Designing for Performance
Weighing Aesthetics and Speed
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 182

As a web designer, you encounter tough choices when it comes to weighing aesthetics and performance. Good content, layout, images, and interactivity are essential for engaging your audience, and each of these elements have an enormous impact on page load time and the end-user experience. In this practical book, Lara Hogan helps you approach projects with page speed in mind, showing you how to test and benchmark which design choices are most critical.

To get started, all you need are basic HTML and CSS skills and Photoshop experience.

Topics include:

  • The impact of page load time on your site, brand, and users
  • Page speed basics: how browsers retrieve and render content
  • Best practices for optimizing and loading images
  • How to clean up HTML and CSS, and optimize web fonts
  • Mobile-first design with performance goals by breakpoint
  • Using tools to measure performance as your site evolves
  • Methods for shaping an organization’s performance culture
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If you care about user experience, you have to read this

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      I love that this book doesn't just cover technical aspects of performance, but talks about how you can introduce some of the ideas to your organization – so valuable. Lara does a great job of articulating the tradeoffs between aesthetics and speed – immensely helpful in design phases of client work.

      Chapter 2, "The Basics of Page Speed", is essential for developers. Gaining a greater understanding of how browsers process HTML/CSS/Assets allowed me to develop some of my own ideas about performance on past projects.

      This book has essentially become a checklist for the beginning of every project for me moving forward.

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      The book is nice, and easy to understand. The points are well phrased, and well thought out.

      If you are looking into a book to help you optimize your HTML5 page then this is definitely the one to look at.

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