Bulletproof Web Design – my take

I love Dan. I mean, I don’t know the guy, but I really like to hear what he has to say, ‘cause he does it exactly as he preaches.

I purchased my copy of his latest handbook Bulletproof Web Design about two weeks ago, and I was fairly surprised when the mailman brought it the day before yesterday. That was fast, I said to myself. Couldn’t wait for the weekend to come, so I can dive into it in peace.

From my experience with previous Dan’s book, the Web Standards Solutions, it really did fulfill my expectations. What’s so great about it, you ask? Well, without too much philosophy and unnecessary discussion to fill-up 260 pages of a book, the author gets in, scores and gets out in no more than three hours of web developer’s time – the thing one’s always missing…

The book is divided into 9 chapters of which the last one is a full-blown example of bulletproof design, coupling all previous chapters together in an effective demonstration of how to use all those tiny parts to combine them into a real-life, flexible web page. What I like with Dan, is his non-arrogant approach. If he thinks someone else’s work is worth it, he’ll mention it respectively and with a proper credit.

From what I’ve seen, the author covered it all – from flexible rounded boxes to multi-column fluid layouts. Solutions to the problems are ready to be taken as they are. The only thing that might be missing to a faithful reader, is a free muffin shipped with the book, considering the certain digression on page 68. A book for every web professional’s desk.

Marko Dugonjić is a designer specialized in user experience design, web typography and web standards. He runs a nanoscale user interface studio Creative Nights and organizes FFWD.PRO, a micro-conference and workshops for web professionals.

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