This year was most likely the best year for me when it came down to literally indulging myself into my work, while getting more and more into absorbing as much new information and knowledge as a person can in this field.
It all started with coming back and attending An Event Apart after a year involuntary break where I was lucky enough to see and interact with many of my mentors who I was just too shy to approach in any of my previous encounters, with the exception of Jeffrey Zeldman. 🙂
It was my first time meeting Jeremy Keith, Ethan Marcotte, Nicole Sullivan or Mark Boulton but definitely not my first time meeting Andy Clarke. He still somehow intimidated the hell out of me, so it wasn’t till Boston’s An Event Apart where our paths crossed again and we just started to talk. Well, that was when I got very intrigued and eager to know more about when he mentioned that he was working on a new book, Hardboiled Web Design.
Just hearing about some of the topics that were supposed to get covered convinced me that this will be a yet another book that I will need to get, a definitive must-have! Furthermore, when Andy mentioned who else was taking part in this masterpiece, my jaw was literally dropping. To start with, foreword written by Jeffrey Zeldman, preface by Simon Collison (a.k.a. Colly), edited by Chris Mills, technical editing by Tim Van Damme & illustrations by Kevin Cornell, Elliot Jay Stocks, & my fellow spiderwoman Geri Coady, not mention Mark Boulton who would publish it via his Five Simple Steps publishing company.
Obviously, the book is already out and I made sure to purchase my copy the day when it came out. Paperback version won’t start shipping out till end of this month, but just like everyone else, I was able to get my PDF version instantly. PDF alone was purely not just an eye candy to look at visually but also an amazing resource thanks to its content and all topics that got covered, including HTML5, CSS3, Media Queries, Modernizr and many more. I can’t tell you enough how much I recommend this book & not just because of who wrote it. This book is a great resource for anyone who is passionate about web and its latest trends. This book has it all! I’d even recommend it to any teachers out there to use it as a textbook for their students.
Did I mention that this book also comes with example files? Well, you can! In fact, you can get them all for free even without buying the book itself. But then again, why not get it all?
So, there you go! The book came out last month and you can buy Hardboiled Web Design right now. If you hurry, you might still get a chance to buy a limited edition of the book in paperback version with a PDF, as well as large poster of front cover illustration. 🙂
If I didn’t convince you yet, then maybe some of these other reviews will 😉