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From Jeremy Keith’s debut original HTML5 for Web Designers to Ethan Marcotte’s seminal Responsive Web Design; Karen McGrane’s masterpiece Content Strategy for Mobile to Jason Santa Maria’s exquisite On Web Typography—and everything in between—each volume is a concise and fresh take on an important field in web design. Buy all Standard titles and save 20%!

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About the Authors

  • Jeremy Keith is an Irish web developer living in Brighton, England, where he works with the web consultancy firm Clearleft. He has written two previous books, DOM Scripting and Bulletproof Ajax, but what he really wants to do is direct. His online home is and his latest project is Huffduffer, a service for creating podcasts of found sounds. When he’s not making websites, Jeremy plays bouzouki in the band Salter Cane. His loony bun is fine benny lava.

  • Rachel Andrew lives in Bristol, England. She is the cofounder of, the web development company behind Perch CMS. She works on everything from product development to DevOps to CSS, and writes about these subjects on her blog at

    Rachel has been working on the web since 1996 and writing about the web for almost as long. She’s written several books including the bestselling CSS Anthology from Sitepoint, and recent ventures into self-publishing have produced The Profitable Side Project Handbook and CSS3 Layout Modules, Second Edition. She is a regular columnist for A List Apart as well as other publications online and in print. When she’s not writing, Rachel often works with other authors as a technical editor.

    Rachel is a keen distance runner who encourages people to join her for a run when attending conferences, with varying degrees of success!

  • Dan Cederholm is the cofounder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant community of designers sharing their work. He’s also the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio and blog.

    A longtime advocate of standards-based web design, Dan has worked with YouTube, Microsoft, Google, MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, and more. He was a 2012 TechFellow for Product Design & Marketing, and cofounded and designed Cork’d, the first social network for wine aficionados.

    Dan has written four other books: Sass for Web Designers (A Book Apart), Handcrafted CSS (New Riders), Bulletproof Web Design, Third Edition (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions, Special Edition (Friends of ED).

    He likes banjos, ampersands, and cautious adventuring. Dan is merely a casual fan of space travel. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his two children, Jack and Tenley.

  • Erin Kissane edits magazines, websites, does content strategy for institutions and companies, and reads a lot. She currently edits Contents magazine and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews’s Source community site for journalists who code. She was formerly editorial director at Happy Cog Studios and a lead content strategist at Brain Traffic, and she edited A List Apart magazine for a long time. She lives in Brooklyn and tweets at @Kissane.

  • Ethan Marcotte is an independent designer and author, based in Boston, Massachusetts. He coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing web, and is the author of the definitive book on the topic: Responsive Web Design. His design, speaking, and writing has helped designers and organizations use the web’s flexibility to design across mobile, tablet, and desktop—and whatever might come next.

    Over the years, Ethan has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including An Event Apart, SXSW Interactive, and Webstock. His clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, and People Magazine.

  • Aarron Walter is the General Manager of New Products at MailChimp, where he strives to make software more human. Aarron taught design at colleges in the US and Europe for nearly a decade, and speaks at conferences around the world. His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of startups.

  • Luke Wroblewski is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc. Luke’s previous venture, Bagcheck (where he was Co-Founder and CPO), was acquired by Twitter just nine months after being launched publicly. Before he was founding start-ups, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and the author of three popular web design books (Mobile First, Web Form Design, and Site-Seeing).

  • Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. In early 2011, he gave a Creative Mornings talk entitled “F— You, Pay Me” that not only uplifted the downtrodden the world over, but fueled his first book, Design Is a Job. In 2014 he won .net’s Talk of the Year award for “How Designers Destroyed the World,” a screed about designers taking responsibility for their work. He can be heard weekly as the co-host of Let’s Make Mistakes. None of the terms Mike has coined are printable on a family website.

  • Karen McGrane has helped businesses create better digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy for the past twenty years. She is Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006 and formerly VP and National Lead for User Experience at Razorfish. Karen teaches Design Management in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She co-hosts A Responsive Web Design Podcast with Ethan Marcotte, and her first book, Content Strategy for Mobile, was published in 2012 by A Book Apart.

  • Erika Hall has been working in web design and development since the late 20th century. In 2001, she co-founded Mule Design Studio where she directs the research, interaction design, and strategy practices. Erika speaks and writes frequently about cross-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of natural language in user interfaces. In her spare time, she battles empty corporate jargon at Unsuck It. She also co-hosts Running from the Law, a weekly podcast on business law and endurance fitness, and can probably outrun you.

  • Jason Santa Maria is a graphic designer with a deep love for letters. He’s the founder of Brooklyn-based design firm Mighty; a faculty member at SVA’s MFA Interaction Design program; a cofounder of A Book Apart; and the founder of Typedia, a shared online encyclopedia of typefaces. Previously, he cofounded the collaborative writing platform Editorially; he also served as the vice president of AIGA/NY and as the creative director for A List Apart and Typekit. He has designed websites that balance beauty and usability for clients such as AIGA, The Chicago Tribune, Housing Works, Miramax Films, The New York Stock Exchange, PBS, The United Nations, and WordPress. He discusses design on his award-winning website.

  • Scott Jehl is a web designer and developer. He works alongside the bright folks at Filament Group, with clients such as the Boston Globe, LEGO Systems, Inc., Global News Canada, eBay, and more. In 2010, he cowrote Designing with Progressive Enhancement. Scott has also spoken at conferences like An Event Apart, Breaking Development, and Mobilism. He is an active participant in the open-source community, releasing projects on GitHub that focus on accessible, sustainable, and performance-oriented practices for cross-device development. Scott lives in Seagrove Beach, Florida.

  • Josh Clark is the founder of Big Medium, a design agency specializing in connected devices, mobile experiences, and responsive web design for the world’s most forward-thinking companies. Josh has written four other books, including Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps (O’Reilly, 2010), and he speaks around the globe on what’s next for digital interfaces. In 1996, Josh created an entirely different kind of user interface: the Couch-to-5K (C25K) running schedule, which has helped millions of skeptical exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

  • David Demaree is a web developer, designer, speaker, and product person based just outside New York City. He’s a senior product manager for Adobe Typekit, working on ways to make it easy for everyone to find and use great fonts wherever they need type. David has spoken at design and tech events in the United States, Europe, and Australia, and he writes about software on Medium.

  • Eric A. Meyer started working on the web in late 1993. Since then, he’s been a college webmaster, one of the original CSS Samurai, a standards evangelist at Netscape, the author of many books and online resources, an occasional code artist, the technical lead at Rebecca’s Gift, and a cofounder of An Event Apart. He lives with his family in Cleveland.

  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher runs a content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia, where she works with clients like Trek Bicycles, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Associated Press, and Harvard. She is also the author of Content Everywhere, a book about creating flexible, mobile-ready content, and a past editor-in-chief of A List Apart.

  • Chris Coyier is a web designer and developer. He writes about all things web at CSS-Tricks, talks about all things web at conferences around the world and on his podcast ShopTalk, and cofounded the web-coding playground CodePen.

  • Mat “Wilto” Marquis makes websites for a living at Bocoup and curses at his broken-down motorcycle for free on the streets of North Cambridge. Mat is Chair of the Responsive Issues Community Group, technical editor at A List Apart, a former member of the jQuery Mobile team, and editor of the W3C HTML5 specification. All this considered, Mat is most proud of having finished Mega Man 2—on difficult—without losing a single life.

  • Lara Callender Hogan is an engineering director at Etsy and the author of Designing for Performance (O’Reilly, 2014) and the coauthor of Building a Device Lab (Five Simple Steps, 2015).

    In her world tour to advocate web performance to designers and developers alike, Lara has presented at Google I/O, keynoted the Velocity Conference, and given talks at organizations like the New York Times and the Hillary Clinton campaign. To connect her work with her activism, Lara donates all of the proceeds from Designing for Performance to charities focused on supporting underrepresented people in tech.

    Lara also believes it’s important to celebrate career achievements with donuts.

  • Dan Brown is a web designer and cofounder of EightShapes, LLC, a Washington, DC-based design firm he opened with Nathan Curtis in 2006. Dan’s portfolio includes work with Fortune 500 clients, nonprofits, industry associations, higher education, and the federal government. Prior to Practical Design Discovery, Dan wrote two books: Communicating Design (New Riders, 2011) explores how designers document their ideas and Designing Together (New Riders, 2013) promotes better collaboration. Teams all over the world have played his game Surviving Design Projects, to learn and practice conflict management skills. He tweets as @brownorama about design, management, board games, parenthood, and coffee.