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Dan Cederholm is a designer, author, speaker, husband, and father living in Massachusetts. He’s the Founder and Principal of SimpleBits LLC, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based web design, Dan has worked with YouTube, Microsoft, Google, MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and others. Dan is co-founder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant community for sharing screenshots of your work. His other bestselling books include CSS3 For Web Designers and Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design. He’s currently an aspiring clawhammer banjoist and occasionally wears a baseball cap.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Still relevant, but deserved a complete rewrite Jan. 30 2012
By J. Padgett - Published on
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As the owner of the first edition of the book, I immediately bought this 3rd Edition when I saw it available for Kindle. This would be a five-star book for someone who has taken the past five or ten years off from designing, but only warrants three stars as a current publication. Unfortunately the author (whom I admire and follow online) left a lot of material from the first edition intact. Thus probably 25% of the book is devoted to educating us on the downsides of designing web pages with table-based layouts, the examples of which are taken from websites dating back to 2005 in some cases. This was clearly a fresh perspective back then, heralding the approach of vastly superior CSS-based layouts, but is old news today. Spending the first pages of every chapter demonstrating why table-based layouts are inferior is essentially a waste of space. To his credit, he does provide CSS solutions to the problems detailed in the book, including some use of CSS3 for rounded corners, gradients, etc., but it seems a real opportunity was missed to spend more time on those solutions. All in all the book is solid in its information and advice, but devotes too much space to presenting and analyzing outdated practices. I hope the fourth edition will be a complete rewrite with more useful substance for present-day designers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not a big improvement over the 2nd Edition. Aug. 17 2012
By Simcat - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you have previous editions of this book and want to get this one as an update my opinion is to save your money.

I was especially looking forward to the final chapter and it turned out to be a big disappointment. Just when you want to put it all together he seems to skim through the project. It also seems to be incomplete. He goes ahead and styles his Bagel page nicely leaving the reader without assets, incomplete styling examples with no downloads at all?

If you are looking to learn Responsive Web Design and are familiar with CSS go I'd find a more complete book on the subject. If you are learning CSS just pick up the previous edition for cheap.

I'd give the 2nd edition x4 stars and the 3rd edition x2 just because of the last chapter.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bulletproof Web Design April 19 2012
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This was an excellent overview of the best practices in html coding and a must-read for beginners. Moving away from layouts in tables and to HTML5 for content and CSS3 for design elements is certainly nothing new, but the book contains a wealth of tips and tricks that will definitely benefit the intermediate designer. I purchased the book eager to read the last chapter on responsive design with media queries. This was the only disappointing chapter in the book for me. (In a nutshell, in a responsive design the user will experience a different layout depending on the media used to access the page. So a site will look great on a 60" television, a PC, an iPad, or an android phone without the developer or designer having to create multiple web sites for each user experience. "Design once and run anywhere.") This area of coding is changing so fast that it is easier to stay "leading edge" via web sites and forums dedicated to responsive design rather than through "dead tree" printed publications. All-in-all, though, it's a great book and I highly recommend it for your technology library.
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Great tips and tricks for flexible web design June 13 2013
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I found this book to be enlightening on many points, and yet disappointing in others. I was under the impression this book was going to teach me how to use many of the new HTML5 and CSS3 features. To my dismay it focused largely on a How-To approach to design flexible and scalable web sites. It did a good job of illustrating how a designer should always keep a separation of concerns between the content and the design/layout of a web site. As a long-time Software Engineer this concept was not new to me, but it is always interesting to see someone else's approach to the problem. Because of this I would recommend this book for the beginner web designer to start you off on the right foot designing solid yet scalable web sites.

I really appreciated the logical sequence the author used to lay out the problem scenarios with clear concise examples. They were very matter of fact and easy to understand. Most of the problem web sites were initially designed with table-based layouts. They were then redesigned using DIV tags, a few new HTML5 and CSS3 features to control the layout and flexible design of the new web site. There were quite a few tips and tricks throughout the book. I was happy to learn those new techniques and will be sure to use them in the future. I was really looking forward to learning about responsive web design through the use of media queries, but I was disappointed when this book did not go into much depth on this topic and only illustrated one small example. I feel I will need to review many of the new HTML5 and CSS3 features in depth, along with media queries to learn them on my own.
Excellent book with practical and useful tips May 30 2013
By Debra L. Rust - Published on
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eBook: Bulletproof Web Design
Author: Dan Cederholm
Publisher: New Riders
Publish Date: August 2005
ISBN: 0321346939
User Group: San Diego .NET Technology Immersion Group (TIG)
Reviewer: James W. Rust, Web & Database Developer, Wine Communications Group

Bulletproof Web Design is an excellent book. It provides a good overview of the new features in HTML5 and CSS3. But, more importantly, it clearly

demonstrates how to write code that is semantically appropriate, easy to maintain and scales well for browsers in various form factors.

* This book is fairly short and very readable.
* * The subjects are presented in a logical sequence, and the author provides good explanations and background.
* * The book is filled with examples and real-world applications
* * Specific information is easy to find and can be read out of context.
* * This is not a book for an exhaustive description of all the features in HTML5 and CSS3, but it covers the highlights quite well.
* * It is not a book for beginners, but it provides excellent insights for experienced web developers ... especially ones who have developed bad coding

* I like the author's formulaic approach to various design challenges:
* * His presentation pattern is:
* * * A Common Approach
* * * Why It's Not Bulletproof
* * * A Bulletproof Approach
* * Most subjects are presented in this formula and it becomes a familiar pattern to the reader, providing excellent organization of the material
* * Most web developers I know do things as described in the "Common Approach" sections. The "Why It's Not Bulletproof" sections explain clearly why some

common approaches are less than effective. And the "Bulletproof Approach" sections show better methods of accomplishing the design goals.
* * A good example of his adherence to semantic HTML is the use of the <li> elements to create the items a navigation bar.
* Author's perspective and style
* * The author's text is easy to read and understand
* * He is clearly a strong proponent of semantic HTML, but he presents subjects in an open-minded manner.
* * I like that he gives strong rationales for his conclusions.

I enjoyed this book and plan to utilize some of the techniques it describes in some in my web development projects.