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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

We did not create this book (first or second edition) by ourselves. Writing it in a Kelly-and-Emily-vacuum would have taken twice as long (at least) and resulted in a far less information-rich volume. We are indebted to many talented individuals, and many thanks are to be had…

Thanks to our families and our friends who continued to love and humor us despite our constant unavailability and ubiquitous insertion of the words “The Book” into just about every conversation and excuse for asocial behavior.

Thanks to the editorial team at New Riders — Steve Weiss, David Dwyer, Linda Bump, Jennifer Eberhardt, Chris Nelson, Audrey Doyle, Ellen Butchart, Wil Cruz, Jake McFarland, and everyone else — your enthusiasm, attention to detail, and unfailing understanding were instrumental in shaping and producing this book. And a big thanks to the new team at Peachpit — Nancy Davis, Marjorie Baer, Doug Adrianson, and the rest — for taking over the project midstream and running with it.

Thanks to Steve Cotler, walking thesaurus, grammar god, voice police, and critical reviewer throughout the entire process — your unparalleled editorial assistance, generous-beyond-description availability, and blatant honesty made this book better (say very little more!).

Thanks to Chad Kassirer and Sean Dolan, wide-ranging experts in production and processes — your off-hours spent reviewing the material and contributing expertise are very appreciated.

Thanks to our book designers — layout designer Renée Frisbie and cover designers Darren “Dag” Marzorati and Serena Howeth — you outdid yourselves… again. Thanks also to Kim Scott (layout production) for your amazing speed and attention to detail, and to Deb Sherman (photographer extraordinaire) for getting the perfect shot.

Thanks to the gotomedia team: Serena Howeth, Lisa Crosina, Rachel Kalman, Subha Subramanian, Craig Drake, Jeffrey Chiang, Irene Sandler, Regina Sherman, and the rest of the “creative collection” — for ongoing support, encouragement, and contributions to the book. Also much appreciation to the original team at Red Eye Digital Media/Idea Integration — especially Eric Tam, whose original support and loyalty made this book possible.

Thanks to the support team at, and associated with, Waxcreative Design — Abi Bowling, Renée White, Beth Barany, Judith Lumbreras, Candace Apple, Brian Cogley, Deb Sherman, Elizabeth Yarnell, Julie Rozelle, Caitlin Lang, Julie Pottinger (special extra thank you for the contract and royalty statement deciphering assistance), and of course, Emily's mom, Jane, who uncomplainingly did much typing.

Thanks to Jim Heid, Steve Broback, and Tobi Malina for creating the original venue for the evolution of this material. And to Kandice Boyle and Lisa Li for being constant sounding boards and endless sources of encouragement.

Thanks to the companies and colleagues that contributed material to this book: Netconcepts; nGen Works; Phinney/Bischoff Design; Werkhaus Design; Idea Integration/San Francisco; Idea Integration/Houston; gotomedia, inc.; and Waxcreative Design, Inc.

Thanks — huge thanks — to all of this book's expert contributors: Jeffrey Zeldman for his insightful foreword to the second edition and his expertise, Barbara Coll, Sean Dolan, Leigh Duncan, Kate Gomoll, Chad Kassirer, Eric Meyer, Dr. Jakob Nielsen, Nathan Shedroff, Stephan Spencer, Christina Wodtke, and Lynda Weinman. Thanks also to the participating experts from the first edition: Jim Heid, Leslie Phinney, Ani Phyo, David Siegel, and Eric Ward, and to Jeffrey Veen for his foreword to the first edition.

And Emily thanks Kelly and Kelly thanks Emily — mostly just for not killing each other inside the tunnel and for coming back into the sunlight as good friends.

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