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HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This tiny book almost makes you want to scream “it’s not a book, it’s a pamphlet” – and thank goodness for that! Sick and tired of long boring tomes full of waffle that you need a PhD in geekery to understand? Then HTML5 For Web Designers was written with you in mind, and not a […]

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Save The Pixel: the art of simple web design, by Ben Hunt

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

This is a must-read eBook for web designers everywhere. I keep hearing Ben’s voice in my head as I code: if in doubt, take it out. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Don’t waste space on unnecessary details! I had already noticed how quickly borders and other fancy tricks eat up valuable screen real estate. Ben Hunt takes […]

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The quality of the prose in this book simply took my breath away. I can imagine rows of schoolkids reading this one in unison for their GCSE English. It is more akin with a long prose poem, an exploration of a myriad nuances of black, than with the blockbusters that we are used to seeing […]

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Generation A by Douglas Coupland

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Much better by far, the sequel to Generation X has a coherent plot and engaging characters, set in a near-future dystopian world where honeybees have become extinct due to chemical pollution. Shades of Brave New World can be found in the soma-like substance which millions of people have developed an addiction to which promises to […]

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JQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earl Castledine

Monday, March 29th, 2010

So far this has been a really handy little book – although I began reading it on the pdf download and haven’t got much further since the paper copy was delivered. I was surprised by how weighty it was “in the flesh”, at over 400 pages. I had managed to devour a good hundred pages […]

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Generation X (tales for an accelerated culture) by Douglas Coupland

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

This is something of a disappointment after Microserfs and J Cube. Certainly I don’t feel that it lives up to the legend. Perhaps it was more shocking in 1990, and certainly I feel it would have helped me if I had read it then instead of leaving it until after generations Y and Z have […]

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Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

buy Microserfs on Amazon Beautiful, stunning and brilliantly worked, the finale of this novel brought tears to my eyes. The slow and arid pace of the main body of the book suddenly snaps into focus as the perfect foil for the drama of one man’s emotional journey: from the lonely desert of a life which […]

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Neuro Web Design by Susan M. Weinschenk

Monday, February 1st, 2010

A concise and compelling read, this slim volume tells you the A B Cs of marketing, with reference to web design. I can’t say I agree with some of her introductory comments: the book in general is somewhat simplistic and reads like a child’s primer on experimental psychology, so I suppose a few sweeping statements […]

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