Jennifer Robbins

Jennifer Robbins

Digital product designer and author

  • @jenville
Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. Since then, she has worked as the creative director of Songline Studios (a former subsidiary of O'Reilly) and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of the bestselling Web Design in a Nutshell and Learning Web Design (O'Reilly), and she has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.

In addition to designing, Jennifer enjoys cooking, travel, indie-rock, and making stuff. She (barely) maintains her own at www.jenville.com as well.

HTML5 Pocket Reference HTML5 Pocket Reference
by Jennifer Robbins
Fifth Edition August 2013
Print: $14.99
Ebook: $12.99

Learning Web Design Learning Web Design
by Jennifer Robbins
Fourth Edition August 2012
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $41.99

HTML & XHTML Pocket Reference HTML & XHTML Pocket Reference
by Jennifer Robbins
Fourth Edition December 2009
Ebook: $10.99

Learning Web Design Learning Web Design
by Jennifer Robbins
Third Edition June 2007
Ebook: $35.99

HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference
by Jennifer Robbins
Third Edition May 2006
Ebook: $10.99

Web Design in a Nutshell Web Design in a Nutshell
by Jennifer Robbins
Third Edition February 2006
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

HTML Pocket Reference HTML Pocket Reference
by Jennifer Robbins
Second Edition January 2002
OUT OF PRINT

Web Design in a Nutshell Web Design in a Nutshell
by Jennifer Robbins
Second Edition September 2001
OUT OF PRINT

Learning Web Design: HTML, Graphics, and Animation Learning Web Design: HTML, Graphics, and Animation
by Jennifer Robbins
March 2001
OUT OF PRINT

HTML Pocket Reference HTML Pocket Reference
by Jennifer Robbins
December 1999
OUT OF PRINT

Web Design in a Nutshell Web Design in a Nutshell
by Jennifer Robbins
November 1998
OUT OF PRINT

Designing for the Web Designing for the Web
by Jennifer Robbins
January 1996
OUT OF PRINT

"The book is well organized and well paced for beginners. The book is also an excellent reference guide for intermediate-level web designers who want to fine tune their skills."
--H. Collins, Amazon.com

"The book tells you not only how to do stuff, it tells you why and when it is right to do so."
--Boanerges Aleman-Meza "aleman", Amazon.com

"A perfect book for HTML/CSS/JS introduction and learning. Also is a good reference book because it's well structured, is easy to search by topic and jump to related topics. The exercises are easy and you only need a good text editor."
--Orozco Lopez Victor Leonel "tuxtor", Amazon.com

"This handsome new edition of Learning Web Design can be your how-to, go-to handbook for a long time, whether you are a newbie or already have web experience."
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"I'm really impressed with this 'soup to nuts' book...This really is a 'from the ground up' compendium of everything you'd need to know, from a *designer's* standpoint, of how to author for the web, even coming from a print background."
--Leo Marihart, Brain Scratch

"...when I'm stuck on a stubborn element which necessitates going under the visible page and working directly with html code, this book is a major time saver and de-stressor. "
--John R. Clark, TCM Reviews

"What I really like about this book is that it explains the why's, what's and how's in an interesting conversational tone. "
--Veronica C. Valero, GGCS, Golden Gate Computer Society (GGCS)

"Learning Web Design, now in its third edition, is a great self-teaching guide that covers all the technologies. An excellent resource for novices who want to learn web design, and for experienced users who want to update their skills."
--Major Keary, Book News

"This book teaches web design in as simple and clear a manner as is possible for this topic, and no one interested in learning how to create a web site from scratch will be disappointed...In recent years eXtensable HTML (XHTML) (a more precise mark-up language) and CSS have come onto the scene that newer browsers can use to present more effective websites. This book is an excellent way to update one’s knowledge. If you find that you need to learn HTML, or XHTML, or CSS, I can’t imagine a clearer text than this book."
--Conrad J. Obregon, Nikonians

"As you can see from the contents, this is a nuts and bolts text that teaches the proper coding of websites and emphasizes best practices and web standards. It mentions some software that you could use to build sites but doesn't teach programs. It is quite up-to-date and presents very modern web building practices. Even those who have built sites in the past will find this an excellent refresher that will bring web skills into the 21st century...As both a training text and a basic reference book Learning Web Design is an excellent resource that will give those who actually use it a solid foundation in modern web page building practices."
--Robert Snow, Port Townsend Seriously Laid-Back User Group (PT SLUG)

"In all my years of study I have never come across a text that was so easy to read, so easy to learn from, and yet so thorough in the aspects covered."
--Brian Rampling

"In this new resource from O’Reilly Media, author Jennifer Niederst Robbins leads both the novice an expert web designer along the journey of exciting web design. A professional web designer and teacher for years, her obvious enthusiasm for creating new and engaging site designs comes alive in each page of Learning Web Design, 3rd Edition: A Beginner’s Guide to (X)HTML, Style Sheets, and Web Graphics. This new edition will equip readers from all backgrounds with the skills they need to create original, multi-column CSS layouts with optimized graphic files...As a complete beginner and very conscious of feeling like I was behind the technological wave, I was pleasantly surprised to understand and put into practice the tips and tools listed...Not only did I realize that there is hope for me yet in learning interesting techniques for my future website, but also that with a resource like this, the sky’s the limit."
--Vianna Renaud

"Learning Web Design, 3rd Edition is pleasure to read, it is really well written...Jennifer Robins writes reading this book “feels like sitting in my classroom.” It must be a very nice classroom."
--Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group

"I was very impressed with this book, as it provides an excellent introduction to a standards-based approach for creating web sites. Developers or designers who are new to writing HTML, or individuals who are simply looking for a refresher book should look no further. The author takes the reader through the whole process of creating a web site: from HTML, to adding style elements, to basic graphics considerations, to more advanced topics. This is a very well thought out, thorough book. Frankly, I was surprised at the depth of material included in this book. In addition to an excellent CSS reference, the author goes into more advanced topics, including the CSS box model, what exactly is Unicode, and even how to create web graphics. The addition of this extra material will satisfy advanced readers, but also give beginning HTML coders something to work up towards. In other words, once you cover the basic material of this book, there’s still more material for you to learn. If I had my way, I’d make this book required reading for all web developers. This is a great addition to any web developer’s library. Even those who already have a lot of experience with creating web sites—you might learn something."
--Mike George, Amazon.com

"I have a colleague at work who is dipping her toe into the world of web design. She asked me if I knew of any good books to get her started. I'll be shipping my copy to her, as I'm quite confident this will be exactly what she needs."
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"I just got my copy of Learning Web Design in 3D.. I mean, 3e... and I'm IN LOVE! It looks so beautiful... by far the most impressive book I've ever worked on at O'Reilly. Even after seeing all the PDFs, I was not prepared to be this blown away by the real thing."
--Jennifer Robbins

"What a handy dandy little book. At only 97 pages and measuring 7" X 4 1/4" X 1/8", you can conveniently take this code reference everywhere...But seriously, if you code web pages you’ll want a reference listing of all the HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0 elements and attributes. The Pocket Reference provides just this in an alphabetical listing and there’s more. It tells you what’s been depreciated and what has not (but you might think has). Basic terms are defined, usage explained, and examples provided...unless you have been able to memorize the entire HTML 4.01 Recommendation from the W3C, it is a most convenient way to ensure that you are coding elements and attributes in a syntactically correct and compliant manner."
--Iris Yoffa, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society

"All in all, this is a tidy, not so little volume that does more than just serve as a code reference. Technologies are explained and diagrammed and every aspect of front-end web technology is presented. Clear explanations of web design elements are amply illustrated with code examples. Tips, suggestions, notes and warnings supplement the text nicely. This volume is not a tutorial or a training tool for the person new to web design and coding web pages. It is an excellent reference for anyone working with web development technologies."
--Iris Yoffa, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society