Print designers work in images, shapes, and color: not code. The last thing many of them want to do is to translate their work into mono-spaced tags and numbers, divs and ids. But print designers can’t ignore the web and producing a design for the web has become a common part of a complete graphics package. And, knowing the basics of CSS is an essential ingredient for success.
CSS for Print Designers presents web design concepts using metaphors that make sense to visual designers. Instead of using terms like semantics and structure, the book simplifies the language of web design using metaphors that print designers are comfortable with such as grouping like items or sculpting a layout from top to bottom or even how using sprites with CSS is like importing and cropping images in InDesign. The book uses efficient use of space with supporting graphics that demonstrate complex concepts such as nesting tags, clearing floats, and creating sprites.
Who this book is for
This book covers the basics of how to code Web sites by hand with a plain text editor. It’s deliberately short and written in a casual voice, without jargon or geek-speak.
Who should read it
A designer or visual thinker who’s ready to take the first step toward finally learning how to code by hand
A designer who has tried to read other books or online tutorials about coding Web sites, but came away overwhelmed and frustrated
A designer looking for a way to communicate better with coders when handing off projects to them
An art or design student who wants to make Web sites but isn’t interested in a computer science degree
A design professor who needs to teach students the latest Web standards and technology