- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (November 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785889982
- ISBN-13: 978-1785889981
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
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Responsive Web Design Patterns Paperback – 26 November 2015
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About the Author
Chelsea Myers, throughout her career so far, has been a student, freelancer, full-time employee, teacher, assistant, researcher, and business owner in the web development industry. She is passionate about responsive frontend development and building out user-focused designs. Every new project allows her to learn and try something new. And to her, that's the best part of the job. She graduated from Drexel University with a degree in digital media. Currently, she works for an award-winning digital studio, Happy Cog, and teaches web development and user experience at Drexel. When she is not doing all this, or freelancing herself, she also manages her cofounded animation studio, Coffeebot Studios.
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The second consistent theme is the whole structure of the book - this comes across as being a simple reference book, not something that should follow the normal practical format that is synonymous with Packt books. The structure comes across as repetitive or inconsistent throughout - there is little in the way of practical hands-on content, which would be perfect for this theme. Instead, we have a deluge of information, which we need to hunt through to find the real nuggets of information. The quality of images in many places isn't great (at least in electronic format) - they could easily have been cut down in size, and still show off the intended effect (see P30 for example). There are also a lot of instances where paragraphs come across as being too long-winded, and could easily be cut down; in one place at least (Chapter 7), we seem to launch straight into the main text, without *any* form of introduction (at least what I would expect to see, and in line with other chapters!). The summary on P70 is also another example of the wrong format - it seems to talk about concepts in a format that should have been mentioned in the main text, not along the lines of "We covered this, or explored that...".
Overall, I think there was definitely scope for a big improvement in the format used - it came across as being very repetitive, but with lots of gaps in continuity, which meant I began to lose interest when reading the content. This would have been a perfect opportunity to highlight different types of patterns (in summary format!), but then pick up on individual key elements in real-world sites, and explore the reasons why they work or could be improved. There is nothing to stop an author critiquing an existing site, as long as care is taken over how - the key is to remain neutral, but to equally explore both sides of the picture and therefore present a balanced view.
The book would have benefited from a brief appendix, certainly for the information presented in Chapter 7 - this came across as starting to degrade into a simple list of sites, without any comments from the author as to why she has chosen them or how they are useful to the reader. How about also building a site up from scratch, using a home-made or existing pattern from different authors? It all seemed to center around what the author has written, but with only few (discernable) references to other authors - for those used, it seems they were repeated a few times (Brad Frost!).
It is assumed that all patterns are responsive and modern, although I think there are some that are too simple or of little use, although most of them probably will be useful in your designs. Well written and explained.
May be I miss some in depth exploration of the patterns exposed.