Cute quote + Recycled article + Unusable technique + Questionable marketing + Awful title = Worst Web Design Book of the Year

Cute quote + Recycled article + Unusable technique + Questionable marketing + Awful title = Worst Web Design Book of the Year

Worst Web Design Book of the Year


I said web design isn’t comparable to brain surgery, but it’s comforting to read appreciative remarks like this:

Today, a talented web designer must be a modern-day MacGyver—that 80s TV action hero who could turn a rubber band and three tin cans into a serviceable aircraft. Turning the average site design mockup into a living, breathing slice of HTML and CSS is a comparably delicate miracle, which must be accomplished using whatever makeshift tools happen to be lying around in current browsers.

Tables: The Next Evolution in CSS Layout by Kevin Yank

Except that I’ve seen at least three other incarnations of the rest of this article, and this is the first time the title changed since Kevin Yank and Rachel Andrew first yelled out “Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong!”


Update (12/13/08): For those who are keeping score, here’s the list of thinly-veiled disguises:

  1. SitePoint
  2. Digital Web
  3. Think Vitamin
  5. 24 Ways

I’m getting tired of all of it. The tag soup, the rehashed article, the need for website layouts to be pixel perfect the way print layouts do (no! they don’t!), the publications being in cahoots with all the promotions, and the fact that they’re telling other people they’re wrong.

Bakit, kilala mo ba ako? Hindi dahil kilala mo ina o kaibigan ko ay pwede mo na rin akong pagtsismisan.

Seriously, stop talking down on people to sell books. I don’t think this book deserved another post, but I was hooked by the above quote (better than the wobbly assumption here), only to find out it’s the same darn thing I’ve read thrice over.

Last: OK, so I can’t call a book the worst one if I haven’t read it. Feel free to replace it with “Why Should I Even Read This?” Web Design Book of the Year.

4 replies

  1. Im beggining to wonder whether Kevin Yank has ever built a CSS layout….

    “Crafting CSS layouts is tricky. In this article, Kevin Yank introduces CSS tables (which, once IE 8 is released, will be supported by all major browsers). They promise to make CSS layouts much easier for everyone. ”

    Once youv’e built a few layouts in CSS, its easy as pie. You could do it with your eyes closed (well basic layouts), its not tricky, just time consuming and requiring a bit of paitence.

    Basically, he’s telling us to use display: table; all the time?

    “Everything you think you know about CSS and then decided to write a book about your guru-like skills” is wrong!!!!

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  2. You’re right. It’s obvious sensationalist crap, but when you get inside it it’s really bad. Especially for those relatively novice CSS coders who would get excited by the title.

    The whole spiel about tables layout and CSS3, which seams to be one of the crucial exposés, is not only banal and inanely simplistic, but crucially misleading in that it throws out of the window all the current practice which has painstakingly covered bases for all browser deficiencies, and instead tells us to create a bizarre piece of work, from the conceptual design right to the code implementation, that behaves monstrously in the standard user’s browser, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

    Keep up the bitching! ;)

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