Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

Hardboiled Web Design by Andy Clarke

Posted on 19 October 2010 9 comments

Article illustration for Hardboiled Web Design by Andy Clarke

Humour me for a minute while we take a little trip down memory lane…

It’s April 2007 and just I’ve launched the fourth version of my website. To all intents and purposes it’s the first version anyone in the public has seen, and the web knows little of my curly antics. I’m living in London, working full-time at Sanctuary Records, and have recently given Flash the boot. The Web Standards movement is in full swing and I’m soaking it up. There is one book in particular, published the year before, that has massively influenced the way I approach web design, both in terms of visuals and code, and that book is directly linked to the success of my recent redesign. That book is Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke.

Fast forward to the present, October 2010, and Andy has released his follow-up book just seconds ago. The landscape of web design has changed drastically in the time since Transcending, and we’re in need of a guide to steer a course through the stormy seas of CSS3 and wild woods of HTML5. That book is Hardboiled Web Design.

This time around, I’m honoured to say that I’ve been involved in its creation, having provided interior illustrations for the double-page spreads that start each of the book’s four parts. Andy and the vast majority of the Hardboiled team are now people I can call good friends, but they also remain my personal heroes; people like Kevin Cornell (the cover artist), Tim Van Damme and Chris Mills (the technical editors), Jeffrey Zeldman (the foreword writer), Geri Coady (the illustrator for the example website), and Mark Boulton (the publisher). I really am honoured to be a part of that incredible team.

I suggest you buy the book right now. I’m sure the first 2500 physical copies of the hardcopy will fly off the proverbial shelves. Before you head off and pound Mark’s server with continuous refresh attempts, here’s another little preview of one of my spreads:

Hardboiled Web Design interior spread

9 comments

  1. Fabian Alcantara

    Fabian Alcantara

    19 October 2010 @ 05:59PM #

    Looks very interesting. The layout looks cool and I can imagine the content is rich with goodies. Congrats to everyone on the work!

  2. Neo

    Neo

    19 October 2010 @ 06:07PM #

    Transcending CSS is a classic. As soon as I got your tweet – the deal was done and I’m patiently awaiting the book.

    The illustrations you’ve put together are great – they remind me of Dick Tracy, nice work.

  3. Trent Walton

    Trent Walton

    19 October 2010 @ 06:24PM #

    Great work on the illustration, Elliot. I’m really excited about this book. Documentation on how to put CSS3 to good use has been fairly scattered, but I think HBWD will end all that. No more excuses! Time to put these properties to work!

  4. Trent Walton

    Trent Walton

    19 October 2010 @ 06:24PM #

    Great work on the illustration, Elliot. I’m really excited about this book. Documentation on how to put CSS3 to good use has been fairly scattered, but I think HBWD will end all that. No more excuses! Time to put these properties to work!

  5. bearskinrug

    bearskinrug

    19 October 2010 @ 11:23PM #

    Oooh – these interior illos look lovely, Elliot! Can’t wait to see more!

  6. Khalid Majid Ali

    Khalid Majid Ali

    03 November 2010 @ 06:38PM #

    Totally cool! Elliot, I’ve read Sexy Web Design, didn’t know much about Transcending CSS, now I’m gonna read both Hard Boiled Web Design and Transcending CSS.

    I’m relatively new to web design, got a tell you I’ve learned a lot from you! Big Fan! (thumbs up)

  7. Richard, Leeds

    Richard, Leeds

    09 November 2010 @ 11:02AM #

    I’m assuming it is aimed at people who already know HTML and CSS and want to just find out about the HTML5 and CSS3 specific bits?

    If so, I shall very likely check it out.

  8. Tom Kalik

    Tom Kalik

    12 November 2010 @ 05:55PM #

    Great book! I Recommend to all.

  9. Neo

    Neo

    19 October 2010 @ 06:11PM #

    Transcending CSS is a classic. As soon as I got your tweet – the deal was done and I’m patiently awaiting the book.

    The illustrations you’ve put together are great – they remind me of Dick Tracy, nice work.

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