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Randy Drisgill , John Ross , Jacob J. Sanford , Paul Stubbs , Larry Riemann

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Nov. 30 2010 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
A must have guide for creating engaging and usable SharePoint 2010 branding

With SharePoint 2010, Microsoft has provided a more robust environment for creating collaboration and content management sites that rival any of the popular websites on the internet. Creating a branded SharePoint site involves understanding both traditional web design techniques as well as topics that are typically reserved for developers. This book bridges that gap by not only providing expert guidance for creating beautiful public facing and internal intranet sites but it also addresses the needs of those readers that only want to understand the basics enough to apply some style to their sites.

Things like creative design, the experience visitors have navigating your user interface, ease of use—these are all important branding considerations and not always intuitive. This unique book from a team of SharePoint branding experts lays it all out. 

Whether you want to make SharePoint look completely different or just make minor design changes, this expert guide will provide tips, techniques, and insights to get the job done.

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Sharpen your branding skills with this must-have resource

SharePoint 2010 allows for much more robust branding opportunities and this hands-on resource shares proven techniques for branding and user interface design so that you can execute a successful branding initiative with SharePoint 2010. After a review of branding and how it relates to SharePoint, the book addresses what's new in SharePoint 2010, including CSS, page layouts, themes, XSLT, Silverlight, and jQuery. You'll explore ways to plan, estimate, and create a brand in SharePoint while you also discover how to use SharePoint Designer 2010 with a SharePoint server.

Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design:

  • Presents strategies for migrating to SharePoint 2010 from an earlier version

  • Walks you through the steps necessary to properly plan for branding

  • Delves into working with navigation in SharePoint Server 2010

  • Explores the role of CSS in SharePoint branding

  • Examines master pages, page layouts, and custom content for custom pages

  • Addresses the Client Object Model and jQuery

  • Looks at XML, Data View, and Content Query Web Parts

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About the Author

Randy Drisgill is a consultant with SharePoint911. He is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint Server and the coauthor of Professional SharePoint 2007 Design.

John Ross is a consultant with SharePoint911.?He?is an active member of the SharePoint community and a frequent guest speaker.

Jacob J. Sanford is a senior consultant for Cornerstone Software Services.

Paul Stubbs works at Microsoft and is a frequent speaker at Tech Ed and Dev Connections events about branding and SharePoint.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to Sharepoint 2010 branding and templating system March 29 2011
By Pirkka Rannikko - Published on
This book is an introduction to Sharepoint 2010 branding and templating system or in other words to its user interface customization. In my experience there are roughly three different approaches to customizing the Sharepoint UI which are also recognized in the book:

1. "Just coloring" (for intra- and extranets where aesthetics are a minor requirement) e.g. the colors, fonts etc. are changed with Themes or with a little bit custom CSS.
2. Out-of-the-box master pages and page layouts are customized (for intra- and extranets where aesthetics are a major requirement) i.e. HTML and functionality are modified to better suit the intended design. Custom CSS is used heavily.
3. Master pages, page layouts and the required CSS are built from scratch (mainly for public facing websites) according to design and requirements.

I've learned this and the related intricacies in the trenches with Sharepoint 2007 and that's why I didn't get a lot of new knowledge from the book. For me it was more like a version update. Don't get me wrong though. The new Ribbon system does bring quite a lot new to the UI customization table and I think the books gives a good explanation of things like:

- How to create fixed width designs in Sharepoint.
- How to hide the Quick launch / current navigation.
- How to deal with Ribbon and its scrolling issues for anonymous users (in public facing websites).
- How to add new options into the Ribbon e.g. for CSS and HTML formatting.

I was somewhat disappointed that the book didn't give suggestions for strategies how to deal with edit mode layout issues i.e. how to fix UI bugs and broken layouts as Sharepoint adds new stuff in to the page while it's being edited. Another more difficult topic was also left unanswered: Is it possible to drop out the out-of-the-box CSS and JS files from the master to improve the performance of a Sharepoint website? E.g. corev4.css alone is around 191 kBs (uncompressed) and none of it is needed if you have public facing website with anonymous users that is built from scratch (approach 3 from above).

In conclusion the book is a good introduction to the topic but the real learning starts when a design agency makes a hand over of a stunning layout mockup and your job is to integrate it into Sharepoint with "pixel perfection" :-)

If you are a web designer new to Sharepoint I recommend you to read this and the SharePoint 2010 For Dummies together.

Contents of the book:

1. What is Sharepoint branding
2. What's new in Sharepoint 2010
3. Planning for branding
4. Sharepoint Designer 2010 overview
5. Simple branding
6. Working with navigation
7. Cascading Style Sheets in Sharepoint
8. Master pages
9. Page layouts
10. Web parts and XSLT
11. Deploying branding in Sharepoint
12. Page editing and the Ribbon
13. The Client Object Model and jQuery
14. Silverlight and Sharepoint integration
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to write a good SP2010 branding book Nov. 29 2010
By HairyMidget - Published on
It is easy to leave reviews, or even read books, but writing books is a whole another deal.

Writing good books is not easy. It is very difficult to present cohesive and accurate thoughts that are the work of many minds over many months over hundreds of meticulously carved pages.
In reading this book, I was happy to see that no stone was left unturned when talking specifically about SharePoint 2010 branding - no this is not a IT pro book, this is not a developer's book.
There cannot be a single book that covers EVERYTHING about SP2010. But when it comes to branding, this book is top notch.

I was especially pleased to see attention to detail such as not ignoring core CSS principles, HTML standards, browser sense, trends etc.. Branding SharePoint is not exactly the same your typical ASP.NET or PHP site. Branding SharePoint 2010 is it's own unique skill that requires significant SharePoint knowledge. It isn't just CSS and HTML and JavaScript, it is also navigation, security, master pages, standard CSS specific to SharePoint, SharePoint and ASPNET controls applicable to SharePoint, the theming engine, etc. etc. etc.

I was hoping that this book didn't sacrifice the classic branding knowledge, which is pure CSS,HTML and Javascript, in favor of being a pure one sided SharePoint book. And I am happy to see that this is a book well grounded in the current technology set, SharePoint or otherwise.

Finally, I like the author's writing style (disclaimer, I'm around page #200 right now). I hate to read books that have the personality of a whitepaper. This book is very conversational and fun to read.

Good work!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SharePoint 2010 Branding Reference Guide Jan. 1 2011
By M. Oryszak - Published on
This book does a great job of providing an overview of the branding options with SharePoint 2010 (Foundation and Server). It also does a really good job of showing how things have changed which is an important thing to understand since the there are so many new controls and features (ribbon) and the previous use of nested tables has been all but abolished.

There are some valuable tips for "simple branding" which would is great information for Site Owners to have as they manage their local department or project site. There is also great information on more advanced branding that can cover your overall marketing and communication standards.

One of the really nice things about this book is that it highlights some of the landmines that can pop up during your project. Understanding where in an inheritance chain to style or not to remove the !Important commented items can save you hours of grief. The Content Placeholder reference for MasterPages is also incredibly valuable.

From my perspective one of the most important chapters is on deployment. Since user experience guys are not always coders they are not always familiar with how to properly deploy their brilliant work. SharePoint Designer is a valuable tool, but it should not be used to maintain the branding and user interface changes for your environment (with very few exceptions).

All told this book provides a great overview of all of the areas and depth to important topics designers need to know. This book should be a good fit for SharePoint Developers or Administrators needing to do simple branding, Site Owners looking to apply some customizations, or for Designers looking to create robust user interfaces on the SharePoint 2010 platform.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All around terrific Branding and UX resource! Nov. 24 2010
By David Mc - Published on
What's in this book my manager, users, and I have been waiting for. This is a great start in branding and User design work for SharePoint 2010. I've been really busy setting up our corporate farm and working with some of our developers on cool new solutions. Now I can deliver them with a solid brand and a fresh look and feel that is unique and professional. This book will set you on a course with fresh ideas and confidence.

I've spent the last few days with this book and being new to SharePoint and specifically new to SharePoint 2010 I really appreciate the depth the authors have used in their topics. Everyone will get something from this book. From the new SharePointer to the old salt, there is something here for everyone.

I truly appreciated the sections on customizing the ribbon, wireframes, and the entire section on SharePoint Designer 2010. I also now have a new perspective on waffles!! If nothing else this book will keep you wanting a delicious breakfast treat!!

Black Friday is upon us, what a perfect gift for that SharePoint geek in your life!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to get for branding Sharepoint 2010 Feb. 15 2011
By BBohanon - Published on
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I have been waiting on this one to get released for some time now and its here!

Randy is top notch in his knowledge of branding SharePoint. I loved his 2007 branding book and this one is up to par with his previous one. The examples were easy to follow and everything was laid out and explained in perfect detail.
I would also recommend the Real World SharePoint book as a great companion to this one which he also contributed to.
A must have for those SharePoint projects that need to look like more than just the out-of-the-box SharePoint look.

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