Ding! The sonorous ring of our victorian doorbell startles me out of my work induced stupor as I stare at my computer screen. As I open the door, a scruffy postman plops a heavy box in my arms. “What the heck is this?”, I wonder. With my keys I gouge at the layers of tape wrapped around the box, finally breaking one flap free to reveal the colorful cover of the new Smashing Book: Redesigning the Web.
Authors cherish this moment. You invest incalculable amounts of time toiling away at your keyboard, hoping that the end product will be interesting, educational, or at least entertaining. But it’s abstract work until you hear that bell, and the postman shows you what you’ve been doing for the past few months. It’s a book! And it’s a damned fine one at that!
It’s a treat to hold this book. Its thick, glossy cover is so vivid as are each of the carefully crafted pages nested inside. It’s heavy because the paper and ink that make up this beauty ain’t the cheep stuff. As you read through, the silky orange ribbon will safely guard your place. This is an object to behold.
Despite being comprised of contributions from so many diverse authors, it reads as a well considered narrative, each topic dovetailing into the next as if sprung from one pen. It’s testament to the editing and direction of the folks behind this book. How fortunate am I to be a co-author of such a stunning book. I hope you’ll take some time to read it.
Son of Smashing Book
PS: There was so much great content contributed to this book, that it spawned a sibling. You’ll want to check out Smashing Book #3 1/3: The Extension as well!