HTML5 for Web Designers is now firmly pushed through the letterboxes of everyone who orderd one so I thought I’d throw a quick review up for anyone interested in getting a copy.
First off the good.
This book looks awesome. The design and layout is cleaner than Mr Muscles’ Bathroom. It was lovingly designed by Jason Santa Maria and it shows. The typography is gorgeous and is easily readable. As the book is quite small in size (in both width and height) it’s easy to read through in one sitting.
A contributing factor in the books readability is the incredible knowledge and musings of author Jeremy Keith. He has a great way of writing with spot on fact and know-how while at the same time throwing in funny analogies and humorous one liners. This makes it a joy to read and not feel like your studying up for an exam.
For designers out there wanting to get into HTML5 it does what it says on the tin, or, er, cover and gives a good overview of the young up-start one day to replace HTML 4. If you’re already using HTML5 it will give you a good reference for all the basics that will get you up and running. Another good read is the opening chapter which gives an interesting history into HTML and its development over the years to its current state and how it plans to evolve into HTML5. But…
To be honest there aren’t many negatives. The only thing I would say is it’s a little on the short side and a welcome addition would be some real world examples. Like I said, it’s more of a reference and guide rather than tutorials so I can’t beat it up too much. Just a few more sections would be nice.
If you’re after a good comprehensive guide to get you going with HTML5 then this is the book for you. You might just be wanting a little more once you’re done with it.
HTML5 for Web Designers at A Book Apart: http://books.alistapart.com/