BACKGROUND In October of last year (2012) i was contacted by a German developer to do consulting on Docbook based ebook design and publishing. Because I had recently started a full time job I had to turn him down. 4 months later things had slowed down at work enough for me to reach out and check with the potential client to check if I could offer any assistance. I was sad to find out that he had given up and pretty much abandoned the project. I offered to run the project for free in exchange of being allowed to write
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC0KxNeLp1E&w=500] I’ve always been amazed by how easliy Chip Kidd has managed to weave the serious and the whimsical aspects of book design.
Introduction Smashing Magazine Newspaper Designs article shows examples of what printed media can do. Having learned to use InDesign for ePub-based ebooks I’ve come to respect the power and flexibility of printed media… working primarily in web environments I’ve always wondered what it would take to do similar layouts. Over the last year at the two HTML5 Developer Conferences I’ve heard more and more about new CSS technologies that would make print-like layouts possible:Regions, Shapes and Exclusions. Adobe has been championing these technologies, not surprising since they also create DTP and Layout programs. While these technologies (Exclusions, Shapes and Regions)