Smashing Book #4 provides practical, actionable takeaways for front-end development, performance, psychology and web typography, written by respected web design experts. A truly smashing book that deserves to be on your bookshelf.

Please note that the printed book is out of stock, however, you can order the eBook instead.

$39.00

New Perspectives On Web Design

The concept of the Smashing Book 4 is focused around practical techniques, strategies and approaches that haven’t been thoroughly discussed and adopted by the community just yet. We’d like to challenge you to look beyond what's usually done.

The book features valuable insights into large-scale projects, adaptive interfaces, customer support, user psychology and typography. We also uncover smart front-end strategies, obscure back-end techniques and find out what it takes to improve website performance for faster and more robust apps

Table of Contents

We’ve assembled a remarkable line-up of authors for the book. All of them are well-respected designers and developers who will share their practical insights, design strategies and hands-on tools to explore the new perspectives in Web design today.

AUTHOR CHAPTER
Harry Roberts Modern CSS Architecture and Front-End
Nicholas C. Zakas Writing Maintainable, Future-Friendly Code
Christian Heilmann The Vanilla Web Diet
Tim Kadlec Culture of Performance
Mat Marquis Robust, Responsible, Responsive Web Design
Addy Osmani Finding and Fixing Mobile Web Rendering Issues
Aaron Gustafson Designing Adaptive Interfaces
Paul Tero Obscure Back-end Techniques and Terminal Secrets
Marko Dugonjić The Next Steps For Web Typography
Corey Vilhauer The Two Faces of Content Strategy
Rachel Andrew Supporting Your Product
Nishant Kothary The Design of People
Christopher Murphy On Creative Spirit

What Reviewers Say About Smashing Book #4

A few reviewers have had the chance to read the book a few days before its release, and share their views in a non-committal way. The result is very clear: the book is worthwhile. Should you get it? Yes! Let’s see why:

Dudley Storey:

Smashing Book 4 provides logical, practical, real-world examples of what’s wrong with modern sites and how to fix them. [..] I want the Web to win. But to do so, Web development has to match its age and live up to the responsibility it has earned. The book takes a big step in guiding that transition for both products and people, making it a book I would very strongly recommend for everyone involved in Web development.

Jordan Moore:

The Smashing Book 4 is excellent value for money. [...] [It's] conference quality topics in the palm of your hand, permanently committed to paper (or the medium of your choice) ready for you to consume whenever you want. The Web has grown up and The Smashing Book 4 is the perfect field guide for making and maintaining things for a future-friendly Web.

Jamie Mason:

Currently reading a preview of Smashing Book #4. Each chapter updates you on one important area of Web development and Web design which is really useful given the hectic pace seemingly every aspect of our industry is moving at. Nice to have it all distilled in one book.

Janko Jovanovic:

Just reading Smashing Book 4 and I can strongly recommend it. Full of practical and useful Web design stories.

Technical Details

  • 498 pages, 16.5 × 24.0 cm (6.5 × 9.5 inches).
  • Quality hardcover with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker.
  • For both newcomers and experienced Web designers and developers.
  • The eBook is included with the printed book for free (PDF, EPUB, Kindle).
  • Worldwide airmail delivery available ($4.90 intl. shipping).

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