Top 5 Responsive Web Design Books for Website Developers

  • By: Cris M.
  • Feb 18, 2013
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Responsive Web Design is a new approach to building websites, using the latest technologies such as CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript libraries like JQuery. This is an innovative and highly practical method of thinking about web design. It lets website visitors and users find there way through pages easily and quickly on whatever device they use. Here’s the list of the books we recommend for getting a thorough understanding of the methods used in this approach:

 

Implementing Responsive Design


This book written by Tim Kadlec covers topics such as responsive JavaScript and images, media queries, CSS structure, and also gives details of Device API’s Working Group, and RESS, which can help you to get some new ideas regarding web design and developing.

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Implementing Responsive Design by Tim Kadlec

Implementing Responsive Design is an excellent guidebook for beginners, and provides you with all the necessary info needed for understanding the main concepts of responsive design. In addition, for those who are already into this subject, the book is a great source for improving developing skills, techniques, and ideas.

 

Adaptive Web Design


When it comes to well-written and reader-friendly books, Adaptive Responsive Design is definitely one of the best. Written by Aaron Gustafson, it is one of the most recommended sources for web developers and designers. It gives insights on web design and accessibility, and unveils handy ways you can research and implement. It helps you better understand how to apply these techniques using JavaScript, CSS, and HTML.

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Adaptive Web Design by Aaron Gustafson

Designers who like using markup will find the book most useful, too. There are guides that can help you to create websites that will be user-friendly, rather than browser-friendly, offering access to website data freely and effortlessly.

 

Responsive Web Design


Responsive Web Design is a book that explains contemporary web designing models, concepts, and techniques. The author of this book, Ethan Marcotte, has made sure you get a clear picture of what it takes for good responsive web design that is usable on both mobile and desktop devices. If you have already worked with CSS and HTML, that this book will surely find you plenty of new sources and material for solving practical problems.

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Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte

With cutting-edge technology comes new web design requirements. In order to answer these needs you should be design ready, and be able to satisfy the requirements of users and visitors to your site. Immersing into this book will let you discover new design methods, regardless of the device they are using.

 

Redesign Web Design (The Smashing Book 3)


What Smashing Magazine wanted to accomplish with this book is to cover modern ways of coding, designing and making use of advanced UX techniques. Debating over the predicaments of design and mobile settings, the author tries to inspire your imagination and creativity in using practical JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 methods.

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Redesign Web Design by Smashing Magazine

The book offers a thorough outline of up to date approaches you can implement. It even explains UX and Photoshop techniques. It allows you to explore all you have always wanted to know about content strategy, design, and website usability.

 

Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3


As the author of the book, Ben Frain, says he wrote the book in order “to sit on your desk with you.” This means that if you are looking for a solution to making iFrame videos fixed or responsive, or the best way to embed 3rd party widgets which may alternate in size, this is the right book for you. There are many other topics this book covers such as media queries, fluid layouts, selectors, typography, colour modes and of course JavaScript, CSS3, and HTML5.

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Responsive Web Design by Ben Frain

The idea of the book is to easily and naturally guide you through these process, by giving you bit-by-bit screenshots and practical examples. Start designing websites that are highly sophisticated and yet functional and user-friendly.

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