Responsive Web Design - Ethan Marcotte

Responsive Web Design

By Ethan Marcotte

  • Release Date: 2011-06-07
  • Genre: Internet
Score: 4.5
From 120 Ratings


From mobile browsers to netbooks and tablets, users are visiting your sites from an increasing array of devices and browsers. Are your designs ready? Learn how to think beyond the desktop and craft beautiful designs that anticipate and respond to your users’ needs. Ethan Marcotte will explore CSS techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries, demonstrating how you can deliver a quality experience to your users no matter how large (or small) their display.


  • Well written and informative

    By RVinSoul
    Subject says it. Good read and information. Easy to understand to me but I am a website owner for 16 years.
  • Great book

    By Brady J. Frey
    It's an excellent, and to the point, book that outlines real working examples of responsive designs... and a road map on how you may get to it immediately! My only criticism would be the tail end of the book (dipping into the team process and the mobile first paradigm) is tall on assumption and slow moving. I sped through that like lightning, brushed off as a touch to the subjective, but otherwise nothing to taint the first 7/8 of a well thought out book. A great purchase for the intermediate and seasoned alike!
  • Great for noobs, pretty decent for pros

    By billpatrianakos
    If you've never designed for mobile or even different screen resolutions then this book is great. I'd recommend it for beginners to web design as it will have them designing the "right" way from the start. The author does a great job of explaining the what and, more importantly, the why of responsive design. He gives you the techniques and outside resources for more in depth study. That was the book in a nutshell so now here's my personal experience with this book: I'm experienced in building sites with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It was a quick read because I had come across all of these techniques before. None of this was really new to me but it helped me a lot despite that. I was able to take my passing knowledge of responsive design and actually understand it to the point where I could finally apply it successfully. My only complain, and the reason I only gave it 4 stars, was because I didn't find anything too new and I felt that the book was a little light on some (but not too many) more specific techniques for designing for mobile. If you have very little to no knowledge of HTML or CSS then you're better off getting a book on HTML./CSS first as you'll need to be able to understand the code examples. The author does give good explanations of the code so please note beginners with a decent understanding will get it but total noobs probably won't. Also note that if you're deciding between the Responsive book and Mobile First book there is a difference. This book touches briefly on Mobile first but is far from focused on it. Note the difference between these subjects. Mobile First is concerned with giving mobile devices priority in design and content. Responsive design is more about reformatting one set of content for a wide range of resolutions. There's a slight difference but I'd recommend this book first if you've never designed for mobile. This is a $9 book, a short, easy read. It's very much a general overview but still incredibly useful to get anyone building real world responsive sites. I very much recommend it.
  • Fantastic read

    By Rychdom
    The author lays a solid foundation of responsive web design in the first few chapters, answering the why's and how's all along the way. Then, he flips that foundation on its head, skimming just enough of the surface of "mobile first" and "progressive enhancement" ideas to explain the why's and how's all over again. I'm so happy I read is book. I can't wait to put all of these techniques into practice.
  • Awesome Read

    By SecGuy
    Very informative and well written. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially the iBooks version! The videos make it extremely interesting.
  • Enjoyable read

    By monomaniacally
    One of the most enjoyable reads on web development to date.