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Hardboiled Web Design
Fifth Anniversary Edition

Smashing Magazine 2015.
ISBN: 978-3-945749-37-1. 441 pages.
DRM-free ePUB, Kindle, PDF.

If you’re hungry to learn about how the latest techniques will make your websites more creative, flexible and adaptable, then Hardboiled Web Design is for you.

“This book is one of the best in modern day web development. Hardboiled Web Design isn’t about making your website pretty or pixel perfect, but about making it stand the test of time while using tomorrow’s standards today. ”

Tri Ahmad Irfan. Goodreads

Frustrated by how designers were being held back by the notion that their designs should look the same in even the least capable browsers, I wrote Hardboiled Web Design in 2010. It was incredibly well received, so in 2015 I updated its content for an all new Hardboiled Web Design: Fifth Anniversary Edition.

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To help me describe how to art-direct designs for products and websites, I made WheelMan—an app for booking a fast car and a getaway driver—plus a companion website, full of advice on how to ensure you get away clean.

Real-world and fictional layouts highlight key points and are fantastic examples of what the web can be with great art direction. Andy goes a step further by jumping right into key CSS properties and methods that make print-type/traditional layouts possible for the web.

Ian Welling. Goodreads

Inside the book

Getting Hardboiled

  • What the hell is hardboiled?
  • (Give me that) ol’ time religion
  • The Way standards develop
  • It doesn’t have to look the same
  • Atoms and elements
  • Designing atmosphere

Hardboiled HTML

  • Destination HTML5
  • Hardboiled microformats 2
  • WAI-aria roles

Hardboiled CSS

  • Hardboiled foundations
  • Flexible box layout
  • Responsive typography
  • Borders
  • Background images
  • Gradients

More Hardboiled CSS

  • Background blends and filters
  • Transforms
  • Transitions
  • Multi-column layout
  • It’s time to get Hardboiled


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