the magic that is CSS {giveaway}

UPDATE: The winner of this giveaway is #9, Jenn!

Long, long ago in 2001, I had a 4 year old, a 2 year old, a newborn, and a barely budding web design business. Having graduated from design school in 1995, when web design was barely even heard of, I never “formally” learned web design.

There were many books, forums, trials and errors (I mean many…trials and errors), late nights, coffee, and bald spots from pulling out clumps of hair. I’m here to tell you that if you really want to teach yourself how to do something, you can…and in the world of web design and graphics, it’s easier now than it’s ever been.

Leaning HTML, PHP, CSS and the like really is like learning a foreign language. At first it’s, well, foreign. But when you really immerse yourself and use it in everyday situations, you start to become more and more fluent in that language.

One of the “languages” I use on a daily basis in my work is CSS, which stands for Cascading Style Sheets (that name clears it right up, doesn’t it?). In a plain-English nut-shell explanation, its what makes a website pretty.

Because programming languages are like everything else in technology, there is new stuff to learn every time there’s an update. So I guess you can say that I’m always learning.

A great resource I discovered recently is Peter Gasston’s book, The Book of CSS3, published by No Starch Press. For being so robust and full of valuable information, Gasston approaches this often dry, uninteresting topic in a no nonsense, easy to grasp way. Because the world of browser compatibility changes seemingly daily, there is a companion website to give up to the minute examples and information. If you’re in the market for a good old fashion book to delve into the latest version of CSS, I’d definitely recommend checking out Gasston’s book.

Win It! Would you like the chance to win a copy of The Book of CSS3 for yourself? One lucky reader will be randomly chosen to receive a copy of this great resource. Giveaway ends Friday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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I received a free copy of this book for review. Opinions, as always, are my own.


  1. I would love to win this book! I am starting to get more and more interested in web design and coding and have been working on websites for 4H programs. Our robotics team really wants me to work on theirs, but I would love more knowledge before I get started! Thanks for the chance!

  2. I have been trying to learn more about code and web design so I can make my blog look more professional, and I’ve been having so much fun! But there is only so much “googling” I can do. I think this book would really help me!

  3. I’d love to learn more about CSS and have at least a somewhat sorta working knowledge of HTML, going wayyyyy back in the day when you had to code every single thing without templates and such. My son is a newbie programmer and works with java and config and I bet he’d love to see this book as well! Thanks for the fun chance. :)

  4. I would LOVE to win this. I am 24 and likely will be permanently disabled and with prescriptions and health costs I need a way to make money at home, and rest when I’m not feeling good. I love my computer and would love to learn how to design!
    taznjade at gmail dot com

  5. I have created and teach a course in Web design (VIST 474) for the College of Architecture, department of Visualization. DESIGN if the emphasis which centers around CSS. I would like to win a copy of this book to use as a resource in the course.

  6. wow! can’t believe I missed out on this giveaway! Bummer. you can believe I will be checking back more frequently in the future.
    I need some MAJOR renovation and inspiration.
    It is nice to know I can always head over here to your boutique. Just got to find time to put all these resources to good use…