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Ethan Marcotte Responsive Web Design

Think beyond the desktop, and craft designs that respond to your users’ needs—no matter how large or small the display.
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Since its groundbreaking release in 2011, Responsive Web Design remains a fundamental resource for anyone working on the web.

Learn how to think beyond the desktop, and craft designs that respond to your users’ needs. In the second edition, Ethan Marcotte expands on the design principles behind fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries. Through new examples and updated facts and figures, you’ll learn how to deliver a quality experience, no matter how large or small the display.

What’s new in the second edition?

Discover new tips and tricks for browser support, take a closer look at solutions for serving images, explore the role of progressive enhancement in web design, find better methods for managing bandwidth, and more. Follow along with the new examples and approaches Ethan has assembled, and dive in to his meticulously revised code samples.

Topics Covered

  • Our Responsive Web
  • The Flexible Grid
  • Flexible Images
  • Media Queries
  • Becoming Responsive

Day by day, the number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site grows. Ethan’s straightforward approach to designing for this complexity represents a fundamental shift in how we’ll build websites for the decade to come.

Jeffrey Veen
Design partner at TrueVentures and host of PresentableFM
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While the basic principles of responsive web design haven’t changed, this book is more important than ever. Over the past few years, organizations large and small have implemented this technique—and many more are just starting the process. Whether you’re familiar with this approach or are learning about it now, Ethan’s book is the indispensable guide to responsive design.

Karen McGrane
Author of Going Responsive and founder of Autogram
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Every so often, something comes along in our industry that defines a moment in time: Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards, or Doug Bowman’s Wired.com redesign. This book is one of those moments. Insightful, witty and practical, Responsive Web Design points us in the direction of a new web.

Mark Boulton
Design director, writer, and speaker
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Ethan Marcotte

About the Author

Ethan Marcotte is a web designer, speaker, and author. He’s perhaps best known for creating responsive web design, which helped the industry discover a new way of designing for the ever-changing web.

Over his career, Ethan’s clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, and People Magazine. Additionally, Ethan is a featured speaker at conferences across the globe, including Adobe MAX, SXSW Interactive, and Webstock.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 978-1-952616-50-1
  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Published: First Ed. Jun 7, 2011; Second Ed. Dec 2, 2014
  • Also available in: Chinese, French, Korean, Russian

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