5 Great Books on Responsive web design in 2014 / 7 February 2017 - 09:25:13

Responsive Web Design Books Responsive design, the art and science of building websites that provides the best possible user experience across a range of devices, has really taken off. So successful is the concept first coined by Ethan Marcott that a growing number of developers are now building every website they produce for the smallest devices and scaling them up. In other words, responsive design is more and more to be found at the heart of users' web experiences. The concept is here to stay. Here are our top five current books for getting to grips with the principles, workings and future of responsive design.

5. Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3

Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3


At number five 'Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3' by Ben Frain is a great first look at responsive design written in a readable, action-based style. Focusing on the most relevant and useful aspects of HTML5 and CSS3, readers will be able to get to grips with not only the fundamentals of responsive web design itself, but also with the great features of HTML5 and CSS3 as well.

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4. Responsive Design: Building sites for an Anywhere, Everywhere Web Implementing responsive design


The number four spot is taken by Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an Anywhere, Everywhere Web by Tim Kadlec. This is a pragmatic, up to date look at how this new design process will shape the future of website building for every kind of device. Kadlec's book is a great resource for anybody who would like to get their head around the broader role of how responsive design is already influencing how we think about, design and even use websites.

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3. 'Responsive Design with WordPress'

Responsive Design with WordPress


'Responsive Design with WordPress' by Joe Casabona is a friendly, inviting book that focuses on the development of Responsive WordPress themes and plugins. WordPress, as he points out in his introduction, accounts for one in five of the websites in existence and that number is growing, so it is a good choice for any developer who is interested but unsure where to start. At number three, the book is written in an easy to follow, conversational narrative and presents some very solid content is an extremely readable way.

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2. Mobile First

Mobile First


'Mobile First', by the former Yahoo! design architect Luke Wroblewski, takes second place on our top five list. The book was released in 2011 and it's still one of the most up to date, comprehensive and strategic books on responsive design out there. The book focuses on mobile design with an accessible, friendly style that's fun, easy to read and paints a great overall picture of its subject matter. While some readers may want more specifics, the book offers a clear and extremely knowledgeable overview of mobile first responsive design.

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1. Responsive Web Design

Reponsive Web Design


In first place is the already classic 'Responsive Web Design' by Ethan Marcotte, the writer who coined the term responsive design in the first place. This is an authoritative, elegant work written in an accessible and friendly style that makes the book a pleasure to read. Marcotte has a passion for beautiful design that comes through clearly, making serious content easy to read and digest. A must for anybody getting to grips with the future of web design.

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Coming Soon – Responsible Responsive Design

Responsible Responsive Design


We would also like to mention an exciting book that is coming soon called 'Responsible Responsive Design’ by Scott Jehl. This literature aims to show up to date evolution found through the recent years of responsive web design. In this upcoming book Scott Jehl guides you through building a future-friendly experience of web design.

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Of course, this is just our top five books on Responsive Design. There are others out there, as well as a raft of area-specific books on the various aspects of responsive design; and while this may be the pick of the crop for now, we anticipate a great deal more literature as the developing world really embraces responsive design in the years to come.




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