressive enhancement", but want to know all about it, than this book "Adaptive Web Design"
, by Aaron Gustafson, published by Easy Readers
, is definitely for you. This book will tell you what it means, how it works, and how it can fit into your workflow. Writing a review of this great little book has long been on my "todo" list. Finally I found some time, and here it is…
There is this book I've been reading a while ago called 'The Web Designer's Idea Book Volume 2'
that I want to talk about in today's post. As the title says, it's the 2nd edition. I didn't read the 1st edition though, so I can't really compare, but I did enjoy this edition. Secondly, I should also mention that this book has been published a while ago, months ago actually. I've been reading it on and off… mostly at the hairdresser (Yes, I know!). Not that this means this book didn't trigger my interest enough. Not at all…just lack of time.
Hardboiled Web Design, by Andy Clarke
is a fabulous book aimed to web designers who want to learn about the creative opportunities offered by CSS3
, and who want to use it today. You don't need to know everything about CSS, but you need to be familiar with writing well-structured, meaningful HTML or XHTML markup and using CSS to implement your designs. While learning about the latest technologies on how to make your website and applications more creative, flexible and adaptive, this book also offers a fresh perspective on how to handle older, less capable browsers.