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Dan Cederholm CSS3 for Web Designers

Dive in to—or polish up—your CSS3 skills: tackle new properties and techniques and get up to speed on micro layouts.
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From advanced selectors to generated content to web fonts, and from gradients, shadows, and rounded corners to elegant animations, CSS3 holds a universe of creative possibilities. No one can better guide you through these galaxies than Dan Cederholm. In this second edition, he tackles new properties and techniques, including micro layouts. Learn what works, how it works, and how to adapt for browsers where it doesn’t.

What’s new in the second edition?

Many of the CSS3 properties Dan discussed in 2010 now have wider browser support, which means you can feel even more confident putting them to use. In this updated edition, Dan has carefully refreshed code samples, removed old hacks that are no longer necessary, and written a whole new chapter on micro layouts. There’s no better time to dive in to—or polish up—your CSS3 skills.


  1. Using CSS3 Today
  2. Understanding CSS Transitions (Read this chapter online)
  3. Hover-Crafting with CSS3
  4. Transforming the Message
  5. Multiple Backgrounds
  6. Enriching Forms
  7. Micro Layouts

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What People Are Saying

  • New browser versions and updated features test our documentation to stand up to time. Dan Cederholm freshens this book to the latest standards: adding crucial info about new approaches like flexbox, and cleaning out the cruft that we no longer need to worry about.

  • CSS3 is still unchartered territory. Specifications have been drafted and implementations are emerging, but authors will need a good guide to get through the marshes. Dan’s book is an excellent companion for CSS3 pioneers.

  • If you need a cogent, concise, comprehensible, and above all compelling tour of the latest and greatest in CSS3, look no further. As ever, Dan is the man!.

  • Dan has a wonderful gift for breaking down complex concepts into easy-to-understand steps. I have always found the CSS3 transitions and transforms syntax challenging, but Dan makes it simple.

About the Author

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.

Additional Info

  • ISBN: 978-1-9375572-0-1
  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Published: First Ed. Nov 16, 2010; Second Ed. Feb 24, 2015
  • First Ed. also available in: Chinese, French, Korean, Russian

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